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Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
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Jan 12, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: ebooks, historical, library
Read from January 12 to 22, 2011

I checked this book out originally because I knew it was the inspiration of Apocalypse Now. While the points of parallel were obvious, this book was really a different sort of experience all together.

The language was quite beautiful, though I felt that the choice to write a first person narrative in which a third party tells another first person narrative was questionable. The "narrator" of the story really serves no purpose other than to be an available ear for the true narrator's tale.

Heart of Darkness provides an interesting insight into the mind of nineteenth century Europe, and its thought about Africa, entitlement, non-Caucasians, and trade. It also tells us a great deal about the expectations of these men for one another, and themselves.

The travel itself, up the river to the impressive and enigmatic Kurtz, is just a backdrop to the true journey within the narrator's minds and attitudes.

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