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Heart of Darkness and Other Tales by Joseph Conrad
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Read 2 times. Last read October 15, 2009.

A 3.5 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 he's long been regarded as one of the great English authors but his writing style is still impeccable, unique till, I think, few native speakers can match him. One of the reasons is that he wrote numerous English classics worth reading seriously (provided that, of course, you have time, endurance and admiration) and, famously, he has written his works in English as his third language!
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October 15, 2009 – Shelved
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September 21, 2016 – Shelved (Hardcover Edition)
September 22, 2016 – Shelved as: novella
September 22, 2016 – Shelved as: novella (Hardcover Edition)
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November 11, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read (Hardcover Edition)
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December 9, 2016 – Finished Reading (Hardcover Edition)

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message 1: by umberto (last edited Apr 27, 2010 08:01PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

umberto Dear GR friends in BKK and other provinces capable of viewing the HBO channel: PLEASE NOTE!

TODAY (Wed. April 28, 2010): There'd be this movie based on this novel on the HBO at 10.45 a.m. onwards. [Just in case, please keep an eye on the channel from 10.15 since I might recall the time incorrectly, I watched it yesterday somewhere near the end:]. I'm sorry I can't watch it today. Thanks for your feedback if you can watch it, enjoy!


message 2: by Lada Fleur (new)

Lada Fleur Another nice review of the most splendid author on sea adventures only more so...with interior voyage


umberto Lada wrote: "Another nice review of the most splendid author on sea adventures only more so...with interior voyage"

Thanks, Lada, I appreciate your encouragement and message.


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Czarny Pies What I think is so great about Joseph Conrad is that he spent so much of his time examining the English outside of England in various parts of their empire. The impact of 19th Century Imperial England is with us everywhere. Strangely enough it was the Pole Conrad who attempted to make sense of it.


umberto Czarny wrote: "What I think is so great about Joseph Conrad is that he spent so much of his time examining the English outside of England in various parts of their empire. The impact of 19th Century Imperial Engl..."
Thanks, Czarny, I appreciate your inspiring message.


message 8: by umberto (last edited Sep 22, 2016 05:49AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

umberto Thanks, Henry, I appreciate your encouragement.


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