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Heart of Darkness Paperback – November 29, 2014
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Heart of Darkness is a deep, enigmatic book containing many hidden metaphors. I'm sure I didn't catch half the metaphor illustrations in the text.
The entire book is a dialogue of a story being told. Marlow, an old sailor, is retelling the time of when he steamed through the Congo searching for the mysterious Mr. Kurtz. It might even cause a chill to go down your spine in the sincerely bleak parts.
"I remembered the old doctor—'It would be interesting for science to watch the mental changes of individuals, on the spot.' I felt I was becoming scientifically interesting."
It is a revelation of mankind's fatal instincts. It's about the hidden depths of the mind and the secrets inside mankind's heart.
"The reaches opened before us and closed behind, as if the forest had stepped leisurely across the water to bar the way for our return. We penetrated deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness. It was very quiet there."
It is a novella of extraordinary depth and feeling and like it or hate it, I think it is one of those classics that should be read.
I read it at school and wasn't too impressed (are we ever impressed by what is essential reading) but appreciate in my later years the
incredible talent Conrad had for feeling and description.
The jungle....the river....the ivory hunters and colonists,and the poor indigenous people of that land ...all meshed out in the tightest prose (not a word is wasted) that will have you there..right in the heart of darkness of the African Congo.
The fact that it is still being read and published in many countries speaks for itself.