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Heart of Darkness; Almayer's Folly; The Lagoon

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Three stories of the tropics...

Heart of Darkness
The haunting story of a journey into the heart of the Congo ivory country, where a remarkable man named Kurtz degenerates while wielding the power of a native deity.

Almayer's Folly
A European deteriorates on his jungle estate in the Borneo back country, his dreams of wealth and escape frustrated by native intrigue and the loss
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Mass Market Paperback, 317 pages
Published 1960 by Dell Publishing Co, Inc (first published 1899)
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Gary
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
An excellent three story collection based around the Tropics, no doubt representative of Conrad's experiences in modern day Malaysia/Indonesia. The first of course is Heart of Darkness, and there's not much more that I could probably add that someone hasn't already. This is certainly Conrad at full command of his prose and psychological insight. The slow creep of impending doom and the claustrophobia brought on by the description of the jungle reminded me of Lovecraft in some ways.


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Peter
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Such story telling such character development. Such a grasp of heart and soul. So progressive and compassionate are Conrad's insights that the reader encounters outrageously retrograde comments on Malay and Arab character and assumes Conrad wrote with irony, satire, or disdain for the prejudices endemic to nineteenth century Europe.

In truth, the text doesn't make a strong enough case to support Conrad's mind being more progressive than those of his characters. One knows he traveled around the w
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One of the most atmospheric novels ever written. Every sentence is a treasure.
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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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