Books: Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad

“Never see him! I saw him clearly then. I shall see this eloquent phantom as long as I live, and I shall see her too, a tragic and familiar shade, resembling in this gesture another one, tragic also, and bedecked with powerless charms, stretching bare brown arms over the glitter of the infernal stream, the stream of darkness.” 

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11 thoughts on “Books: Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad

  1. I read “Heart of Darkness” years ago in college and have never forgotten the experience. I’m presently reading “Memoirs of Hadrian” by Margurite Y. I’m a reader.

  2. Thank you for liking my post “The White Garden at Sissinghurst & the Flambuoyant Spirit of Vita Sackville-West”. Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” made a strong impact on me when I read it at university, as did his novel “The Secret Agent”. Conrad is a very powerful writer.

  3. What helps make Heart Of Darkness such a powerful piece of literature, I think, is that the story is based on Conrad’s experiences as a river-boat pilot in the Congo. I agree that the film Apocalypse Now gains some depth when you’ve read Conrad’s novel.

  4. I read this amazing book in highschool and have never forgotten it. There’s nothing quite like walking in someone else’s shoes to understand their life and perspective, especially those of another race. Many thanks for the reminder. Shelley

      • My problem is the stack of books I have to read! So much, so little time 🙂 I’ll add it to the stack. Who knows, maybe this summer!

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