The Heart of Darkness / Edition 2

The Heart of Darkness / Edition 2

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by Joseph Conrad, Cedric Watts
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0460874772

ISBN-13: 9780460874779

Pub. Date: 02/28/1995

Publisher: Everyman Paperback

Did he live his life through in every detail of desire, temptation and surrender during that supreme moment of complete knowledge? He cried whisperingly at some image at some vision,–he cried twice, with a cry that was no more than a breath–

"The horror! The Horror!"

Charles Marlow's journey into the heart of Africa is odyssey into

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Did he live his life through in every detail of desire, temptation and surrender during that supreme moment of complete knowledge? He cried whisperingly at some image at some vision,–he cried twice, with a cry that was no more than a breath–

"The horror! The Horror!"

Charles Marlow's journey into the heart of Africa is odyssey into corruption, absurdity the Africans and conspiring against each other; he voyages upstream on a paddle–steamer that comes under lethal attack; and he encounters the great idealist, Mr Kurtz,the genius who seemed to represent the best Europe. But Mr Kurtz has 'taken a high seat among the devils of the land', and Marlow returns to Europe bearing the burden of appalling knowledge, forced to make his 'choice of nightmares'.

Conrad's seminal tale of self–insprired the far–reaching film Apocalypse Now as well as generations of critical discussion.

A comprehensive paperback edition, with introduction notes, selected criticism, text summery and chronology of Conrad's life and times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780460874779
Publisher:
Everyman Paperback
Publication date:
02/28/1995
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
414,665
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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AUTHORBIO: Cedric Watts teaches at the University of Sussex.

