Monday, March 5, 2012
Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad
Barnes & Noble
Dark allegory describes the narrator’s journey up the Congo River and his meeting with, and fascination by, Mr. Kurtz, a mysterious personage who dominates the unruly inhabitants of the region. Masterly blend of adventure, character development, psychological penetration. Considered by many Conrad’s finest, most enigmatic story.
I wish I had read this book in high school so I would have been forced to take the time to really delve into the symbolism of Conrad's words. Since I didn't, and I have no desire to spend a month talking to myself about it, I will check out Wikipedia for more information.
After reading King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa, I was expecting this book to be full of atrocities. It's mostly full of wordy prose that describes everything in flowery language.
Sadly, a book that was probably quite shocking for its age has done absolutely nothing for me.