Heart of Darkness, Paperback Book
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The first time I read this novel, in high school, I really hated it. Having re-read it since then, however, I've come to actually appreciate and enjoy it. It seemed so much longer back in 11th grade! The writing is still awfully dense and confusing in places, but I've come to realize that this is rightfully considered a masterpiece.

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I hate to say it, but I really didn't like this book. I know that it is a metaphor for something, but full realization of that metaphor eludes me, and I am really not that interested in discovering it. It was mostly the descriptions of everything, from people to the jungle to the banks of the Thames, that entrapped me--I probably have several pages worth of highlighted sentences, phrases, and paragraphs. Conrad has easily captured the idea of the phrase "hauntingly beautiful" when describing his characters and their surroundings and ideas.

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A little adventure on a tramp steamer through the Congo.

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Amazingly, I'm reading this for the first time in my 40's. But I can't imagine I would have understood it very well when I was younger. Mr. Conrad makes ample use of Africa as a symbol of darkness but the real darkness doesn't lie in the external world. It has always lain in the depths of the human soul. It doesn't take living in a savage land to find oneself unmoored from goodness and right. Anytime external restraints are lifted is the time when man must grapple with his own soul and what he can do and what he will do. Mr. Conrad's capturing of that truth and all the horror of that truth is masterful.

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As an quazi-fictional example of cultural exploitation, corporate greed, everything a civilization is not supposed to be, this novel is ripe for the reading...the descriptions, a narrative, are of finite detail. The setting is during the wontan colonization, of a central Afrikan state during the late 1800's and the need for continuous profits after western slavery was arrested...Mr. Marlow is sent in to the dark continent to bring out a rogue company man who specializes in acquiring ivory in every way possible. But alas, it was to late, like most of the unwelcomed guest, Kurtz was long dead, of mind body and spirit and subsequently died of jungle diseases real and imagined, not long after retrieval. In its narrative form, you have to pay close attention or get lost with the story....

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