Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

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Heart of Darkness, a novel by Joseph Conrad, was originally a three-part series in Blackwood's Magazine in 1899. It is a story within a story, following a character named Charlie Marlow, who recounts his adventure to a group of men onboard an anchored ship. The story told is of his early life as a ferry boat captain. Although his job was to transport ivory downriver, Charlie develops an interest in investing an ivory procurement agent, Kurtz, who is employed by the government. Preceded by his reputation as a brilliant emissary of progress, Kurtz has now established himself as a god among the natives in “one of the darkest places on earth.” Marlow suspects something else of Kurtz: he has gone mad.

A reflection on corruptive European colonialism and a journey into the nightmare psyche of one of the corrupted, Heart of Darkness is considered one of the most influential works ever written.

Title:Heart of Darkness
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781892295491
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    Heart of Darkness Reviews

  • Richard

    First of all, get this straight: Heart of Darkness is one of those classics that you have to have read if you want to consider yourself a well-educated adult.     Having watched Apocalypse ...

  • Sarah Fisher

    Never in all my life has 100 little pages made me contemplate suicide...violent suicide. i had to finish it. i had no choice (yay college!). every page was literally painful.am i supposed to feel sorr...

  • Sonanova

    Proving yet again that doing a concept first will get you immortalized, while doing it WELL will make you an unknown and forgotten writer at best, I also learned that in Conrad's time, people could dr...

  • Elle (ellexamines)

    From 1885 to 1908, an area in Africa now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, then under the rule of King Leopold II of Belgium, experienced an intense genocide. Through the Red Rubber syste...

  • Sean Barrs

    Is Joseph Conrad a racist? Well, that is a question, a question that is extremely difficult to answer. There are certainly racist aspects within Heart of Darkness. However, how far this is Conrad’...

  • Lyn

    “We live in the flicker -- may it last as long as the old earth keeps rolling! But darkness was here yesterday.”Marlow is not just a narrator or an alter ego of Conrad, but a universal everyman, t...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    (Book 780 From 1001 Books) - Heart of Darkness, Joseph ConradHeart of Darkness (1899) is a novella by Polish-English novelist Joseph Conrad, about a voyage up the Congo River into the Congo Free State...

  • Samadrita

    Overrated. Over-hated. Over-analyzed. Over-referenced....

  • Jr Bacdayan

    Picture Review of Heart of DarknessVisual Key:White Man named Michael Cera – represents Imperialism Sunset – shows the impending darkness that is latently inside manSea – represents the Congo Ri...

  • Leonard Gaya

    Blessed was Odysseus, who returned, full of wisdom, after many conquests and adventures to live a peaceful old age with his wife and family. It didn’t go that well for Charles Marlow. Heart of Darkn...