Heart of Darkness [NOOK Book]

Heart of Darkness

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  • ISBN-13: 9782819912774
  • Publisher: pubOne.info
  • Publication date: 12/2/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 134 KB

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  • Posted June 15, 2009

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    Didn't grab my heart

    I'm somewhat torn. The English Major in me would really like to give this book a higher rating. The reader in me has a hard time doing so.

    I thought that approaching it a second time as a seasoned English Major would result in a better perspective. Admittedly, I think I got more out of the plot this time and see much more depth and symbolism in the book...but I still found myself struggling to stay awake at times.

    What's sad is that this is not necessarily a slow paced or boring book. It's filled with exploration, political intrigue, violent deaths, savage attacks and other moments of suspense and tension. And yet, it is also filled with lengthy monologues on the nature of man and the perspectives of our narrator Marlow (who is actually a secondary narrator if you want to get technical, since he's telling the story to an unnamed narrator who appears very little in the book at all...a very strange setup).

    The craft or structure of this novel is intriguing and I suspect is a large reason why this is such a classic. As I mentioned briefly above, the narrative style is a little different. The "official" narrator of the book is an unnamed man sitting on a boat. However, the meat of the story is actually told by another man on the boat (Marlow) who is actually telling this story to our unnamed narrator. There are also segments where Marlow is re-telling something someone else said to him or something he read, thus leaving us three or four times removed from the actual events of the story. His spoken narrative is also sometimes a little disjointed and sometimes conversational as though he's lost his train of thought while telling the story or he's distracted or interrupted by something or someone on the ship with our actual narrator.

    The book is full of symbolism and allusion. It can definitely be taken as a commentary on many different aspects of Africa, colonialism, Imperialism, savagery, humanity, principles, beliefs, truths, and many other high level themes. However, the book doesn't seem to come up with any concrete answers about any of these and even leaves us in the darkness as to exactly which commentary we should be paying attention to. Truly, many social commentaries leave off just short of prescribing a plan of action, but they generally make their arguments fairly clear. In the case of Heart of Darkness, I feel like I came away more muddled than when I began. Yes, I acknowledge that oppression of so-called savages is not to be condoned, but I knew that ahead of time...and honestly, I'm not entirely sure that oppression is the core meaning of the novel.

    I appreciate that this novel has depth to it that I don't understand. It's definitely a difficult novel that's hard to truly access. It's high level plot and themes are intriguing, but I don't feel that they stand well enough on their own to warrant an outrageous following. In order to truly appreciate this book, I feel that it requires very in-depth study and discussion of weeks or months. Maybe I'm just looking for too much, and if that's the case, then my view of the book goes down even more. Maybe I'm just obtuse and missing the point, which means my review is unfortunately lower than it should be.

    Whatever the reason, I don't love this novel and don't anticipate reading it again. If somebody else reads it and loves it and wants to discuss it with me and turn me around, I'd gladly open a discussion, but for now, I stick by my rating.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2010

    Hear of Darkness

    The book to me was okay. I mean if you like a book that sounds like a poem all the way threw it then it's probably going to be a book for you. Other than that the book was good. I like the story of a man who is trying to get a job but ends up fighting for his life. When I first read the title Heart Of Darkness I thought it was going to be about something totally different. But see surprise can be a good thing and in this case it was.

    but one thing about the book i liked was that i couldn't really connect with the book. because alot of books i read i can. so maybe it was the fact that i chose a book i dont' usually read to read instead.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    Dream-Like and Brutal

    This is probably one of the best novels I have read, and its place in the English canon is well deserved. I don't agree with the Achebe line of criticism. Even setting aside the question of Conrad's personal beliefs, which don't necessarily accord with Achebe's assesment, I think it's hard to argue that the book is anything but negative on the European, colonialist outlook. It is true that you could read and celebrate the brutality and dehumanization of the Africans herein, but to do that you would have to overlook a lot of the text. Obviously not at all coincidentally, it would be similar to but more willfully ignorant than people taking Apocalypse Now as a pro-war movie. On that note, I strongly look forward to the movie or book that, much like Coppola did for Vietnam, presents an explicit adaptation of this book to American brutality, exploitation, and imperialism in Afghanistan and Iraq. I think this book should be taught in more high schools so that more people are exposed to its commentary on those kinds of affronts.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2007

    heart of darkness? more like heart of boredom...

