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"The horror! The horror!”
I read somewhere the journey into an unnamed African river in this book represents the exploration of the darkness of human nature. This work seems both real and surreal
, probably because it reflects Conrad’s life experiences in the Congo.
Although the setting of the story has changed, this novel and its theme are still relevant.
I’d like to hear what the other reviewers feel this book should/could be classified as.
 

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The book Heart of Darkness combines literary elegance and simplicity at a level not seen since the days of shakespeare; The book is about a man's trip to the African Congo in a steamer during the heyday of Imperialism, whilst the book has racist elements it only reflects Conrad's thoughts at the time; and in a way, the book itself is a reflection of the author's experience in the Congo himself. Overall Heart of Darkness is a good read even though it is a bit short and does have quite a simple preface 

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In this eerie narrative, written by Joseph Conrad, it portrays the adventures of Charlie Marlow through the Congo River from Charlie's point of view. In this story, Charlie learns about human behavior and what we could consider the basics of psychology, and his adventures of attempting to understand the human soul. To begin, Marlow prepares to board a ship planned to leave for a Dark Continent, leaving society in route to the unknown; only to arrive and find the boat he was planned to be captain of now sunk before he can begin his voyage. He must use his talent and wits to salvage and repair the ship while using the time it takes to study the actions of the people around him.
After completing the repairs, Marlow and crew begin their voyage. Along the way they find Kurtz, a successful tradesman with a notorious reputation for violence. In this story, Kurtz gives the meaning to the "Heart of Darkness" which is about human methods in gaining and keeping power. Kurtz
In my opinion, this book was very well written. Unfortunately, at some points in the book, Conrad goes into too much detail which caused me to lose interest in some parts. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a challenge while reading and enjoys symbolism in stories.
Main characters :
~ Marlow - The protagonist in the story, he would be considered a modern day philosopher, he is very open minded and independent.
~Kurtz - The main point of Marlow's mission. He is a very independent and open-minded individual. From the story you can tell he is a very strong leader and very intelligent.
 

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One of the most haunting and gripping stories you will ever read...
This is the tale of Marlow, an Englishman, and his trip up the Congo to find the mysterious genius Kurtz, stationmaster of the most
distant outpost on the great river, now fallen mysteriously out of contact. It is a journey that will take him not just further and further out of civilization, but further and further into the beating heart of man unrestrained and uncaged. Conrad's writing is slow but assured, little happens physically, yet a whole universe of shadow is traversed. One can only wonder at the knowledge that English was Conrad's third language, learned as a sailor as he too sailed into the dark places of the Earth. No book its quite like it, and it stands today as one of the greatest achievements of nineteenth century literature, if not of all time.
I urge you to read it... Kurtz is waiting...
 

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