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Heart of Darkness
Heart of Darkness | Joseph Conrad
In Heart of Darkness, English seaman Marlow tells the story of his time as a riverboat captain for a trading company on the Congo, specifically his intense interest in investigating the mysterious Kurtz, an ivory-procurement agent with almost godlike status. On his journey, Marlow discovers not only the barbaric treatment of the natives at the hands of the Europeans, but also the unfathomable darkness in every human soul. The novel is a fascinating exploration of imperialism and human nature.
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Cathythoughts
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#AyUpAugust #AllOfMyHeart Heart of Darkness is the only one I can find. I love this cover , it‘s my sons book. ♥️🖤🖤

Tanisha_A That looks like a beautiful edition! 😍 Which publisher? 2mo
Cathythoughts @Tanisha_A I took the pic in my sons house earlier in the week for this prompt... I‘ll be up there again next week & I‘ll have a look for you 👍🏻😘 2mo
batsy Yup... Stunning edition 👍🏽 2mo
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Cinfhen Wow!!! You‘re very prepared and what a lovely treat for us ❤️ 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Isn‘t that a Folio edition? 😃😍 2mo
youneverarrived Cool cover! 2mo
Tamra Awesomely frightening! 😬 2mo
TrishB Lovely edition ♥️ 2mo
Cathythoughts @batsy @Cinfhen @youneverarrived @Tamra thanks! Yes ! Great cover / edition @TrishB (edited) 2mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm not sure ! I‘ll check next week ( up in my sons house ) 👍🏻 2mo
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gradcat
Heart of Darkness | Conrad, Joseph
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#AyUpAugust

(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.” ♥️

squirrelbrain Very clever! ❤️ 3mo
gradcat @squirrelbrain Thank you very much, Helen...it‘s always nice to hear from you guys. ♥️ 3mo
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Stephjotsdown
Heart of Darkness | Joseph Conrad
Panpan

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.

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Heideschrampf
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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

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Billypar
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#GoodnightSaigon #WanderingJune
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? 😂).

BarbaraBB Isn‘t that Apocalypse Now? 5mo
Billypar @BarbaraBB Yes- clearly more of an 'inspired by' adaptation. I didn't realize this before, but apparently there was also a 1993 adaptation with the same name and original setting starring Tim Roth and John Malkovich (!) 5mo
Leftcoastzen Charlie Don‘t Surf !Love the Book and Apocalypse Now. 5mo
Billypar @Leftcoastzen Robert Duvall is so gifted at playing the worst kind of American male characters- I'm thinking of both Kilgore and his role in Network as the arrogant and combative (putting it mildly) network executive, Frank Hackett. 5mo
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jenniferw88
Heart of Darkness | Joseph Conrad
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Thanks to @rohit-sawant for posting that #theend features in Apocalypse Now. This is the book the film is loosely based on. #maymoviemagic @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Cool #LiveAndLearn 🤓 6mo
Martyn_J_Pass I quite enjoyed this 6mo
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EmilieGR
Heart of Darkness | Matt Kish
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Self indulgent

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Reviewsbylola
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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

emilyhaldi I‘m not sure I even want to read this once 6mo
bewareofwords Oh man, I hated it just as much the second time... 6mo
Karisa I liked it too. It was the first book I'd read that made me feel the absolute need to highlight and make comments in the margins. 6mo
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Cinfhen Yeah, that‘s a #HardPass 🙄 6mo
BiblioLitten Really? I read it years back and had the same thoughts... boring. 6mo
mspixieears I read it for uni and hated it (topic matter) but can‘t deny it‘s well-written. 6mo
Mdargusch I read this in school and I do not have any fond memories. Or any memories. 😜 6mo
LiterRohde Love it. 6mo
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gradcat
Heart of Darkness | Conrad, Joseph
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#marchintothe70s

(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.

Cathythoughts Great choice ♥️👍🏻 8mo
gradcat @Cathythoughts Thank you for saying that...sometimes I get kind of out there with these songs! 😂 8mo
Cinfhen I love that Springsteen album 8mo
gradcat @Cinfhen 🥰 8mo
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wintergeist
Heart of Darkness | Joseph Conrad
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Pickpick

A roller-coaster into the depth of darkness.

