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Heart of Darkness (Everyman's Library) Hardcover – October 26, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-0679428015 ISBN-10: 0679428011

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Introductin by Verlyn Klinkenborg

About the Author

Joseph Conrad was born in Berdichev, Ukraine, in 1857. After both of his parents died of tuberculosis, Conrad went to live with his uncle in Switzerland. After attending school in Krak—w he joined the French and then the British merchant marines, sailing to exotic destinations like the West Indies and the Congo, which would later become the backdrops for some of his fiction. In 1894 he settled down in England and began his literary career. In 1902 Conrad published his most famous work, The Heart of Darkness, and continued to write until his death in 1924.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman's Library (October 26, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679428011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679428015
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this book to better appreciate Apocalypse Now and it definitely helps.
bravhat1234
Racist, not a racist... I'm not really sure, but it's a powerful read that will leave you reeling, if you give it your full attention.
DougP
Every single tangled mass of words in the Heart of Darkness is nothing but elaborate emphasis on the plot and the overall imagery.
C. Doke

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nancy May on October 12, 1997
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The words, "brooding" and "gloom" appear in four of the first five paragraphs of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Why this mood? It was the pessimism gripping England late in the 19th century brought on by Darwin's startling revelations and the subsequent realization that perhaps mankind is not God's chosen. Conrad seasons the narrative with images of evolution. The story is told aboard a yacht at anchor, riding out the tide in the Thames, a waterway that led "to the uttermost ends of the earth," even "to the night of the first ages." Scientists speak of early man as if he lived long ago, but Marlow, the narrator, guides the reader to him on a "sea of inexorable time" to the other "end of countless ages . . . to the beginning of time." The journey itself is a voyage to Africa and up the Congo River in search of ivory. There Marlow encounters Kurtz, once the prodigy, now thoroughly corrupted by the horror of an encounter with the "appalling face of a glimpsed truth." Heart of Darkness truly ranks among the greatest of English language novels.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By oceans on June 25, 2006
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This book will take you on a journey and as you go deeper into the jungle you fall deeper into the dept of mans corruptibility. This book is brutal and honest. Marlow is the type of good man that does nothing and his goal is the type of man that has fallen from everything. Marlow ends up seeing the very essence of the darkness of men. You realize that he too could be corrupted just as easily by this evil that has stolen his targets soul. I too felt that I could be corrupted by the same evil if I was in their place. That is the scariest thing of all. I felt disgustingly empowered by this book and by the end I had chills down my spine at the absurdity of that perceived power and the great cost it took on all the innocents around it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Doke on April 24, 2001
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Conrad's Heart of Darkness, while being a short book, is certainly energy consuming. Conrad's language emphasizes the tangled masses of the Congo's Jungles and the twisted nature of the characters. As the result of his stylistic devices, which create vivid images, the reader goes away feeling tangled. One looks back and mentally sees nothing but great green masses of tangled vines hanging from trees, and a massive wall of words.
One thing that is indisputable is this: Conrad is a brilliant author. Upon examining his other books one realizes that Conrad can actually change his writing style at will. Every single tangled mass of words in the Heart of Darkness is nothing but elaborate emphasis on the plot and the overall imagery.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William Krischke VINE VOICE on February 17, 2002
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The final vision of Heart of Darkness is one of intoxicating, perhaps inevitable, destruction. Destruction that comes from too much truth. As Marlow returns to "civilization", he finds it shallow, fake, all its goodness based on a lie. Yet the truth is deadly-- the lie is necessary to survive-- and so the choice is difficult. Live the shallow lie and be happy, or face the intoxicating truth and risk destruction?
This is the way I felt as I read this book. It is dark and intoxicating -- certainly not happy or "fun" to read. The narrative sweeps you along toward the Heart of Darkness as steadily, quietly, and unswervingly and the river carries Marlow there. You wonder if you should get out. You wonder if you even can. You are half-afraid about where it is taking you, but fascination far outweighs the fear. And when it's over, you're simply glad you've survived... and certain, completely certain, that it's changed you somehow, even if you don't exactly know how...
Read it. It's an amazing book. You may not like it, but you won't regret it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adam Gajlewicz on March 19, 2007
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If one is seeking answers to the question why things must always go wrong, one must read this book. I have read hundreds of pages of critical writing on Heart of Darkness, and as many interpretations. They were all extremely interesting; they were all a nice try... I would encourage the reader to endeavor to look into what there is beyond the story, not in what is being said, but what is not being said, and why. The answer is at the other end of your own mind. As for the Everyman's edition and Klinkenborg's introduction - just perfect!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. B. on August 14, 2010
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This is one of the greatest novels ever written. The problem is it is so layered that it is hard to just pick up and read. I strongly suggest purchasing CliffsNotes on Conrad's Heart of Darkness & The Secret Sharer to assist you in figuring out the depth of this great novel. Read them both together and I am sure you will come away with a better reading experience and appreciation for this masterpiece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John on April 24, 2002
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The Heart of Darkness is a psychological journey into man's love/lust for and attachment to a savage and surreal wildnerness. The book is filled with exquisite imagery, and each scene's tone is indelibly set by the surroundings. It is also a commentary on colonialism in Conrad's day. I am not as well veresed on this subject as I would have liked to have been before reading the book, but I found the story fully comprehensible and enjoyable even in this regard. The book is a definiate vocabulary builder.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Steven van Keuren on September 29, 2005
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Heart of Darkness exposes a dark underside to modern history that our history classes in school gloss over--the hideous, murderous tyrrany that King Leopold of the Belgians waged over his Belgian Congo, a tyrrany that ranks with Hitler and other mass murderers. Joseph Conrad's novel puts names and faces and events on that episode. The Everyman's Library version is an inexpensive and beautiful edition of the novel, complete with a ribbon to keep your place.
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