Heart of Darkness, Hardback Book
2 out of 5 (1 rating)


In a novella which remains highly controversial to this day, Conrad explores the relations between Africa and Europe.

On the surface, this is a horrifying tale of colonial exploitation.

The narrator, Marlowe, journeys on business deep into the heart of Africa.

But there he encounters Kurtz, an idealist apparently crazed and depraved by his power over the natives, and the meeting prompts Marlowe to reflect on the darkness at the heart of all men.

This short but complex and often ambiguous story, which has been the basis of several films and plays, continues to provoke interpretation and discussion.


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This book definitely put forth some very interesting notions, and Conrad clearly can deftly weave his words and create well-crafted sentences. But I found some parts... a lot of parts, something of a chore to read, and despite my careful reading, I still ended up with only a rough sketch of what I supposed it was about. Perhaps that's what's the charm, perhaps I have a limited understanding, I don't know. Perhaps I should pick this back up in a few years and see if it clicks for me then, but for the moment, I can't hold a very high opinion of this novella and can only thank Conrad for making it 100 pages.