    After reading the first chapter of Heart of Darkness, I was left half-asleep, bored, and confused. I had predicted that I would grow to love the book and that Conrad¿s intense way of putting things would help me become a more analytical reader, but honestly as I continued to read the book, the more uninterested and baffled I became. The book followed a story set in Africa, on a river labeled the Congo. The story is recollected by a sea captain named Marlow, who told the story while on a ship in the Thames River. Marlow went to Africa to take command of a ship that was responsible for transporting ivory. He discovered some insane stuff in Africa stuff that changed his life. He befriended cannibals, obsessed over a man, had his ship sunk by his own boss, watched a newfound friend get stabbed through the chest then killed, and he even went a little crazy. Sounds like fun right? Wrong. Like I stated earlier, the story is dull and hard to read. The novel is also filled with much futility, and I think that¿s one of the main reasons that I loathed it so terribly much. For example, Marlow obsessed over meeting Kurtz, an agent for the company who collected more ivory than all the others combined. Marlow¿s consumed with desire to meet Kurtz, because he is convinced that they are alike. Not only does he find out that Kurtz is horrible, but Kurtz died almost right after we met him. Another thing that happened in vain, was them blowing up a hill for absolutely no reason. It was basically just busy work to keep the slaves active. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and everybody has different ideas on what is pointless and what isn¿t. When it comes to my opinion on the book, straight up I will tell you that I hate it and it¿s horrible and I wish this torture upon no one. But hey, somebody out there might actually enjoy the story so the best way to find out if it¿s the right book for you or not, would be to pick up the narrative and ignore my views on it and form your own opinion. Have fun!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2002

    The Horror! The Horror!

    A moral journey and an account of how lust for power overpowered one man's soul, heart of darkness is without a doubt one of the greatest stories ever written. Conrad has a command over words similar to Joyce, and some passages are so poetic they make you gasp. This is especially amazing considering English was his third language! Not only is it thought-provoking and meaningful as a parable, but it is also an absorbing read strictly as an adventure story. The most common complaint I've heard about this book is its wordiness. However, in my opinion no extraneous words are included, every one contributes to the nightmare-like atmosphere. If you want succinct writing that says nothing, give up and read Hemingway. If you can't understand this, you shouldn't be criticizing it. That said, this is a truly great book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2000

    Good Storytelling

    I felt I was sitting across from Marlow, who is telling the story of his experience in the Congo. This novel is different from most in that it is written so that the reader is listening to someone's story related rather than the reader feeling s/he is there as the story happens. The style matches that of someone telling you his experience as you listen. This makes the style somewhat choppy and sometimes confusing as to who is speaking, the narrator or another character. Nonetheless, I found myself gripped by the tale. I read the book in one sitting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2015

    Addon to gemma/star theif's bio

    Gemma's new nickname is Gemm!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2015

    Addon to saphira's and kyros' bios

    Saphira's nickname is Saphirs, and Kyros' nickname is Kynod!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2015

    Nyla

    Name: Nyla/ Age: 16 / Looks: Blonde hair, green eyes. / Crjsh: eragon. / other... ask meh

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2015

    Piper Add- on

    Crush: Leonis....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2015

    Sera to the letter

    Not happening..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2015

    Dante

    Name: Dante Holimion (Diamonddew). Age: 32. Race: Dunmer (dark elf). Past family: Adran Holimion (dad, deceased), Althaea Holimion (mom, decesased), Bryn Holimion (sister, alive, lives in Skyrim), Rael Holimion (brother, alive, lives in Morrowind). Current family: Katrina Holimion (wife), Thia Holimion (daughter, wood elf), Skylar Holimion (son, high elf), Felony Holimion (daughter, dark elf). Looks: Jet black skin, red eyes, small ponytail, orcish armor. Powers: Shapeshifting into dragon named Morrowind. Personality: Get to know me. Other: Nien.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2015

