This book exposes and condemns European racism and colonization, not condones it. It is dense but worth the effort. Worse yet, most folks are forced to read Heart of Darkness and A Tale of Two Cities, in Dickens' case , not because of the book's inherent literary value but rather, I suspect, because of the perceived historical lessons a student may draw from it. The imagery and detail is so sprawling, graphic and nuanced that you have to be as energised as the writer to meet the text. I'd be pacing up and down my living room.
I read it in high school and hated it, then re-read large sections of it along side State of Wonder. I'm sure if I re-read it I could glean many other significant information, but that will have to wait. Compare the ghostly miners with the heads on the pikes. Set in the second half of the nineteenth century, the story begins with the introduction of protagonist Charles Marlow, who is on board a boat harbored in the River Thames. Marlow doesn't understand why there is such an aura of mystery around Kurtz but when he meets him, he realizes that Kurtz has gone a little crazy in this foreign land. The book ends with a restatement of the delusion at home.
I've meant to get around to reading this for the last ten years or so. I might just have to give Apocalypse Now a chance. The throbbing menace of the landscape Conrad takes you through is matched perfectly by the brooding inner dialogue of a character utterly lost with himself. Now, of course, we recognize Conrad's commentary in the book and also his struggle to accept that he belonged with a set of people who were denuding Africa of all its riches. Incidentally, my favorite movie was based on this novel: Apocalypse Now.
What really happened was not quite so enlightening, Marlow recounts the violence and brutality that ensues on his journey through the Congo. A darkness lingers around the edges of your heart, leaving you with the uneasy feeling that everything noble that you've previously held in esteem is nothing but a pile of rancid hippo meat and lies. Are we different at heart? I'm sure if I re-read it I could glean many other significant information, but that will have to wait. However, her evident talent is misapplied in this piece, in which she is cast as the voice of a soul-tormented ship's captain and other desperate male characters. You can't just run away to a uncharted territory in this day and age, but I still felt a lot of mysticism coming from Marlow's journey into the heart of the Congo. I actually found the 'story within a story' format a little unnecessary. It was also kinda boring.
Download and start listening now! It was probably the most difficult read of my life and I think a lot went past my head though. I'm not sure how it was received at the time it was written. The book itself would probably get 4 stars, despite its unfortunate racist overtones. It's the longest 84-page book I've ever seen. Librivox readings are not mere communication of audio text; they are an art form, as much as are live theatre, cinema, and radio plays. I was made to read it in my freshman year of high school, so that was some time ago, but even so.
I assume it was shocking. Heart of Darkness is a short but compelling novel which follows the journey of the narrator, Marlow, into the heart of Africa at the height of the British empire. Look for meaning in the corners and the shadows. Kenneth Branagh's phenomenal narration made this one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to thus the five-star review. This was the inspiration for Apocalypse Now, eh? I got it and yet I feel I didn't really. It deals only in the darkness that can fill your heart once you've spent enough time in a desolate place. Has some key elements missing, and the plot at the end of the story gets trampled on by long winded over-dramatic sentences.
All I was reading was each word - individually. The novella has actually inspired music and theatre as well as a lot radio, movie, and television adaptations. That is at least one way of seeing it. Had a hard time getting over the way that Conrad writes but after that I really liked the book as a whole. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine. Well worth the early pain as the trip takes place. This is a dark time for the congo where the whole mission of these imperialistic countries was to bring light to the savages and where better than the 'Heart of Darkness' itself, the Congo.
In the course of his travel in central Africa, Marlow becomes obsessed with Mr. If you wish to read one of the classics of western literature but feel that you lack the time to sit down and read a book, then this audiobook is the best solution for you. His trips to Africa, South America, southern Europe and elsewhere gave him immediate contact with exotic, hardly-known places that he would later bring to menacing and knowingly inchoate life. Amazon and Audible having been giving away a free audiobook each month along with a free classic Kindle ebook to help promote their Whispersync for Voice feature that syncs Kindle ebooks and Audible audiobooks together so that you can easily switch back and forth between listening and reading. I've read it many times.
Conrad is one of the best, five star literature. You just need an app, either a Kindle app or an Audible app to listen to the audiobook. By the end you get a bit drowned in the heavy 19th-century writing style. But Jee, is he a great writer tackling the sad and the transcendent, yes, sir. If not for the required reading materials in school, we would be barely familiar with these gems let alone read them.