Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness A masterpiece of twentieth century writing Heart of Darkness exposes the tenuous fabric that holds civilization together and the brutal horror at the center of European colonialism Conrad s crow

A masterpiece of twentieth century writing, Heart of Darkness 1902 exposes the tenuous fabric that holds civilization together and the brutal horror at the center of European colonialism Conrad s crowning achievement recounts Marlow s physical and psychological journey deep into the heart of the Belgian Congo in search of the mysterious trader Kurtz Joyce Carol OatesA masterpiece of twentieth century writing, Heart of Darkness 1902 exposes the tenuous fabric that holds civilization together and the brutal horror at the center of European colonialism Conrad s crowning achievement recounts Marlow s physical and psychological journey deep into the heart of the Belgian Congo in search of the mysterious trader Kurtz Joyce Carol Oates on Joseph Conrad s Heart of Darkness Heart of Darkness has had an influence that goes beyond the specifically literary This parable of a man s heart of darkness dramatized in the alleged Dark Continent of Africa transcended its late Victorian era to acquire the stature of one of the great, if troubling, visionary works of western civilization.

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  1. Joseph Conrad born J zef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski was a Polish born English novelist who today is most famous for Heart of Darkness, his fictionalized account of Colonial Africa.Conrad left his native Poland in his middle teens to avoid conscription into the Russian Army He joined the French Merchant Marine and briefly employed himself as a wartime gunrunner He then began to work aboard British ships, learning English from his shipmates He was made a Master Mariner, and served than sixteen years before an event inspired him to try his hand at writing.He was hired to take a steamship into Africa, and according to Conrad, the experience of seeing firsthand the horrors of colonial rule left him a changed man Joseph Conrad settled in England in 1894, the year before he published his first novel He was deeply interested in a small number of writers both in French and English whose work he studied carefully This was useful when, because a need to come to terms with his experience, lead him to write Heart of Darkness, in 1899, which was followed by other fictionalized explorations of his life.He has been lauded as one of the most powerful, insightful, and disturbing novelists in the English canon despite coming to English later in life, which allowed him to combine it with the sensibilities of French, Russian, and Polish literature.

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  1. Proving yet again that doing a concept first will get you immortalized, while doing it WELL will make you an unknown and forgotten writer at best, I also learned that in Conrad s time, people could drone on and on with metaphors and it wasn t considered cliched, but art I blame this book and others like it for some of the most painful literature created by students and professional writers alike.It was like raking my fingernails across a chalkboard while breathing in a pail of flaming cat hair a [...]

  2. First of all, get this straight Heart of Darkness is one of those classics that you have to have read if you want to consider yourself a well educated adult That s the bad news the good news is that this is a very easy book to read tremendously shorter than Moby Dick, for instance And the prose is easy to swallow, so you don t really have an excuse Having watched Apocalypse Now doesn t count if anything, it ups the ante, since that means you have to think about the similarities and differences f [...]

  3. Never in all my life has 100 little pages made me contemplate suicideolent suicide i had to finish it i had no choice yay college every page was literally painful i supposed to feel sorry for him because i don t i feel sorry for all of Africa getting invaded with dumbasses like this guy oh and in case you didn t get ite heart of darkness is like this super deep megametaphor of all metaphors and in case it wasn t clear enough, conrad will spend many many useless words clearly explaining the layer [...]

  4. Is Joseph Conrad a racist Well, that is a question, a question that is extremely difficult to answer There are certainly racist aspects within Heart of Darkness.However, how far this is Conrad s own personal opinion is near impossible to tell Certainly, Marlowe, the protagonist and narrator, has some rather patronising notions as to how the Africans should be treated, and the image of the colonised is one of repression and servitude, but does this reflect Conrad s own opinions How far can we sug [...]

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  6. We live in the flicker may it last as long as the old earth keeps rolling But darkness was here yesterday Marlow is not just a narrator or an alter ego of Conrad, but a universal everyman, timeless And that, to me, is the greatest appeal of this book, it is timeless Like a running blaze on a plain, like a flash of lightning in the clouds We live in the flicker The scene of Marlow sitting Buddha like as the Thames dreams into slow darkness and his voice takes on a disembodied, spiritual cast is i [...]