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starrdom
Heart of Darkness | Conrad, Joseph
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Panpan

Oh how I hated this #audiobook. If I hadn‘t wanted to scratch it off my 100 Essential Novels poster, there is no way I would have finished. Lots of derogatory language aimed at African natives and a story that I just didn‘t find compelling.

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Monica.Acorn
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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?

starrdom I don‘t think it‘s you, I think it‘s the book. I listen to ALOT of audiobooks but I just finished this one and found it very difficult to follow. 8mo
Monica.Acorn Ah, so it‘s not just me! Thank you, my frustration levels are going down a bit now. 8mo
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Ubergeekygirl
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Mehso-so

This book had lovely language but questionable content. I always have a hard time enjoying a book when I don't like any of the characters. It's hard to not be offended by this book and it's sentiments.

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RavenLovelyReads
Heart of Darkness | Joseph Conrad
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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!

AmyG I miss the cards made by the kids. Happy Valentine‘s Day! ❤️ 9mo
BookNAround So sweet! 9mo
JackOBotts That‘s a great anatomical heart!! Talent! 9mo
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RavenLovelyReads @AmyG homemade cards are the best! Happy Valentine‘s Day to you! ❤️ 9mo
RavenLovelyReads @BookNAround Right?? Every now and then they surprise me. Happy Valentine‘s Day to you! ♥️ 9mo
RavenLovelyReads @JackOBotts Thanks! The hubby did that 😄 At least he didn‘t buy me a “heart” pendant! Happy Valentine‘s Day to you! 💜 9mo
CouronneDhiver That heart one is cool 😎 9mo
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DGRachel
Heart of Darkness | Joseph Conrad
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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? 🥰

Kayla.Adriena Sorry you're having a bad day! Books always help ! 9mo
RachelO I hope your day gets better. But those are some great-looking books you have there 😍 9mo
BookNAround Sorry about your day. Hope you can still get Orphan X. 9mo
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DGRachel @BookNAround Thanks. I will either wait patiently for the hardcover to arrive (should be Thursday afternoon) or I will re-order on Kindle if I decide I just can‘t wait and have it in both formats. I haven‘t decided, yet. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 9mo
LauraBeth I‘m glad you were able to get some book buying therapy in 💕 I have Unmarriageable on deck! 9mo
DGRachel @LauraBeth The Sads are saying “read Heart of Darkness (again)”, but the inner therapist is saying “lighten up and read Unmarriageable” 😂😂 9mo
LauraBeth Sometimes it‘s one of those sad ones that makes me feel better! 9mo
TrishB Glad you got some books ❤️ 9mo
Graciouswarriorprincess Feel better. I am seeing the author of unmarriageable in Savannah at the Book Festival in a couple of weeks. 9mo
Smrloomis Sorry about the day being crap but hopefully these will make it a bit better! 9mo
readordierachel Hope things are looking up 💕 9mo
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scowler1
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Pickpick

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.

saresmoore Yeah, the racism was real bad, but I WAS forced to read this in school and got a lot out of it. I have weirdly ethereal memories of reading it. 10mo
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julesG
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#LitsyWalkers @kaye

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 🐧📚.

RachelO 💦💦Great Danes & Tigers 🐶 🐯 😂😂! Love it. Hope tomorrow‘s dryer! 10mo
Hestapleton I love that Litsy mug! Where on earth did you get it? 10mo
julesG @RachelO Cats and dogs would be a gross understatement. 10mo
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julesG @Hestapleton I won it. Library Thing had the Santa Thing going and the first 10(?) people to connect their Litsy and LT accounts won a mug. You can buy it off LT's online shop, too. 10mo
Kaye Jules you get a golden star because you did go out and have been working hard inside. 🌟 Hoping tomorrow‘s weather improves for you. 10mo
DarcysMom It is crazy raining at my house too. 10mo
julesG @DarcysMom Better outside than inside. (we have had a leaking window for 14 ephing years, our landlord is deaf on that ear) 10mo
julesG @kaye Thanks! I feel so proud of myself for just getting the storage room halfway sorted. Will ask for help with the heavy stuff. 10mo
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scowler1
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A few birthday books, can't believe I've never read heart of darkness, especially as it describes me so well. Happy New year!

