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Heart of Darkness and the Secret Sharer (Centennial Edition) (Signet Classics)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2009
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I work in tech and haven't had time to read as much fiction as I would like. I feel that 'Heart of Darkness' is a masterpiece of the English language. I found myself re-reading many individual sentences multiple times just to appreciate the pure beauty of Conrad's construction and choice of words. (I've also earned a living as a non-fiction writer of training and ad copy.) There are writers that are a level above the others, Conrad is one of them. I said writer instead of author because this is indeed a wonderful example of the writer's craft, not simple authorship. Now, off to 'Secret Agent' and 'Lord Jim'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2014
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"The Secret Sharer," which is one of the two short novels in this bi-novel package, taps into that classic theme of a person hiding in a room who does not want to be found. It was first published by Joseph Conrad in 1910. The writing is topnotch, though the means of building suspense by having someone in a room who does not want to be found out handled (much better) by Honore de Balzac in his short story "The Mysterious Mansion" published in 1830 that can be found in The Best Horror Short Stories 1800-1849: A Classic Horror Anthology. Because of this I suggest reading Balzac's classic instead of Conrad's seafaring regurgitation.

On to Conrad's crowning achievement: The Heart of Darkness. The hunt into the heart of a depraved jungle for Mr. Kurtz is one that had few equals up to its publication in 1902. It drew on Conrad's own experience in the Congo and what he saw there. His style of writing is uncomfortable and heated, mimicking the way a person feels on a sultry day. That much is genius and so is one of the first quests in literature for a crazzzzzy person. Francis Ford Coppola got it right in Apocalypse Now and Apocalypse Now Redux: Apocalypse Now Redux [HD]

I need to study this novel, but unfortunately have little time for it at the moment. Sigh. Perhaps when my writing schedule slows down, but there is no end in sight like the darkling jungles as Charles Marlow and his band of sailors troll up the Congo in search the their greatest fears.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2008
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Joseph Conrad is an amazing writer; he uses the English language of the late 19th and early 20th centuries beautifully, he describes the colonial world at its apogee, he tells engrossing stories but even his seemingly potboiler plots (such as The Secret Sharer) raise disturbingly serious moral issues. All of these qualities are epitomized in The Heart of Darkness. Can anyone read the Heart of Darkness without thinking of Apocalypse Now? I believe the movie is one of the best adaptations of literature to film but the impact of Conrad's story is as vivid as the movie.
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on April 10, 2015
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“Heart of Darkness” is a (1899) novella by Anglo-Polish novelist Joseph Conrad. As a literary work it is an important one, not only for its highly poetic prose, but also for its contemplative and existential theme. The title is apt as it hints at the very singular mood of this book. Conrad explores ideas of man’s inhumanity towards man and our (mans) capacity for evil. The story is set against the backdrop of Africa during the height of British Imperialism and the ivory trade. The story’s theme is further accented through the symbolic darkness of the jungle, and other metaphorically loaded motifs. Marlow (former captain of a river-steamboat), recounts his nightmarish experiences on the river Congo as he seeks-out the mad genius, Kurtz. I consider the book to be a considerable contribution to the Western literary canon. I was surprised learn that some would consider the text to be racist (it is a book “of-its-time”)… but then again one’s own reading experience will vary from person to person and is highly subjective. It seems to me that Conrad intended the book to be confronting. It is rife with implied meanings but stop-short of offering any definitive social comment. Famous quote – “The horror, the horror” –has entered the cultural zeitgeist. “Heart of Darkness” is a remarkable achievement considering English was not the authors first, or even a second language. It is one Conrad’s best known works along with “Lord Jim,” and “Chance,” and film buffs will know it is as the inspiration for “Apocalypse Now.”
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on August 17, 2014
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Fast shipping nice product Purchased for a high school senior
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on April 16, 2015
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gud read
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2009
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I had trouble understanding the purpose and fanfare of Conrad's dual works until I realized he was making a political and social statement. With this in mind, Conrad writes a masterful work on the corruption of the human soul by the greed of colonization. This work is beneficial to English teachers as well as history teachers as it presents the darkness of greed in a relevant setting.

The Secret Sharer on the other hand is less influential. I found it intriguing and well written, but not the triumph Heart of Darkness is. While this is based on a true story, it is less interesting than giants of today. The historical context makes this book valuable. When Conrad first wrote and published this work, it was on the cutting edge of literature, but today is would be considered boring.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2013
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It's a book. Two literary works from the same author. Recommendations of other books in the back. What else do you need to know.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2014
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Required reading for my son, I read it too and we both hated it!! Made absolutely no sense. Had to read notes in the back to learn the meaning. My poor son had to try to write a paper. Too deep for me, I guess
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2010
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OK. To start off I'm Polish. And I know this guy was Polish, so it would have been politically correct of me to say how much I loved this book, but unfortunately I can't say that. It just wasn't for me.
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