Heart of Darkness, Paperback Book

Heart of Darkness Paperback

Part of the Hesperus Classics series

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Conrad's Heart of Darkness is a profound exploration into the human subconscious twinned with a terrifying portrayal of the dangers of imperialism.

Seaman Marlow tells of his journey to the heart of the Belgian Congo in search of the elusive Mr Kurtz.

Away from civilisation as he knows it, he comes to reassess not only his own values, but also those of nature and of society.

For in this heart of darkness, it is the terrifying face of human savagery that becomes most visible.


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"Mr Kurtz, he dead!" This novel is full of enticing and harrowing sentences like that. I found the novel dark and brutal, and Conrad's prose style led me along as if through the dense foliage of the Congo. Only when I finished the book did I start to wonder about everything that it said; whilst reading I was taken in by the mesmeric quality of some of the description. Reading 'Heart of Darkness' was not an enjoyable experience, but it was a disturbing one, which is something far rarer.

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