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Cuore di tenebra e altri racconti d'avventura

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  5,682 ratings  ·  368 reviews
I temi salienti dell’opera narrativa di Joseph Conrad vengono riproposti in questo volume attraverso una scelta di alcuni tra i più rappresentativi romanzi dello scrittore: in Karain: un ricordo e ne La laguna si svolge l’incontro di due culture sullo sfondo di un Oriente magico e misterioso, mentre Il ritorno, Domani, Amy Foster e Gli idioti sono ambientati in Occidente, ...more
Paperback, Grandi tascabili economici #146, 352 pages
Published 2010 by Newton Compton (first published 1902)
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Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kylie Minogue, Joseph Conrad, the fascist state that was Queensland and how I came to realise that the star rating system may not be appropriate for this book. Part two.

As I have reviewed elsewhere in The Delinquents (view 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
I used to like listening to those radio programmes in which public figures, mostly men and usually politicians, gave their opinions on current affairs questions coming from an audience. The projected certainty was always striking. In my memory from time to time questions would come up about what the panel would do in the event of invasion (view spoiler) ...more
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
"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
Smiley (aka umberto)
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novella
Since I have just finished reading this famously tough novella first published in 1902 exactly 117 years ago, I would like to write something here before I forget and it's more convenient to rewrite some sections later after posting it in my Goodreads review. First, I found its title mentioned in the story in six various sentences. In my past readings I perhaps overlooked its title formation and did not take notes or underline key words, phrases, clauses, etc. while reading its texts and, curiou ...more
Smiley (aka umberto)
A 3.75 star novella.

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
Smiley (aka umberto)
It's a pity there is no Everyman's Library edition (hardcover) in the Goodreads list since its cover is magnificently printed, showing a flash/glimpse of light amid the horrible darkness in an African jungle at night and enigmatically shown to its new or latecomers to see and, more or less, can't help wondering what they may read and if they can fathom their understanding or appreciate on what Conrad has long written this novella being the second one in a book entitled "Youth: A Narrative; and T ...more
Smiley (aka umberto)
I came across this handsome hardcover published by the Folio Society early last month at the DASA BookCafe in Bangkok and got it to read the remaining two stories excluding ‘Heart of Darkness’; the stories being ‘Youth’ and ‘The End of the Tether’ in which the first I browsed a few pages years ago and the latter I recalled its title vaguely. Indeed, this trilogy-like book should have been entitled, ‘Youth and Two Other Stories’ but, understandably, its title has appeared as such due to the secon ...more
Dec 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who are ready for a heavy read from a dense writer.
Shelves: books
What a thick little book. I have to say when I first started reading this book back in my freshman year of high school, I hated this book and was quickly bored with it after ten pages. I put it down and gave up on it. Part of the reasn is because I read the short story in front of it and that WAS indeed mind-numbingly boring so I didn't expect anything different from Heart of Darkness.

Now five years have passed and I really enjoy this book. It's just as dense as I remember it, but I definitely
Aug 31, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Patrick by: Jeremy Andriano
Shelves: 2008
I think this was a little over my head, apparently Conrad spoke like a half-dozen languages so maybe I lost something in the translation because I only speak one and 1/4. I got the main themes of imperialism, racism, the thin line between civilization and barbarism, but as for any specific thing that was happening in the book while I was reading, I'm really at a loss for. I did like "Apocalypse Now" though, for what it's worth.
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I've previously reviewed "Heart of Darkness" and I agree with Chinua Achebe's opinion that "Darkness" is a work of racism even given the time in which it was written.
"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
Dec 12, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, literature
While I know and can appreciate that this book is considered a classic by many, it's not my cup of tea. I'm a guy who likes good, solid fiction, based on physical principles. HEART OF DARKNESS is the opposite: metaphysical, spiritual and dwelling on concepts and themes rather than a more reality-based narrative.

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
Guy Portman
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
{contains some spoilers}

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
Feb 09, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This classic has been lounging around in my TBR pile forever. I picked it up over Christmas break, figuring I'd breeze through it in a day or so.


