Heart of Darkness ; And, The Secret Sharer

Heart of Darkness ; And, The Secret Sharer

Book - 1981
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In this pair of literary voyages into the inner self, Joseph Conrad has written two of the most chilling, disturbing, and noteworthy pieces of fiction of this century. Heart of Darkness , which first appeared in Blackwood's Magazine in 1902, makes a devastating comment on the corruptibility of humankind. Based on Conrad's own 1890 trip up the Congo river, the story is told by Marlow, the novelist's alter ego. It is a journey into darkness and horror - both literally, as the narrator descends into a sinister jungle landscape, and metaphorically, as he witnesses the depths of the moral depravity symbolised by the agent Kurtz.

Another voyage into the self occurs in The Secret Sharer , the tale of a young sea captain's first command as he sails into the Gulf of Siam - and into an encounter with his 'double', the Jungian shadow self of the unconscious mind.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c1981
Edition: Bantam classic ed
ISBN: 9780451526571
0451526570
9780553210262
0553210262
9780451531032
Call Number: F CONRAD J
Characteristics: xiv, 204 p. ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: Conrad, Joseph 1857-1924 Secret sharer
Alternative Title: Secret sharer

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patch666
Mar 22, 2017

One of the greatest books ever written. THE HORROR THE HORROR ~

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Cecilturtle
Nov 29, 2010

I was taken off-guard by this novel: how can such a short book be so dense? The intensity of the descriptions, the detail of the story, but at the same time of choppiness of the narrative - all these elements made it very hard for me to concentrate on the storyline, the themes and even the characters. While the criticism of imperialism and colonialism is clear, the novel left me perplexed more than it answered my questions, both as to Kurtz's destiny and to Marlow's silence about the events. A book I would have to reread with a clear intent of studying it rather than reading it for mere pleasure.

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The_Bill
May 28, 2010

"Heart of Darkness" is an amazing horror story. I remember in high school everyone who had to read it for class told me it was the stupidest thing ever; I wish I hadn't listened to them. I finally read it a few years ago and it's absolutely awesome. I have heard it said that the best writers of English prose are Conrad, Joyce and Faulkner. I've never had a taste for Joyce but I'd say Conrad is better than Faulkner.

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Nov 29, 2010

Cecilturtle thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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