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Posted February 1, 2006
I was extremely disappointed with this book especially after reading its reviews. This book is too lengthy for its plot, and sleazy scenes intersperse the substance of this book. It is a Conradian tale, and it reaches the same conclusion as Heart of Darkness--'The Horror, The Horror.' Caputo states this conclusion more blatantly enumerating how Africa is the fertile ground in which the innate human evilness can flourish. This alone was disappointing because it was highly unoriginal. In addition, Caputo offers nothing additional which can counter Chinua Achebe's claim that Conrad is a 'bloody racist' due to his conclusion and portrayal of Africa and Africans. Though I do not completely agree with Achebe, I think that Caputo's book would have been greatly strengthened if he did not emphasize the corruption and injustice that facilitates 'African justice.'
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