  7. It was a breathtaking read There are few books which make such a powerful impression as Heart of darkness does Written than a century ago, the book and its undying theme hold just as much significance even today Intense and compelling, it looks into the darkest recesses of human nature Conrad takes the reader through a horrific tale in a very gripping voice.I couldn t say enough about Conrad s mastery of prose Not a single word is out of place Among several things, I liked Marlow expressing his [...]

  8. Revisiting The Heart of DarknessAfter passing past that Castle of Ego,Laying siege on the very borders of Mind,We entered the vast and bristling forests,Of that strange, strange land, that Id,Which doth divide the knowing, waking,From the land of dreaming, unknowing.But this way is much too hard to follow And is harder even to describe to you We are likely here to perish,Here in these vast, dense hinterlands For these woods that we see arrayed,Has never previously been crossed,By mortal men or [...]

  9. Picture Review of Heart of DarknessVisual Key White Man named Michael Cera represents Imperialism Sunset shows the impending darkness that is latently inside manSea represents the Congo River Moustache represents author Joseph Conrad who also has his own impressive facial hairRed Bonnet is a horrible choice of headwear thus might prompt one to remark the horror the horror which is also Kurtz last words

  10. Mistah Kurtz He dead T.S Eliot, The Hollow MenHe came, he saw, he conquered and then he succumbed and died Mistah Kurtz An enigma, who ultimately came to signify the gloomy reality of sin, which closely lurks in the minds of mortal beings and keeps ready to pounce upon the heart and to sink it into darkness at the mere hint of viciousness Which impatiently awaits the weak moments of vanity, false notions and fickleness to take over control and let humanity die a grief death of hopelessness A sad [...]

  11. Like contemporaries Haggard and Melville, Joseph Conrad lived the adventures he wrote He left his native Ukraine to escape the political persecution of his family and became a merchant marine in France, sailing to the West Indies and gun running for a failed Spanish coup Soon after, he learned English and became a british citizen, eventually attaining the position of Master Mariner Had his story ended there, he might have become merely a footnote in history a successful seaman and minor writer o [...]

  12. When I was a child, my father caught me frowning at a very small gift wrapped package I d received The dashed hopes for a larger package were broadcast across my face Dynamite comes in small packages My father counseled me The literal and figurative truth of this statement has revealed itself throughout my life.This story is specifically relevant to Joseph Conrad s Heart of Darkness It is a small book Surprisingly small And it is pure dynamite Super powerful dynamite Conrad later wrote he wanted [...]

  13. A story about Marlow s journey upriver to rescue Kurtz who has gone wild and controls the natives I didn t enjoy it the writing was so dry and dense and I had to work to get through all the way to the end I didn t like the way the natives were portrayed or Africa in general either I don t understand why Africa and it s inhabitants always need to be symbols for wildness or destruction and I just couldn t get into the story at all I honestly hate reading classics.

  14. L ORROREConrad arriv nel Congo nel 1890 come tanti altri europei alla ricerca di un lavoro, di un occasione di crescita economica e professionale, attratto dalle panzane che il re del Belgio, Leopoldo II, era riuscito a spacciare per verit , e cio che in quella immensa parte dell Africa i bianchi stessero cercando di contrastare e arrestare il commercio degli schiavi condotto dagli arabi Arabi mercanti di schiavi neri, principalmente nell Africa dell Est, ma non solo.Conrad voleva diventare capi [...]

  15. It doesn t get much grimmer than this In the late 1800s, Charles Marlow is appointed as a captain of a river steamboat for an ivory trading company in Africa He travels up the Congo river toward his appointment with the steamboat and with fate, in the form of Kurtz, the megalomaniac manager of an ivory trading station two hundred miles up the river.But the wilderness had found him out early, and had taken on him a terrible vengeance for the fantastic invasion I think it had whispered to him thin [...]

  16. Anything approaching the change that came over his features I have never seen before, and hope never to see again It was as though a veil had been rent I saw on that furry visage the expression of somber pride, of ruthless power, of craven terror of an intense and hopeless despair He cried in a whisper at some image, at some vision he cried out twice, a cry that was no than a breath The honey The honey I blew the candle out and left the cabin Tigger and Eeyore were dining in the messroom, and I [...]

