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Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness (1902)

by Joseph Conrad

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Heart of Darkness is Joseph Conrad's disturbing novella recounted by the itinerant captain Marlow sent to find and bring home the shadowy and inscrutable Captain Kurtz. Marlow and his men follow a river deep into a jungle, the "Heart of Darkness" of Africa looking for Kurtz, an unhinged leader of an isolated trading station. This highly symbolic psychological drama was the founding myth for Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 movie Apocalypse Now.… (more)
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    King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild (baobab, chrisharpe)
  2. 100
    The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (baobab, WSB7)
    WSB7: Both about "colonialisms" abuses in the Congo, among other themes.
  3. 81
    The Quiet American by Graham Greene (browner56)
    browner56: Powerful, suspenseful fictional accounts of the intended and unintended consequences of colonial rule
  4. 92
    Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (SanctiSpiritus)
  5. 61
    Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline (gust)
  6. 51
    State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (DetailMuse)
    DetailMuse: Includes a quest for a Kurtz-like character.
  7. 30
    Max Havelaar: Or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company by Multatuli (Trifolia)
    Trifolia: Both books focus on the ugly sides of colonialism.
  8. 20
    The Dream of the Celt by Mario Vargas Llosa (gust)
  9. 20
    Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa by Jason Stearns (Anonymous user)
  10. 20
    The Roots of Heaven by Romain Gary (ursula)
  11. 20
    Exterminate All the Brutes by Sven Lindqvist (Polaris-)
  12. 20
    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (Sylak)
    Sylak: Delving the depths of human savagery and corruption.
  13. 20
    Downward to the Earth by Robert Silverberg (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: Silverberg was inspired by Conrad's story to write Downward to Earth and makes some interesting comments on the themes that Conrad explores.
  14. 20
    The Sea Wolf by Jack London (wvlibrarydude)
  15. 20
    The African Queen by C. S. Forester (Cecilturtle)
  16. 53
    Congo: The Epic History of a People by David Van Reybrouck (gust, Jozefus)
    Jozefus: Bekroond werk over de geschiedenis van Congo, dat door The Independent een "masterpiece" genoemd werd.
  17. 10
    Fly Away Peter by David Malouf (lucyknows)
    lucyknows: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad may be paired with Fly Away Peter by David Malouf as both authors show human nature to be hollow to the core.
  18. 10
    The Beach by Alex Garland (TomWaitsTables)
  19. 21
    The Drowned World by J. G. Ballard (amanda4242)
  20. 10
    Headhunter by Timothy Findley (chrisharpe)
    chrisharpe: "Headhunter" is a clever and well written fantasy on the theme of Kurtz.

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Some of the criticism on the novella is very interesting, and I include Achebe in this group. However, in consideration of all of this said criticism, it is important to avoid two things: 1) confusing Marlow's voice with Conrad's, and 2) crediting Conrad for his intermittently less pejorative language as if this is somehow a service to the African characters; on the contrary -- IF this is an anti-imperialistic piece, it doesn't go quite far enough. In fact, its implication that Africa is a degenerative and contagious wilderness is counterproductive to that end. Its depiction of Kurtz' supposed African mistress as a comparatively magnificent creature only iterates the self-satisfying sexual exploitation of African women, in which gender conveniently softens an "ugly" race. The narrative is superbly written, and for me, its redeeming thematic quality is its repeated and appropriate use of the term "fantastic invasion." ( )
  TheaJean | Jun 2, 2020 |

Calculo que es un clásico solamente por haber sido escrito hace más de 100 años. Falto de dirección y soso, lo salvan algunas impresiones del autor, que hacen a uno pensar que tal vez tenga otros títulos mejores. Además de esencial, a este libro lo han tildado en otras reseñas de "repulsivamente racista", pero tampoco hallo demasiado de ello en el texto (a menos, claro, que uno considere racista utilizar el adjetivo "salvaje" para describir a los habitantes originales de África). Es más, la idea subyacente principal es una fuerte crítica al sistema colonialista europeo (belga/francés/inglés).

Es una novela bastante corta, eso si, así que no se pierde demasiado en darle su correspondiente oportunidad. Pero de nuevo, en una lista de clásicos, este libro debería ocupar uno de los últimos lugares según orden de prioridad. ( )
  little_raven | Jun 1, 2020 |
While at it's core it seeks to explore the human condition I've experienced better plot developments in bowel movements ( )
  JustSkips | May 19, 2020 |
I read this for school, and I remember being fascinated by it. That's about all I remember, though. Maybe it's time for a re-read. ( )
  ca.bookwyrm | May 18, 2020 |
Read. ( )
  sasameyuki | May 12, 2020 |
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Conrad, Josephprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Branagh, KennethNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Butcher, TimIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kish, MattIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kivivuori, KristiinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
O'Prey, PaulIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pirè, LucianaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vancells i Flotats, MontserratTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Watts, CedricEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Westerdijk, S.Afterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Westerdijk, S.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson, A. N.Forewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zapatka, ManfredSprechersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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The Nellie, a cruising yawl, swung to her anchor without a flutter of the sails, and was at rest. The flood had made, the wind was nearly calm, and being bound down the river, the only thing for it was to come to and wait for the turn of the tide.
"The horror! The horror!"
"And this also," said Marlow suddenly, "has been one of the dark places of the earth."
"What you say is rather profound, and probably erroneous," he said, with a laugh.
I've seen the devil of violence, and the devil of greed, and the devil of hot desire...these were strong, lusty, red-eyed devils, that swayed men - men, I tell you. But as I stood on this hillside, I foresaw that in the blinding sunshine of that land I would become acquainted with a flabby, pretending, weak-eyed devil of a rapacious and pitiless folly.
And outside, the silent wilderness surrounding this cleared speck on the earth struck me as something great and invincible, like evil or truth, waiting patiently for the passing away of this fantastic invasion.
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This is story of Marlow and his quest to find Mr Kurtz within the dense jungles of Africa. His journey challenges his values and life and reveals new sides of himself that only darkness could expose.
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King Leopold's fans
appreciate this tribute;
Mister Kurtz, he dead.

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