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Heart of Darkness (Norton Critical Editions) 4th Edition
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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.
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a very good and accurate description of deep Africa that gives reality to much imagined by those of us curious of this mysterious place.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Interesting read. I have had several people quote from this book so I decided to read it. Most people misquote things and it is best to read the actual book. Read morePublished 9 days ago by R. S. Rehmel
Hated it and quit reading. I was trying out a few classics, maybe not for mePublished 14 days ago by Kindle Customer
This is of course a classic. I read it again as part of reading the Congo. Congo is a history & this is a novel. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Kindle Customer