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
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Required reading. Even without this book's relation to the movie Apocalypse Now, the relevance to today and race make this a must for any library. Had a battered paperback copy but ordered a fine hardcover pocket edition that includes a story not in mine--"The End of the Tether." From a craft standpoint, Conrad is just a superb writer. One of the few to rise above the stilted conventions of 19th Century Literature. Being of Polish descent explains a lot, English was his second language. He's a m ...more
Cri (PaperbacksandPizza)

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 Idiots : 3 stars
An Outpost of Progress : 3.75 stars
The Lagoon : 2 stars
Karain: A

Heart of Darkness tells the tale of Charlie Marlow’s journey on an ivory transporter down an unknown river in the Congo. What he sees horrifies and perplexes him, calling into question the very basis of civilisation and human nature. The story follows this commercial agent and the object of his obsession, the notorious ivory-procurement agent Mr Kurtz. This novella has become an important piece in the western canon for its range of themes and scholarly values.

I remember reading this book a few y
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book contains three short stories by the hand of Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness, Youth and End of the tether.

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
It is hard to explain what I thought of this novel. I will do my best to decipher how I feel in a much more concise manner than Conrad himself would have.
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
Justin Evans
Mar 29, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I read HoD in high school, and mainly remembered that my teacher went to great lengths to make us understand the absurdity of all existence etc etc... Then I talked about it in college, and mainly remember Theorists going to great lengths to make me understand the immorality of writing about Africans if you're not and African etc etc... And I just re-read it as a nearly thirty year old and thought: what's all the fuss about? It's straightforwardly an anti-imperialistic squib. Not the greatest sh ...more
Elena Sala
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-classics
This collection of stories was first published in 1902 as YOUTH: A NARRATIVE, AND TWO OTHER STORIES. The "other stories" are HEART OF DARKNESS and "The end of the tether".
"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
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book reminds me a lot about Apocalypse Now: the main character travels through an exotic location and witnesses many weird situations to find a white man who has become a kind of legend, an object of worship for the indigenous people (and had lost his mind).
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
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Just not my thing. Critically, I can see why this book is labeled a classic. There's a lot going on here-- just not my preferred version of a lot.
Tommye Turner
A very good book with a lot of horrible undertones - not something I will read again.
Nick Jones
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joseph Conrad brings discord to our household. For thirty years or more he has been one of my favourite authors, but my partner can’t abide him. She says he disregards women and his works too often read as though they are a bad translation from the French. It is true there are not that many notable women characters in Conrad’s work, but I see this as a limitation rather than a damning failure; and maybe he has a tendency towards a Frenchism or two, but if we look for an author’s voice in a work, ...more
Feb 18, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Review, (18/02/2009).

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.

Review, (27/06/2017).

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
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great compilation. These book includes three different stories but which explore similar themes. Each one represents one of three stages of life; a hopeful youth (Youth), an unenlighted maturity (Heart of Darkness) and old age (The end of the Tether). I bought this book for the much praised Heart of Darkness having never read anything by Conrad, and I was surprised by how much I liked the other two.

Youth is a kind of "long" short story in which Marlow tells about his first trip to the East in fi
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always with classic literature, I must first warn you NOT to read the introduction before the main event. Why publishers put analysis that ruins the whole thing at the front of the book baffles me. Particularly in this case, as an author’s note and end notes are also included. Whyever isn’t the so-called introduction situated as an afterword? It would make far more sense so arranged.

Anyway, I skipped the introduction then read it after the three novellas/extended short stories. It succinctly
Timothy Morrow
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a long time coming, but I finally found the courage to explore and read the Heart of Darkness. Joseph Conrad's novel has some amazing strengths, and one weakness in my opinion. I will begin by speaking on latter. Although I understand that this book was constructed from combined stories by different individuals who traveled in the Congo, this shouldn't excuse the disjointed and sometimes difficult to follow storytelling. This rigid writing may be a product of translation from the mothe ...more
Bruce Crown
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rereads
This review is part of a re-reads series; My friends and I are reading classics we had read in our youth and reviewing them. Readers should also be aware that this review makes important plot points explicit.

“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
Jun 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: savourers of great lit.
What a great rich read this is.
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
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Joseph Conrad (born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski ) was a Polish-born English novelist who today is most famous for Heart of Darkness, his fictionalized account of Colonial Africa.

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
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