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Heart of Darkness, Youth and The End of the Tether Hardcover – Sep 1 2006
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Performed by award winning narrator Ralph Cosham. Produced by Commuters Library, awarded AUDIO BEST OF THE YEAR for four straight years (Publishers Weekly, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Joseph Conrad was born to Polish parents in the Ukraine on 3rd December 1857. He grew up surrounded by upheaval. His father was exiled to northern Russia for political activities and although they eventually returned to Poland, Conrad was orphaned by the age of 11. Subsequently he was taught by his uncle, a great influence and mentor. Leaving for Marseilles in 1874, Conrad began his training as a seaman. After an attempt at suicide, Conrad joined the British merchant navy and became a British subject in 1886. After his first novel, Almayer's Folly was published in 1895 he left the sea behind and settled down to a life of writing. Indeed, as his wife wrote in 1927, he would move only "from his table to his bed, for days and days on end". Troubled financially for many years, he faced uncomplimentary critics and an indifferent public. He finally became a popular success with Chance (1913). By the end of his life on 3rd August 1924 his status as one of the great writers of his time was assured.
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Top Customer Reviews
The reasons for this dichotomy have never been presented with more power than they are in Heart of Darkness. It is the story of how the Imperial impulse--bringing civilization to the savages--corrupts the bringers.
Marlow, a steam boat pilot, sets off upriver in Africa to find Kurtz, an ivory trader who has gone native. Along the way, he finds a pamphlet that Kurtz wrote about the civilizing mission of the White man, which ends with the postscript "Exterminate all the brutes!" When, Marlow finds the mortally ill Kurtz, in a camp surrounded by pikes with human heads mounted on them, he has stopped trading for ivory & has instead taken to raiding villages & taking it by brute force. He has abandoned civilized norms and has adopted the methods of the natives.
Kurtz final words to Marlow are "The horror. The horror." When Marlow returns to Europe he meets Kurtz fiance & when she begs to know if Kurtz spoke of her, Marlow tells her that he died with her name on his lips. It is not just the savagery of the natives that is corrupting, it is the very notion of a civilizing mission. Conrad is wrong, of course, but it's a great book.
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This book is pocket sized, so anyone expecting a large format hard cover will be disappointed.Published 16 days ago by Gerry P.
One of the most beautifully written pieces of literature I have ever encountered. Every word is poetic and perfectly linked together by the exact amount of detail and emotion. Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2013 by fussypants
A great view of evil and darkness. I fell in love with this book in high school. If you enjoy this book, I would reccommend Apocalypse Now, which is based upon this book.Published on Feb. 8 1999