  17. This is a book I read twice and will probably never read again I try to see this as a great novel but I have always wished Conrad had achieved a greater separation between his own voice and Marlow s For me his inability to do so made it difficult to stomach the inherent racism in the book The passage that will always stick out in my mind is the one in which the narrator muses that an educated black man is as unnatural as a dog putting on clothes and walking on its hindlegs.That said, I don t thi [...]

  18. The dark masses had begun to congregate Branches thumping against the glass and iron bars, in rhythm to some obscure, some lost song of the wild The tendrils of darkness that took birth in the vacuums that the sun s warmth had just forsaken, had started their ascent first shy, then bold, then complete And when their majesty was absolute pieces of the night sky, shining almost silver in the blackness met the pools of shades offered by the oozing earth with a coy surrender I opened a window Just e [...]

  19. Ni tiene confines el infierno ni se circunscribe a un solo lugar sino que all donde estemos estar el infierno Y donde est el infierno, all siempre estaremos Christopher Marlowe, Doctor FaustusHac a m s de tres a os que hab a le do este libro y en su primera lectura no me gust Simplemente me pareci sin direcci n alguna, algo abstracto y divagante Bueno, efectivamente me equivoqu Puede que tal vez en aquel tiempo yo no hab a le do tantos cl sicos como ahora ni ten a tampoco tan agudizada la capaci [...]

  20. I know as an English major I am supposed to find this work brilliant and important, but I just don t I hate it I hated it the first time I read it, the second time I read it, AND the third time I read it.

  21. Ship of FoolsThe narrator of the framing story tells us early on who is present on board a yacht sitting immobile in the Thames a river of commerce and pleasure the Company Director, the Lawyer, the Accountant, Charlie Marlow, and the unnamed narrator himself.The narrator seems to represent us, the audience Marlow does the talking The group could almost be the executive that runs a trading company, although what unites them is the bond of the sea Besides holding our hearts together through long [...]

  22. I had thought this was a re read but, about halfway through, it all started seeming new to me, so perhaps I never finished it the first time round It wouldn t surprise me although the book is short, and its plot slight, it somehow contrives to feel extremely dense Like a pocket Moby Dick, it begins with a atmospheric Gothic opening and then sort of coagulates into a treacly mass of archaism, narrative grandstanding and morbid watery ruminations.Conrad is strangely coy about identifying the Congo [...]

  23. I still don t know what I read here.I finished this book with one sort of word spinning around in my head eh I read the whole book Every page, every sentence, every word And I couldn t tell you what it was about I think I must have read challenging books than this Ulysses, Swann s Way, etc but none has left me so thoroughly clueless.

  24. 780 Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad 1355 211 9 64 65 211 20 1365 184 1381 184 9647545168 1386 184 9789648940534 1373 190 9644481682 1389 1393 9789644481680 1394 123 9786001219733 1902 1355

  25. The Heart of Darkness is a slim novel that belies the immense profundity it reveals about human nature I re read it after many years and understood again why it left me sober, tearful and broken when the last page was turned Marlow, the seaman narrator, told the story of his journey into the heart of the African interior and his encounter with the natives and most notably, Kurtz, the ivory agent, a much revered white man To me, the journey into the heart of darkness is the unraveling of what is [...]

  26. Many people seem to think that this story is just about racism, but that is missing the main point It is true that much of Conrad s fiction seems racist in tone, but one must take that from whence it comes he was writing at a time when European Colonialism, and sadly racism too was in full swing It is of course inevitable that writers will reflect some of the s of their era, and also that some writers will examine the prevailing s and comment on them.However, the inner message of the story trans [...]

  27. AcknowledgementsChronologyIntroduction to Heart of Darkness Introduction to The Congo Diary Further ReadingA Note on the TextsMap of the River Congo Heart of Darkness The Congo DiaryAppendix Author s Note 1917 NotesGlossary of Nautical Terms

  28. Book Circle Reads 19Rating 3 of five The Publisher Says More than a century after its publication 1899 , Heart of Darkness remains an indisputably classic text and arguably Conrad s finest work.This extensively revised Norton Critical Edition includes new materials that convey nineteenth century attitudes toward imperialism as well as the concerns of Conrad s contemporaries about King Leopold s exploitation of his African domain New to the Fourth Edition are excerpts from Adam Hochschild s recen [...]

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