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JLaurenceCohen
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I love these covers

julesG Penguin press is not fair. I want to have all the editions. 11mo
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BritanyA
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Panpan

⭐️: This book was straight trash. A self absorbed man‘s monologue about his voyage down the Congo. Filled with racist themes and mansplaining. #ThankUNext

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Lcsmcat
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“The horror, the horror.”
#adventrecommends @emilyrose_x

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LitterRat
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Pickpick



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.

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WhatThePuck
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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!

Ava_Black I reviewed this book for Crimespree Magazine and loved it, but it is definitely grit lit. Very dark and raw. 14mo
OrangeMooseReads YAY! So glad you like it. I hope you like the other books when you get to them 14mo
WhatThePuck @OrangeMooseReads I'm sure I will. You don't know how excited I am that I don't know what they are. My library used to do this until the librarian that ran it moved. I still get sad about it. 😂😂 14mo
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WhatThePuck @Ava_Black I can relate right now. 🤣 14mo
Bookishthoughts @OrangeMooseReads thank is such a cool idea! I may borrow it for future swaps😉😊 14mo
Heatherfeather Umm that is awesome and I feel shitty for not doing that for my amazing pick @JoScho 14mo
Ava_Black @WhatThePuck Glad you're enjoying it! 14mo
Whimsical.Curiosity Yayyyyyyyyyyy!!! 14mo
Avanders ❤️🧡💛🎃🍁🍂😍 and I love the blind date idea! 14mo
JoScho @Heatherfeather you did not need to do that for me. It was all perfect ❤️😊 14mo
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Christinak
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#PBSGreatAmericanRead
“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.”

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Maggy.reads

"... but when an opportunity offered at last to meet my predecessor, the grass growing through his ribs was tall enough to hide his bones"

RaimeyGallant Fabulous quote. 12mo
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naylormatthew
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Apparently it's Apocalypse Now!

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MegD
Heart of Darkness | Joseph Conrad

‘His period of artistic fertility occurred precisely on the cusp between a Victorianism that was rapidly becoming antiquated and a modernism that would not be fully developed until after World War I.‘
- Michael Matin on Joseph Conrad.

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Gopiparakuni
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Hailed as one of the earliest novelists to treat the dilemma of a globalized world, my wish to read more of Joseph Conrad became stronger after visiting Poland last year. Savoring Darkness slowly...

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mariaku21
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Mehso-so

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

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TiredLibrarian
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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.

@Trashcanman @LiterRohde

Mommamanzi I love ‘not so new‘ books. I‘m always a little behind on the reading trends. I have something off your tbr list! Please email me your name and mailing address and I‘ll get it out to you! Nicoleorlando@hotmail.com 1y
Trashcanman Thank you for the tag and for thinking of me @TiredLibrarian. 🤗 I will post in a few. 1y
TiredLibrarian @Mommamanzi Thank you - will email you! 😊 1y
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CBee
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plaidchuck
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Pickpick

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.

kidamy I have this edition of it, too. I can't resist a cool cover. 1y
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jenniferw88
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Trashcanman Who ever wrote this must know me. 1y
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Foragingfantasy
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I‘ve been curious about Heart of Darkness since I saw it was Anthony Bourdains favorite book. I found both of these in a free bin, at a resale shop. Score.

