Unquestionably powerful and unsettling as a historical document
(Day 1 - #CryMeARiver)
*I think Conrad‘s book was where I first gleaned the trope of river as life. To quote Conrad: “[T]he last pages of ‘Heart of Darkness‘ where the interview of the man and the girl locks in ... the whole 30000 words of narrative description into one suggestive view of a whole phase of life and makes of that story something quite on another plane than an anecdote of a man who went mad in the Centre of Africa.” ♥️
I decided to read this after reading Home Going by Yaa Gaasi as I wanted to learn from the perspective of the colonisers themself. But I didn't learn anything from this book. It was boring, the language was overly done and pointless and overall it was a drag read.
I saw #appocalypsenow for the first time yesterday, since it was shown as 'final' directors cut for its 40th anniversary in conemas again. What a feat of cineastic and auditive storytelling! Now i really need to go back to the original since i never got further than the first few chapters. #reread #adaptation
I have many humbling moments when it comes to literary stuff. This novella came to mind for today's prompt because of the film adaptation, and I needed Wikipedia to explain that the location was changed in the film...and that Conrad died about four decades before the Vietnam war 😳 (does this also mean the novel lacks a surfing aficionado U.S. army lieutenant who loves the smell of napalm in the morning? 😂).
I had to read this book twice during my college years. The first time I read it, I HATED it. I thought it was quite possibly the most boring book I‘d ever read. (Or if I‘m honest, ever attempted to read. I never finished it. 😆) The second time, obviously I dreaded it. And wouldn‘t you know, it was actually pretty good the second time around. #ownerofalonelyheart #anglophileapril
(Day 21 - #HungryHeart)
The title of Springsteen‘s album with the song “Hungry Heart” is “The River.” The lyrics of the song include a passage about a river flowing who knows where (anyway, the singer doesn‘t, or so he claims). All of this makes me think of the overused metaphor of the river as journey, or life. Naturally, Conrad‘s novel comes to mind, but also both Coppola‘s and Herzog‘s movies.
Trying out an audiobook for the first time. I find it difficult to concentrate on the story when listening, but I‘m determined to finish the book. Maybe it‘s just something I have to get used to?
Happy Valentine‘s Day, Littens! This is what greeted me as I came down the stairs 🤓. May your day be filled with cards and books!
Having a rotten day, so I went to my local #indie for some retail therapy. They messed up my preorder for the newest Orphan X (of course, because I canceled my Amazon order of it) but they had the #PenguinClassicsDeluxeEdition of Heart of Darkness that I‘ve been dying to get my hands on, plus a Nordic crime thriller that looks ah-may-zing. I‘m still sad, but now I have new books, so that‘s a plus, right? 🥰
I can't believe I wasn't forced to read this in school, it would have been incomprehensible to me, perfect learning material. Seriously though, this is some of the best writing I have ever seen, if you can handle the late Victorian era, industrial strength racism.
No walking outside today. It's raining Great Danes and Tigers. But, I managed to be outside twice, thanks to appointments. Also, I cleaned out and sorted stuff in my storage cellar/basement room. So, I'm going to count this as a win.
Found this ancient bookmark between my Penguin Classics. The bookmark is likely 23 years old, as are some of my 🐧📚.
For anyone who found it tough reading, or even boring, but willing to give another go, try the Scott Brick narration.
Meanwhile, anyone care to comment on Marlowe‘s ‘16 stone‘ traveling companion in this passage? He‘s not mentioned again and, when Marlowe reaches the Central, no one there inquires about him.
I'm so excited for all of my blind dates!! I didn't think to wrap my books and now wish I had. I will not open them until I decide to read them. I chose A Dangerous Journey first and got Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. I'll be posting soon. I can't wait to wear my socks tomorrow and use my journals! Thank you @OrangeMooseReads! It's perfect! Happy fall! It's definitely a thing. #FFFS #ilovefall
Thanks for setting up the swap @Avanders!
“and on we went again into the silence, along empty reaches, round the still bends, between the high walls of our winding way, reverberating in hollow claps the ponderous beat of the stern-wheel. Trees, trees, millions of trees, massive, immense, running up high; and at their foot, hugging the bank against the stream, crept the little begrimed steamboat, like a sluggish beetle crawling on the floor of a lofty portico.”
Hate or love Conrad, I will admit that Kenneth Branagh's narration was very well done. His hushed tones and easy manner of speaking created the additional atmosphere that he truly was talking to you and it worked for this book. it created a personal space that really let the words sink in a way that my own reading never provided.
Reread in part of PBS #greatreadpbs
Thanks @Mommamanzi for this great #giveaway! (I'm assuming you want to keep the husband around 😉)
My favorite of 2018 so far is Heart of Darkness. I know it's not new, but it was new to me, and it spurred me to learn more about that shameful period of African exploitation.
Finally got to read this classic. Very haunting and atmospheric, and sometimes reminded me of Lovecraft's style of slow build up to horror and disgust. The subject and period of history of the book is disturbing, but at the very least we must remember the past in order not to repeat it.
“Since I had peeped over the edge myself, I understand better the meaning of his stare, that could not see the flame of the candle, but was wide enough to embrace the whole universe, piercing enough to penetrate all the hearts that beat in the darkness.”
#ReadingResolutions | 16: #BookHeart
📷: Made with Typorama
My pick for favorite short novel is Conrad's Heart of Darkness. I know many don't like it, BUT: the atmosphere, descriptions, and building of horror are masterfully done. I read some of a NF book about the Congo recently, and didn't realize how much of this is accurate about the conditions at the time. It's one that stays with you.
Congrats @monalyisha on your 50000+ Litfluence (!) and thanks for offering this great giveaway! #LilNugGiveaway
I hated this book. I want to contact every US citizen that's responsible for this book being in the top 100 and ask them why (not in person of course because I have a few guesses as to why some people like it)? 2 books done #GAR #GARBingo @4thhouseontheleft
1. This is a picture of the way I did my hair this Sunday, for dinner and a movie with my husband and parents! The movie was ' Veere di wedding ', quite fun. Great dinner too!
2. I haven't, I live in #Mumbai.
3. Rice and yoghurt. Absolute comfort food.
4. Black and pink pjs right now!
5. 54, the tagged book is my favourite among them !
Thanks for a fun game @MinDea !
Controversial author Joseph Conrad sure does grab your mind and drag it through the dark trenches of his troubled soul. Whew, this was rough, yet an immensely powerful read. It kept reminding me of Brando's haunting character in Coppola's Apocalypse Now, also based on this novel. But Conrad always ensures a bumpy ride: "My task...to make you hear, to make you feel--it is, before all, to make you see."
So I dove off the deep end today and got my eldest her first cellphone 😱 as a reward for getting her babysitters course. Now sit and read.
Started Catch-22 today. Hope I like it.
Listening to the tagged book. It‘s a struggle. I‘m almost halfway in and I‘m not sure I‘ve retained a thing.