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Product Details

  • Series: Collector's Library
  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Collector's Library; New edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904919863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904919865
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 3.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #717,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Performed by award winning narrator Ralph Cosham. Produced by Commuters Library, awarded AUDIO BEST OF THE YEAR for four straight years (Publishers Weekly, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Joseph Conrad was born to Polish parents in 1857. Conrad was orphaned by the age of eleven and was subsequently taught by his uncle, a great influence and mentor. Leaving for Marseilles in 1874, Conrad began his training as a seaman. Conrad joined the British merchant navy and became a British subject in 1886. After his first novel, Almayer's Folly was published in 1895 he left the sea behind and settled down to a life of writing. Troubled financially for many years, he faced uncomplimentary critics and an indifferent public. He finally became a popular success with Chance (1913). By the end of his life on August 3, 1924, his status as one of the great writers of his time was assured.

 

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geert Daelemans on September 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
This collection brings together three remarkable novellas by Joseph Conrad: Youth, Heart of Darkness and The End of the Tether. In Youth Charlie Marlow recounts the troublesome voyage of the old ship Judea and its wretched 600-ton cargo of coal. The same Marlow also serves as the narrator in Heart of Darkness, undoubtedly the most famous of the three stories. It details how Marlow takes on a foreign assignment as a ferry boat captain on the Congo River in order to restore communications with Kurtz, an eccentric ivory procurement agent isolated in the secluded midlands. Finally in The End of the Tether Captain Whalley, a former dare-devil skipper, sacrifices his retirement and embarks on a precarious voyage on the steamer Sofala in order to support his distant, beloved daughter.

Like many of Conrad's early novels these three stories are set aboard ships. These stories tell of men who go beyond the normal routine of life to challenge themselves, whether from curiosity or necessity, in order to obtain what they seemingly cannot reach. Conrad depicts these desperate men with a vigor that on its own is already enough reason to dive in these stories. But there is much more. The real power of these masterpieces will only surface after a second read. The first reading is like a voyage into the unknown, not unlike the main characters would have experienced it. Only on a second or third reading do you become more aware of the subliminal power of the words and can you appreciate the full power of the colorful narrative. This way the at first read overly long descriptive passages get more and more significance and surely reveal their significance to the story.
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By A Customer on September 29, 1998
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One of the great short novels in existence. On the surface, Conrad's Marlow is a spellbinding storyteller. Underneath, a psychoanalytical tale of man's baser animistic instincts comes forth, of descent into a primal state outside the moderating bounds of civilized accoutrements. Like Marlow, the reader will be left with the curse of a penetrating view of the world, no longer able to ignore the "horror", unable to accept - or even tolerate - the pretense of the normal routine of "civilized" society. The reader will be doomed to look beneath the surface and see the beast that lurks within each soul, capable of savagery little imagined but now unforgettable. Conrad's literary talents were absolutely first rate - all the more remarkable for a man who was Ukranian born of Polish parents but wrote in English. Concise, penetrating, intelligent, unflinching prose which propels the reader forward on an ultimately illuminating journey of discovery of one's self. Heart of Darkness is a rare combination of great story telling and literary achievement, all in a very concise package.
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By A Customer on October 3, 1999
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Unlike some of the other readers here, I thought that HEART OF DARKNESS was pretty good. Not that I understood it the first time I read it either, but you can't write it off as "boring" or "pointless" simply because you have to read it more than once. The more I study the novel and the more I read into its depth, the more I understand it. I really wish some people would do the book some more justice and not crave simple one-liners, who think that they know literature because they read Oscar Wilde and J.D. Salinger. They have a word for those people too - "posers."
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I was disappointed to find "Heart of Darkness" muddled and disjointed. I guess I was prejudiced by "Apocalypse Now" which I thought was a great, if flawed, movie. I did, however, enjoy both "Youth" and "The End of the Tether", especially the prose. I was always a sucker for sea stories. Maybe I'll try "Heart of Darkness" again over the winter.
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Apart from its content, this is a well finished book, hardcover with dust jack, page marker ribbon, gilt edges and so on. But, gee!, it's too way a small book to be read comfortably. It's smaller than most pocket books I own. If it was jus one inch larger in width and height I would rate it 5 stars.
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By Neal Diamond on January 3, 2014
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Start a new paragraph every now and then Conrad. The paragraphs often go on for pages for some reason. There were a few paragraph that were about 3 pages long each.
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I bought this because my granddaughter needed it for her high school class. I read it before I gave it to her and found it slightly hard to read. A lot of books or story in the era this was written are in the 1st person narrative which is not the norm today. There was one story in the book that I would have rated higher but the others bring it down.
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By Anna on January 30, 2013
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It came in great condition, just as advertised. I have been using it for class and I am very happy with it.
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