To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Heart of Darkness (Norton Critical Editions) 4th Edition
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
The story is simple enough, a young Englishman; Marlow (this character appears in Conrad's story "Youth") goes out to Africa to seek his fortune. He is at first idealistic, and full of himself. However he quickly realises that Africa is full of petty bureaucrats who have no idea how to make use of this dark jewel they have acquired. Like Colonists before them, they proceed to ravage and plunder the land of its natural resources. Enter Kurtz, an Ivory Trader who has gone Native. He has become a Renegade, living with his Black mistress in the heart of Africa's interior; systematically turning his back on his supposed civilised self.
Marlow meets Kurtz after an eventful trip up the Congo and finds himself curiously attracted to this strange man who is [very ill], and obviously going insane. Kurtz in turn is an embarrassment to his employers who would rather see him dead than returned to "civilization." Of course this is unspoken, and the hypocrisy of human natures sticks out like a sore thumb in this novel, especially as Kurtz is one of the best Ivory Traders on the Congo route.Read more ›
The Norton Critical Edition gives you 325 extra pages of material written by Conrad and others that provide answers to the above questions. You don't have to read all of these many articles, of course, but a good sampling of them will make your immersion in this famous story all the more enjoyable and meaningful.
This is a story that everyone should read, and the Norton Critical Edition provides the best format for the reading experience.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first read this book for my freshman college English class and had to write a paper on it. At the time, it was the most challenging work of fiction that I had ever read. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Tom Feller
Surviving the Threat, a book by Antaeus, is well written, well researched, and a must read. From every walk of life, and at any age, someday we all might find ourselves at the... Read morePublished 4 days ago by james k tuggle
Was it coincidental that I read Heart of Darkness during the 2016 Presidential Elections? Or just after leaving the U.S. to live in another country? Read morePublished 15 days ago by Charlie D.
Took a while for me to get into the book but once I did I could not put it down!Published 16 days ago by Stacy Costa
I have read before polish tranlation(Conrad was born and educated in Poland,book was origial in english. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Jerzy Materka