Heart of Darkness ~ Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness ~ Joseph Conrad

by Joseph Conrad

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BN ID: 2940015990133
Publisher: Unforgotten Classics
Publication date: 08/17/2015
Series: Unforgotten Classics , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 210 KB

About the Author

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) grew up amid political unrest in Russian-occupied Poland. After twenty years at sea with the French and British merchant navies, he settled in England in 1894. Over the next three decades he revolutionized the English novel with books such as Typhoon, Nostromo, The Secret Agent, and especially Heart of Darkness, his best-known and most influential work.

Date of Birth:

December 3, 1857

Date of Death:

August 3, 1924

Place of Birth:

Berdiczew, Podolia, Russia

Place of Death:

Bishopsbourne, Kent, England

Education:

Tutored in Switzerland. Self-taught in classical literature. Attended maritime school in Marseilles, France

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Heart of Darkness ~ Joseph Conrad 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Ashton_Hughes More than 1 year ago
This composition of artistic literature is an extremely profound read. While it is short, it seemed that each word of the novel was thought out precisely, with attention to detail. Conrad’s subtle metaphors were a rhetorical device I noticed most throughout the novel.  For example, “Kurtz,” meaning “short,” in German puts an ironic twist on the character, along with the native women representing so much  more than simply herself. The title, however, is the biggest metaphor or better yet, a symbol for the entire book. “Heart of Darkness,” has  many different interpretations including the grim state of mind due to the many consequences of Imperialism. It also refers to the place at the end of the Congo River that was Marlow’s destination. The title references a theme of a heart with good intentions can eventually turn  into a mind of darkness without realization. I would highly recommend the reading this novel, but reading it closely. While you may not be able to pay as close attention to detail as Conrad did, fully understanding the subtleties in his writing will pay off immensely. I wouldn’t recommend seeing the film because I feel it  doesn't do the book justice. While it played out the major plot points, the metaphors and nuances that propel this novel above others were  either skimmed over, or completely missed. This book really is a literary treasure that transcends time and I would recommend it to everyone.
Chloe_Reichert More than 1 year ago
This novel was the most difficult novel that I have ever had to read. Although it was written in English, it felt like I was reading a different language. Conrad uses and excessive amount of metaphors and symbolizations. Like most books, I had to really focus and read between the lines. It was so well-written that I do not think I will ever be as impressed with a book. Written more than a century ago, the book and its undying theme holds just as much significance even today. Intense and captivating, it looks into the darkest recesses of human nature. Conrad takes the reader through a horrific tale in a very gripping voice. I could not say enough about Conrad's mastery of prose. Not a single word is out of place. Among several things, I enjoyed Marlow expressing his difficulty in sharing his experiences with his listeners and his comments on insignificance of some of the dialogue exchanged aloud between Marlow and Kurtz. The bond between the two was much deeper. Whatever words Conrad uses to describe them, no one can really understand in full measure what they had been through. In Marlow's words: ". . . No, it is impossible; it is impossible to convey the life-sensation of any given epoch of one’s existence--that which makes its truth, its meaning--its subtle and penetrating essence. It is impossible. We live, as we dream--alone. . . ." This was the first time I read this book which doesn't seem enough to fathom its profound meaning and all the symbolism. It deserves multiple reads. I recommend this book to anyone that likes a challenge. By Chloe Reichert
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Emmi Burke: Heart of Darkness, written by Joseph Conrad in the 1890’s, is one of the most challenging and difficult books to have been written. One cannot simply skim breezily through this novel and hope to grasp the hidden meanings and multiple layers of this story. Heart of Darkness takes one’s time and brain power and energy to comprehend. That being said, while reading this novel, one must focus solely on the meanings behind Conrad’s words. Taking the book page by page, paragraph by paragraph, and sentence by sentence is necessary to one’s understanding of the plot line and development of the characters.  The reason behind the difficulty readers experience while trying to comprehend this novel is due to Conrad’s extensive use of symbolism. The novel Heart of Darkness is best described as literature’s Russian doll. Like this Eurasian child’s toy Heart of Darkness contains multiple layers. The deeper one digs while reading, the more he or she learns about Conrad (Marlow)’s experience in the depths of Africa. This novel contains both a simple and deep level. How much of this story is told each reading depends solely on the reader. Conrad’s use of symbolism relates this novel not only to past events in far off countries, but to present day problems happening here and now as well. The points Conrad make throughout this novel pertain to the world on both a global and personal scale. Conrad consistently mentions the darkness and evil that he experienced on his journey down the Congo. He describes the depths of Africa as the heart of darkness, the place where true evil resides. The natives are known as savages and cannibals and enemies. They are still primitive creatures, unaware of the massive changes occurring around them. And Mr. Kurtz, the man Marlow is searching for throughout this novel, is described as a changed man. Once a good and kind man, Kurtz’s ideals have shifted and he now sees the world as a blind man would, a black abyss and impenetrable darkness. But peel away these primitive layers, and look at the deeper meanings of these key characters and places. View the whole of Africa as one being, as ourselves. Are our cores filled with darkness? Are our innermost beings primitive and almost cannibalistic? Have our good intentions turned us into monsters? Looking at Conrad’s novel on a more symbolic level arouses these questions in the mind of the reader. This novel leads the reader to look inside his or herself for the answers. And every person who is living in this crazy world needs to experience these questioning moments, brought upon by Conrad’s beliefs, to ensure that the path ahead does not lead into the dark and that goodness and happiness are still present throughout. This book is a must read for all of those feeling slightly lost and who may need a little help finding the switch that turns on the lights. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Times up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Thank you." She dipped her head again.
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BORED!
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