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Although Polish by birth, Joseph Conrad (1857–1924) is regarded as one of the greatest writers in English, and Heart of Darkness, first published in 1902, is considered by many his "most famous, finest, and most enigmatic story."—Encyclopaedia Britannica. The tale concerns the journey of the narrator (Marlow) up the Congo River on behalf of a Belgian trading company. Far upriver, he encounters the mysterious Kurtz, an ivory trader who exercises an almost godlike sway over the inhabitants of the region. Both repelled and fascinated by the man, Marlow is brought face to face with the corruption and despair that Conrad saw at the heart of human existence.
In its combination of narrative and symbolic power, masterly character study and acute psychological penetration, Heart of Darkness ranks as a landmark of modern fiction. It is a book no serious student of literature can afford to miss.
This was a tough, slow read for me even though it's an incredibly short read. I missed this in high school literature class, and I wish I had had a teacher to walk me through this... Read morePublished 26 days ago by jones
As dark and prophetic as I remembered. Good social commentary is always timely.Published 29 days ago by Onpension
I have always thought that my vocabulary was pretty developed, but I suppose that doesn't translate into a book written 150 years ago. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Scot overton
An absolutely amazing book and one that everyone should read at least once in their lives!Published 1 month ago by Jordan
My daughter needed to read this for Honors English her senior year of high school. She is an accelerated learner and advanced, avid reader. Read morePublished 1 month ago by VIP Amazon Customer
This book is just as bad as I remember it in high school. (My high school English teacher had told me that even though the book was only 72 pages, that I should start reading it... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lemas Mitchell