Heart Of Darkness by Joseph ConradHeart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Heart Of Darkness

byJoseph Conrad

Paperback | February 2, 2015

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Seaman Charlie Marlowe takes a decaying steamboat on a perilous voyage to the heart of Africa. His mission is to relieve an ivory agent named Kurtz, taken sick at his remote trading station on the Congo River. The cruelty that Marlowe witnesses on his journey, and his eventual meeting with the legendary Kurtz, force him to question not only his own human nature and values, but the very basis of European civilization.

Informed by Conrad's personal experience of Africa, and reflecting the savagery of life in the Belgian Congo, Heart of Darkness is an indictment of the evils of colonialism.

Tales of Unrest is a collection of five compeling short stories in which Conrad explores the nature of the soul and man's psychological malaise.
Title:Heart Of DarknessFormat:PaperbackPublished:February 2, 2015Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1848376170

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic and must read 5 stars. Probably a 100 page novella, but one of the best you can ever read. I agree with history, Conrad was the master of the novella, but not so good with novels (i.e. the secret agent, which you think sounds awesome but realize this author shined in the starts and endings, but not so good in the middles..but I digress) Heart of Darkness, is short and sweet, truly one of my favourites and makes you get an even greater appreciation of Apocalypse Now, which was based off the novel. Beautiful.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Into man's darkest thoughts An introspective into the darkest thoughts of humanity when the environment we're thrown into can destroy our own views of the world we've been accustomed to.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nope I'm going into my last year of university for a degree in English literature. Out of all the books I have EVER read for school, this is the only one I haven't finished. And that's saying a lot.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I struggled through this one I know this is a very famous book but I really found it so depressing and heavy, it was a chore to read it....I forced myself to finish it.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dear Lord This was so dull and boring and for once, it wasn't just because my english teacher sucked the joy out of reading it.
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read This book is deep and interesting. Worth reading.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dull I know this is a classic, but it was pretty slow
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ok Hard to read at times but a great indictment of the horrors that were o unfold in the 20th century and a foreshadowing to the great science of psychoanalysis which would encompass much self discovery and human frankness for the next 120 years.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Read it during high school english. My teacher promoted advanced thinking for us and now in university realize how important this book is and how often it is referenced.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A dense, but worthy read. If you're looking for some light reading, the book isn't for you. This was an intellectually challenging and sometimes dry novel, but an important and interesting piece of literature. Deconstructing the concepts, themes, and symbolism was a rewarding experience that helped my understanding of this work. Every time I re-read it, I absorb something new. Conrad at his best.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Um... I still don't know what the book or Conrad was trying to say with this.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did not hold my interest It was a required reading for one of my English classes, but no matter how hard I tried, I could not finish it. Despite the praise it has received, this "classic" did not hold my interest at all.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did not hold my interest It was a required reading for one of my English classes, but no matter how hard I tried, I could not finish it. Despite the praise it has received, this "classic" did not hold my interest at all.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did not like it. Had to read it for school and although it was wonderfully written I was not a fan.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic This is one of my favorite books, a book I've reread at least five times, and every time I get something more out of it. One of the greatest philosophical novels ever written - a book that really makes you think about human nature, especially in these dark times.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness...the horror! Amazing. The book contains Heart of Darkness and other short stories. It can be a difficult read in some places (the book was written in 1899) but absolutely worth it. I had to google a dozen words for the definitions and re-read a few sections. But in the end this is one of the most realistically descriptive books I have read if that makes any sense. It is not a horror books but it is scary.
Date published: 2014-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Description This book provided a vivid description. It is very hard because of the wording.
Date published: 2012-12-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dark I've had this book on my book shelf for about three years now, every since my grandfather passed away and it's just been itching me to read it. I'm not quite sure how I feel about it, I just felt I had to read it. It's one of those books your "suppose" to read. I find that the book stays true to the title. I think that's what bothers me the most about the book, but also makes it a book you should read, is the darkness. It's so unnerving and sad to say but present in today's society as it was when the book was written . . . cold . . . ruthless . . . human nature. . .
Date published: 2012-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 'The horror, the horror' While I read Lord Jim about 5 years ago, Heart of Darkness isn't something I picked up until this Christmas break. A thought-provoking novel and at times difficult to read. As many people have said it truly is one of the essential reads of the 20th century. Some may get more out of this novel than others as an understanding of the history of the Congo during the era of Leopold II will give a better appreciation of Conrad's work. A good book overall. Also, Heart of Darkness has one of my favourite endings ever, ranking just below the encounter of Humbert and Quilty in Lolita.
Date published: 2010-01-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I read it because I felt I had to. I read it because I felt I had to. It was one of those books, and I have more than a few on my shelf now, that you simply get told again and again that these are VERY IMPORTANT BOOKS, and YOU MUST READ them. I thought it was good and all, and I made it to the end, but I didn't leave with any new understanding. Except maybe for that passage about the Thames in Roman times. ...Which has something to do with the title of the book, the Heart of Darkness, warning against hubris in a strange land, but also warning that success isn't all it's cracked up to be. Soon after I read this, I rented Apocalypse Now, and that clarified things a little bit, at least in my mind, about what it means to "win" a war.
Date published: 2008-04-20

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