Cuore di tenebra e altri racconti d'avventura
As I have reviewed elsewhere in The Delinquents (view spoiler)["https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... (hide spoiler)] Lola (Kylie Minogue in the film of the book) liked Joseph Conrad and so do I, but not as much as some. I suspect that Lola was reading Conrad as boyfriend Brownie was away at sea in the early days of their rel ...more
"The horror! The horror!"
— Heart of Darkness
Have you ever tried any meditation technique? Well, just last year I began to make some research about it. What I found was truly compelling, so I decided to try some of the exercises I read about, which I still practice sometimes on my spare time. There's a great gamma of those techniques and regardless of your religious or spiritual beliefs, all of them have one and only purpose: to help he who puts them to practice. Personally, they helped me cope w ...more
I've read this fairly short novel praised on its back cover in the Oxford World's Classics as "The finest of all Conrad's tales," some three or four years ago and found it a bit tough. This novel's not easy to understand since Marlow, the chief character, enmeshed by the mystery and menace along his dangerous journey up the Congo River to relieve the formidable Mr Kurtz finally made his encounter with him. However, I found it enjoyable and kept reading it till the end.
I know ...more
Now five years have passed and I really enjoy this book. It's just as dense as I remember it, but I definitely ...more
"Youth" was a much more enjoyable work and I can't improve upon the afterword's description of this work as one of Conrad's "feat of memory", in which youth, fantasies, and dreams disappear in a matter of seconds.
"The End of the Tether" is in a way like the travel of the ship in "Darkness" but here we encounter new civilizations on ...more
At its worst, this is a string of metaphors and imagery, linked by a light plot that doesn't go very far. Conrad visited the locales he writes about, and there is certainly local flavour ...more
This Wordsworth Classics compilation consists of three nautical themed tales. The first of which is the short story Youth. In Youth the middle-aged narrator, Charles Marlow, recounts his voyage as a young man aboard The Judea, a vessel carrying coal in the Far East. The voyage ends in disaster.
Also narrated by Marlow, Heart of Darkness is a novella about a steamship sailing up a river through the jungles of The Congo, in search of Mr Kurtz, a mysterious ivory trader, who ...more
It was like wading through wet cement.
The first story, "Youth", actually wasn't too bad. Story #2, "Heart of Darkness", was painful. The third one, "The End of the Tether" - man, I couldn't even finish. I struggled through over 1/2 and finally called it. Conrad's writing is so suffocating and so overblown it was difficult to get a solid grasp of ...more
DNF AT PAGE 208 out of 383
I really tried to push myself into finishing it, but life is short and you better read books you like, am I right? It's not that I hated it, but it was SO SO boring, I actually slept while reading it. There are even stories that I rated 3.5 stars or 3 stars, but some of them, oh dear God . let's just not talk about them.
THE SHORT STORIES I READ AND HOW I RATED THEM :
The Idiots : 3 stars
An Outpost of Progress : 3.75 stars
The Lagoon : 2 stars
I remember reading this book a few y ...more
What struck me about Heart of Darkness is that Conrad is absolutely brilliant at setting the mood for his story. The atmosphere was what I remember most about this story; it made me feel uneasy, yet at the same time sucked me in deeper into the world of Heart of Darkness.
Conrad is, in writing this story, very much a product of his time. He seems to be very aware of the 'white men ...more
This short book, a novella at best, is divided into 3 parts. Part one finds Marlow, our principal narrator, on a boat on the River Thames talking about his experiances in the Congo and how he was previously employed by a trading company to recover some ivory, and more importantly, an exceptional trader by the name of Kurtz. This first part was ...more
"Youth" fits into the Victorian genre of boys adventure stories. Though not strictly autobiographical, the story follows Joseph Conrad's own experience as second mate in a wooden barque called "Palestine", which sank off the coast of Sumatra in 1883. The remarkable freshness of this story is checked abruptly by the next tale: H ...more
The attitude to the peoples being conquered in Africa is not typical for Conrad's contemporaries, the narrator at least understands that what white people did in Africa was dictated by greed, however, he doesn't see indigenous people as e ...more
Perhaps it's my lack of knowledge as concerns this part of history? Or worse, perhaps there are fictions that I'm not yet open too? But this book, while having a wilderness about its prose, lacked much coherency as far as narrative. It flew over me a little, I suspect. I may read it again someday in future.
So, I come back to this something like a decade later, and spurred to it by a paragraph from Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism. Arendt is ...more
Youth is a kind of "long" short story in which Marlow tells about his first trip to the East in fi ...more
Anyway, I skipped the introduction then read it after the three novellas/extended short stories. It succinctly ...more
“The only real feeling was a desire to get appointed to a trading-post where ivory was to be had, so that they could earn percentages. They intrigued and slandered and hated each other only on that account,—but as to effectually lifting a little finger—oh, no. By heavens! there is something...more
From Marlowe's boyhood fascination with maps of unexplored territories,
specifically a tortuous snakelike river its tail lost in a vast country Conrad is already striking ominous notes-"it fascinated me as a snake a bird - a silly little bird." For this romantic naivete will soon disappear when confronted with the brutal reality of colonialism.
We see Marlowe growing in sympathy for what he has considered an alien, inferior and savage race as he witnesses their marty ...more
Conrad left his native Poland in his middle teens to avoid conscription into the Russian Army. He joined the French Merchant Marine and briefly employed himself as a wartime gunrunner. He then began to work aboard Br ...more