Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

Dover Thrift Editions
by Joseph Conrad
Publisher: Dover Publications
Mass market paperback, 72 pages
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Edited with an introduction and notes by Robert Hampson.

In Conrad's haunting tale, Marlow, a seaman and wanderer, recounts his physical and psychological journey in search of the enigmatic Kurtz. Traveling to the heart of the African continent, he discovers how Kurtz has gained his position of power and influence over the local people. Marlow's struggle to fathom his experience involves him in a radical questioning of not only his own nature and values but the nature and values of his society.

A masterpiece of twentieth-century writing, Heart of Darkness explores the workings of consciousness as well as the grim realities of imperialism.

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FLAWS: Violence, racism, mild language
Summary: Crazed explorer Kurtz has become a god to the natives deep in the African interior, in exchange for his own humanity.

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