    Storm &Omega Bio &Omega Update

    Full name :: Stormbringer but she thinks its too long<p>Name she goes by :: Storm<p>Gender :: &female<p>Age :: 550 years old<p>Species :: Rainwing Skrill cross breed<p>Rank :: Tribe leader's daughter and heir to being alpha female<p>Lools ::<br>-Scales-constantly shift color with mood. Usually light grey. In battle they are dark grey with whiteish yellow lightning marks on her flanks<br>-Eyes-sharp blue with silver flecks<br>-Height-40 feet<br>-Length-30 feet<br>-Wingspan-135 feet<br>-Body Build-her build is strangely more like a Skywing. She has enormous wings and her shoulders are very well muscled<br>-Other Features-she has two horns on the back of her head that are pearly white. She has a line of spikes running down her spine and she has obsidon diamonds embedded between her scales. She also has a silver armband on her righr front leg<p>Crush :: Kyros<p>Mate :: Kyros<p>Dragonets :: Crystal(white with diamonds embedded between her scales and a few silver scales. Her horns are silver as well as the spikes running down her spine, &female), Scarlet(oddly, she is a Skywing and is ruby red with rubies embedded between her scales. Her wing membranes are amber and her eyes are gold with yellow, orange, and amber flecks, &female), Galaxy(silver with swirls of lavender, gold, white, and light blue like galaxies and she has blue eyes, &female)<p>Family :: her dragonets, Kyros, Saphira(mother; tribe alpha female; alive), Thorn(father; tribe alpha male; alive), Moondawn(sister; no idea if she is alive or not)<p>Rider :: Zach<p>Rider-Crush :: ...<p>Personality :: meet me<p>Weapons :: lightning, fire, Rainwing venom, teeth, claws, head, tail, wings<p>Likes :: storms, lightning, dragonets, Kyros, fish, gems, reading<p>Dislikes :: annoying dragons, being insulted, being annoyed, stolen gems, stolen fish, stolen or ripped scrolls<p>History :: ...<p>Siggy :: &#9830 &Sigma&tau&sigma&pi<_>m &Omega &beta&pi&eta<_>g&epsilon&pi &#9830<p>Other :: ask<p>&nbsp;<p>&nbsp;<p>&nbsp;<p>SCALE AND BODY LANGUAGE GUIDE<br>red scales, tail flicking back and forth=mad<p>yellow, smiling=happy/excited<p>black, growling, lightning flickering across scales=your-gonna-die<p>pale green, groaning, curled in a ball=sick<p>light blue, humming=calm<p>white, screaming(maybe)=pain<p>dark red, growling=VERY mad<p>orange, staring around=bored<p>purple, flinching away, kinda hidding=guilty<p>rose pink=love<p>gold, humming=happy and content<p>amber and dark green, big eyes=interested<p>turquoise=curious<p>silver, drooping eyes=tired<p>amber=confused<p>lavender=shy<p>blue-grey=sad<p>&nbsp;<p>&nbsp;<p>&upsilon<_>s&epsilon &tau<_>h&epsilon<_>s&epsilon &omega&epsilon<_>ll, &gamma&sigma&upsilon&eta<_>g &sigma&eta&epsilon.<p>&nbsp;<p>&nbsp;<p>&nbsp;<p>&nbsp;<p>&nbsp;<p>&nbsp;<p> &nbsp; WARNING<br>Do not, under any circumstance, make her mad. Why, you ask? Because you will never see the l<_>ight of day again if you do make her mad.<br> &nbsp; WARNING<p>&nbsp;<p>&nbsp;<p> &nbsp; ~&Omega&#9830Storm&#9830&Omega~<p>&nbsp;<p>&nbsp;<p>&nbsp;<p>&nbsp;<p>SIDE NOTE:<p>&nbsp;<p>&nbsp;<p>HI! I LIKE CANDY!<p>&nbsp;<p>&nbsp;<p>ok REAL SIDE NOTE:<p>&#9788 &#9788 &#9788 &#9788 &#9788 &#9788 &#9788 &#9788 &#9788 &#9788 &#9788 &#9788 &#9788 &#9788 &#9788 &#9788 &#9788 &#9788 &#9788 &#9788

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2015

    Flora's Bio

    Name: Flora Lollipop <p> Age: 17 <p> Species: Human <p> Looks: Frizzy carmel hair. Green eyes. Always wears a purple shirt that says 'Live Life and Love Animals' <p> Crush: None <p> Height: 5'9 <p> Personality: Kind. Cannot hurt her feelings <p> Powers: None <p> Siggy: Fl0r &alpha L0llip0p <p> Anything else ask.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2015

    Eragon

    Her?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2015

    Leonis bio

    Go to res won and see

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2015

    Storm bio add on

    Dragonets :: Crsytal(silver with white wing membranes and unnerving blue eyes. She has diamonds embedde between her scales, &female), Firnen(green with emerald green eyes and emeralds embedded between his scales, &male), Scarlet(ruby red with orange eyes with gold, amber, and yellow flecks. She has rubies embedded between her scales, and is stranely a Skywing, &female), and Galaxy(purple tinted silver with amethysts shaped like a gemstone embedded between her scales. She has several swirls of gold, silver, purple, blue, and yellow here nd there like galaxies. Purpe eyes with silver flecks, &female)<p>Storm's symbol :: &#20822<p>~Storm

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2015

    Kyros Bio Add-On

    His neck, back, tail spikes are arranged in a thick "mane". When he moves, the distinct rattling of his spikes-mane will always be heard.

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