Book Review – Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

I am very pleased I reached the end of this book. It was a struggle at times against the flow of the descriptions, word repetitions, and almost constant contemplation of Marlow’s existence. He comes up against the corruption and despair that the author thought was at the heart of human existence, a struggle to make headway against the current of a human life fraught with dangers and disappointment.

Kurtz is talked about far more than he appears as a character and the conclusions people draw about him are difficult to believe, given his actual character is in the book so little. His influence is everywhere, but it’s difficult for me to understand how someone could become so pervasive when he spends so little of the time on the page.

Anyway, no more Joseph Conrad for me although he is more readable than Virginia Woolf.

Published by Julian Worker

Julian was born in Leicester, attended school in Yorkshire, and university in Liverpool. He has been to 94 countries and territories and intends to make the 100 when travel is easier. He writes travel books, murder / mysteries and absurd fiction. His sense of humour is distilled from The Marx Brothers, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. His latest book is about a Buddhist cat who tries to help his squirrel friend fly further from a children's slide.

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