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The Heart of Darkness 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
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Heart of Darkness: The Novel by Joseph Conrad After being informed by my language teacher about just how difficult the reading of Heart of Darkness was going to be, I prepared myself for a hard-to-read book with deeply hidden messages. And that was exactly what the novel turned out to be. The grand use of vocabulary as well as the now aged language used in the book made it all the more difficult to decipher the true meaning Joseph Conrad was trying to get across. However, we tackled the immensely difficult book as a class, section by section and sentence by sentence. By doing so we progressed at a steady pace through this book, reading out loud and discussing in depth what each section of reading meant to us. I believe this is the only way to accomplish grasping the intended messages in the novel and I do not recommend trying to read this book any other way. Still I do recommend undertaking the highly informative story. On the surface it seems to be an amazingly adventurous trek through the deadly labyrinth of the African continent but in turn expresses the feelings Conrad had towards the events and actions taking place in Africa during his era. As I have said several times, in order to interpret those hidden messages it is vital to have assistance from others reading the book as well and to discuss the various meanings of the story. But I recommend reading Heart of Darkness to get a true perception of just what was taking place in the time this book was written.
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Heart of Darkness Heart of Darkness, hhmmm, sounds exactly like what an insane murderer should read for tips. Just kidding. It¿s actually an adventure for the mind as well as the imagination. Written by Joseph Conrad, a Polish Englishman, in the 1890¿s, the novel describes the journey to the Congo taken by Marlow, the main character, who was initially sent there for business in recovering ivory (elephant tusks). On his journey, he encounters ¿savage¿ natives, corrupt port managers, and almost impenetrable minds. As he works his way deeper into the African Congo, he discovers that insanity and futility are common and rarely avoided by anyone, especially the man they call Kurtz. Kurtz is considered to be the best man in the business of ivory and is to be feared by all. His station sits near the center of the Congo and hosts everything from cannibals to Englishmen to obscure, almost futile, relics. It¿s the epitome of insanity. As Marlow becomes acquainted with Kurtz, his mind slowly begins to exit sanity and enter into insanity, his judgment becomes impaired, and his health begins to suffer, hence the title Heart of Darkness. Eventually, Marlow is forced to return home with only three things: a life lesson, a new outlook on humanity, and an unforgettable experience engraved in the back of his mind forever. In my mind, the novel will surpass any doubts you might have as to your liking this story. However, you should note that it is a very challenging read and you need to be out of your box when you do so. Other than that, I would recommend this book to anyone who seeks adventure and deeper meaning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The novel, Heart of Darkness, was a very difficult book to read. Even after reading only paragraph by paragraph, understanding what was going on was extremely hard. I think that this novel was completely useless and taught me nothing but confusion. I do not recommend reading this novel unless you have someone that understands to explain the meaning to you. Without someone¿s help you will not be able to understand the full meaning of the novel and will be thoroughly baffled. The themes of the novel were insanity and futility and without understanding help you will not be able to connect the themes to the novel. Unless you are up to an extreme challenge and have a lot of time on your hands to try and understand this confusing novel, then I say go for it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Heart of Darkness was a very disappointing book. I did not think it was a book worth reading. I regret ever picking the novel. My teacher was hyping up the novel so much and I thought I was going to learn a lot but I did not. Most of the book I did not understand anything that Conrad is saying. The only way I understood what he was talking about was when my teacher did a translation of the book in a way where I could understand it. Why would Joseph Conrad want to produce a novel that nobody could understand? But I would say that there were some parts of the book that I was happy that got the privilege of reading. I now understand futility after reading Heart Of Darkness. Just if you can not read between the lines don¿t try to read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Heart of Darkness was intriguing in different parts. It captures your mind and lets your imagination run wild. Joseph Conrad sets up the scenes so that you feel like you are really there because you, the narrator, are one of the ship members. The book portrays the life and time period accurately. Heart of Darkness is a very challenging book to read and it should not be read all in one day. Although it is a 75 page book you should allow yourself enough time to comprehend it and let the information settle. Joseph Conrad makes the reader think about every sentence and the attention is never lost. Each time you put the book down there is a longing to find out what is going to happen next. The suspension is at a high level throughout the whole book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When reading the book Heart of Darkness, I found that the novel was very complicated and difficult to understand. But, when I watched the movie, it was not as hard to comprehend. I think that it all comes down to actually being able to see what is actually happening instead of having to interpret the complex writing of Joseph Conrad. The movie was also much more graphic than the novel. For example, in the novel when the spear was pierced into Mfumu¿s stomach, even though Joseph Conrad is known as a powerful author, I don¿t think that the pain that Marlow showed in the movie was expressed very well in the novel. When I read the novel, I didn¿t feel any emotions of sympathy for Marlow losing his friend, but when I watched the movie it became obvious that Marlow was sincerely grieving the loss of a good friend and I could see the pain that he was feeling. The novel didn¿t leave me with a great understanding for any hidden symbolism I merely just understood the bare minimum of what occurred in the book. I believe that it is wise to read the novel prior to watching the movie. I feel that I had a grasp on the basic concepts of the book and that the movie just cleared up some of the parts that were difficult to understand when I read it. Due to the complicated writing of Conrad, I don¿t think you can read the book without watching the movie or watch the movie without reading the book. I think that the two go hand in hand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joseph Conrad's timeless classic, 'Heart of Darkness', is a challenging look at the nature of the human condition. It is also a scathing indictment of imperialism and colonialism. In criticizing European imperialism, Conrad proved to be way ahead of his time. Contrary to accusations of racism (which are unsubstantiated and shallow), 'Heart of Darkness' is thematicly complex and ambiguous. The story serves to expose how easily corruptible the human soul is and how the notion of civilization is actually an illusion. This is a pessimistic outlook on humanity and may leave readers shocked and depressed. It is, nevertheless, a mesmerizing and provocative tale. Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the accurate depiction of africans in the book made me instantly promote it to the level of 'one of my favorites'
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his poor depiction of africans ruined the book for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Confusing, horrid,and unreadable. I will give Conrad credit for one thing though, this books shows how horrible is colonialism and imperialism. However, he treats African Americans like animals in the book. That was wrong. I agree with Achebe, writer of 'Things Fall Apart'. Don't bother unless you have to read it for class.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A truly terrifying tale that brings you into a decadent world of ivory, disease, and darkness. Where the jungle embraces and devours you. Hate and chaos reign over this most foul place. All this creates something beautiful and seductive, a spiral leading to the bowels of our morality, and our depravity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joseph Conrad¿s Heart of Darkness tells the tale of Marlow a Riverboat Captain on an escapade into the Marvelous African Congo. Conrad intrigues the reader through his haunting vivid descriptions of Imperialism at it¿s worst. This historical novel reveals the truth of the evils and savagery of humankind as Conrad depicts the moral degradation of ivory traders in the Congo. One of the greatest parts of the book is Conrad¿s ability to demonstrate the little difference between the vanquished and the Vanquisher. He states that the subjugation of other people is ¿ nothing to boast of, when you have it, since your strength is just an accident arising from the weakness of others¿(pg 6 ). I definitely recommend this book for those who are searching for a heart-filled novel that through historical facts is able to encompass the truth of a time unknown to the world today. However, Conrad writing consist of a lot of descriptive language to depict the critical events and scenery of the book, so if you are not so comfortable with metaphors, similes and well detailed descriptions the book might be an uncomfortable read. This book deserved all five stars for its wonderful engaging diction and Conrad¿s ability to tell the truth. One of my favorite and one of the most noticeable aspect of Conrad's writing is his wide use of ambiguity. This however, can be irritating to readers who enjoy concise and straightforward work. I still highly recommend the book and believe that every student should have a chance to experience Conrad's point of view or the world of 1888. I also urge readers who find Heart of Darkness interesting to dig their hands into another of Conrad¿s great books ¿Youth¿ another quick read that involves Marlow the riverboat captain from Heart of Darkness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for the first time just four months ago. I am only sixteen years old, and so far I have read the book four times. Joseph Conrad was (and still is) an amazing author. After reading this book, I purchased Apocolypse Now (film based on book) and enjoyed it quite a bit; though I have a lot of criticism for the film it is possibly the best way that any film could follow this amazing book. I love Conrad stories, and since Heart of Darkness, I have read Lord Jim, Secret Agent, Secret Sharer, Tales of Unrest, Narcissus, and Typhoon. Next I hope to grab a copy of Under Western Eyes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Probably one of the best in Conrad's writing. Truly outstanding Work!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book after seeing the movie Appocalypse Now, which this supposedly inspired. The definition B & N gives for a 2-star rating is Disappointing, and I think that is exactly what this book was for me. It wasn't exciting, wasn't interesting, and I certainly couldn't give a rat's behind about any of the characters. Conrad has written better and you should read better instead of wasting your time on this stale piece of bread.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At the onset of this novel, I didn¿t think I would like it at all, but I figured that it might get better as I went on. Not only did this book get no better than I initially thought, but each time I picked it up I had to pinch my arm to keep from falling fast asleep. Heart of Darkness is a sad excuse for a piece of classical literature, or for that matter, a piece of literature at all. For nearly one hundred pages, Joseph Conrad rambles on like a crazed mental patient about who knows what. It wouldn¿t have mattered if I read this book one time or one thousand times, I would never be able to understand what his purpose in writing Heart of Darkness exactly was. This book was nothing more than a jumbled up mess of random words, that when placed together, formed no valuable plot, but instead a completely useless book and an utter waste of my time. Not only would I not recommend this book, but I would strongly suggest against wasting your valuable time in reading this ¿book.¿