Joseph Conrad – Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is considered a classic.  It has Marlow giving the readers a monologue about colonialism in Africa.  Literally a 100 page monologue.

This is my 2nd time reading it.  The first time was in my first year of university as part of my English 101 course.  I don’t remember much about it from then so I decided I would read it again.  Big mistake.  This version I read cam pre-loaded on my Kobo.  The formatting is horrible.  Here is a little excerpt from my Kobo screen,

at me, and then retired out of sight
somewhere.  One

of them, a stout, excitable chap with black
mustaches,

informed me with great …….

Yeah, there were about 400 screens of this I had to get through.  I could not even identify  any breaks in paragraph.  The book might as well have been one paragraph anyway since it was just one big monologue.

The book made absolutely no sense to me at all.  Apparently the movie Apocalypse Now justapoxes this book so I will have to look into watching it and maybe the book will make more sense to me.  But never again will I pick up this book in any way, shape, or form.

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3 Responses to Joseph Conrad – Heart of Darkness

  1. Michelle Smith says:

    Is this novel suitable for our grade 11/12’s? I read it years ago, but don’t remember much.

  2. Phillip Tang says:

    There are much better books in the 20-2 and 30-2 lists to choose from. The language and vocabulary are very appropriate though. And one nice thing is that it is short, perhaps too short.

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