LeahBergen Ethan Frome is really good. ❤️ 1y
Foragingfantasy @LeahBergen it sounds good! 1y
BooksBikes12 I loved it... 1y
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LiterRohde
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“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

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TiredLibrarian
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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

LiterRohde I love that one too! “The horror!” 1y
Trashcanman That book catches a lot of shit, but I love it. ❤️ 1y
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MirrorMask
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Panpan

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

CoffeeNBooks I didn't like this book, either. I keep thinking I should give it another chance, but I just really don't want to... I have so many other books on my TBR list that I really want to read! 1y
Ruthiella I admire Conrad‘s writing. The book is full of racist sentiments for sure; it shows its age. I had to read it for a European History class in college. It is also interesting because it inspired the movie Apocalypse Now. 1y
Alternative_Mr_Men I had this for every year of my degree, and I could never get more that a few pages in. 1y
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Weaponxgirl I just found this book incredibly boring apart from anything else. It's short but I could not make myself read all the way through 1y
4thhouseontheleft I hate this one too! I had a college lit class that required us to read Heart of Darkness and Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, and compare the two. It made for some interesting conversation. 1y
TheEldritchProfessor Yes! Thank you! I hate this book and have since 12th grade. It‘s unspeakably boring, and even though I‘ve read every word twice, I still have no idea what it‘s actually about. 1y
Trashcanman I love it. 😊 1y
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Vansa
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#HumpDayPost
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 !

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UwannaPublishme
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Pickpick

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."
#readharder
#colonialorpostcolonialliterature

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 1y
Mollyanna Winderful review! This is is quite the read. I read it waaaaay back in HS and it has stuck with me for over 25 years. 1y
Gezemice Great review! It did indeed make me feel.... depressed. It was great at it. 1y
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UwannaPublishme @TrishB @Mollyanna @Gezemice Thanks! 🤗💖 I see Conrad has struck a nerve in all of us. I'm hoping my next read will be lighter. 😉 1y
ReadZenRites I know it‘s odd to comment on a 3-week-old review, but your super fun Litsy handle caught my eye when I was checking out the Book Profile. 😁👏🏻. And your review is awesome, too!! 😊 1y
UwannaPublishme @ReadZenRites Nothing odd about that! Nice to meet a fellow ink slinger, insomniac and bookish friend. 😊🙌🏻My crazy handle originated as a Halloween character and somehow evolved from there. 😁 Happy weekend and happy reading! 1y
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Lcsmcat
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“The horror! The horror!” #horror #litsyclassics #maylovesclassics @Sarah83

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Tianarose
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Bailedbailed

Just couldn‘t get into this.. not sure why. I‘ve sat down with this 3 times and I am only 10 pages in. The writing is good, maybe I‘m just not in the mood. Not sure if I am going to try it again or not.

rachelk Yeah, I‘ve had trouble getting in to it too. 2y
BiblioLitten Same. 2y
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Tianarose
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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.

tammysue How exciting for her! 2y
BiblioLitten Interesting cover. My heart was never into this book though😐. 2y
Tianarose @BiblioLitten I am finding it a tough one to get into. I don‘t yet if it‘s the book itself or I just haven‘t been in the mood 2y
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dariazeoli
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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.

ValerieAndBooks I have Heart of Darkness in my TBR somewhere— because it‘s a #1001books 😬 2y
Lcsmcat It helps if you view it as a bit surrealist. I read it first in high school and then again in my 40‘s and there‘s so much in there. Poisonwood Bible makes a good companion read, btw. 2y
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Tianarose
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This will be the shortest book I have gotten into in a long time. (Not including what I read to my kids every night.)

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TiredLibrarian
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Pickpick

Somehow I made it through school (as an English major) without reading this. The writing was a little too adjective-y for my taste, and the racism was painful. But a mesmerizing book & powerful indictment of colonialism. #litsyclassics

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Bookboss
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Pickpick

I first read Heart of Darkness in college, and I find something new in every re-read of this dense, complex book. I find it pairs well with Chinua Achebe‘s Things Fall Apart, which I love. The destructive horrors of colonialism and racism must never be forgotten.

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sofiaga
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Chineándome un poco hoy. #litsyinSpanish Taking care of myself today

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RedMudNessa
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Listening to this on my Alexa device. It's free for Amazon Prime members (this month? I'm not sure how long it's available).

sprainedbrain Kenneth Branagh is the only reason I made it through that book. 😳 2y
RedMudNessa @sprainedbrain I definitely thought about stopping somewhere in the middle and kinda zoned out, that is a problem I have with fiction audio books in general, but as a whole I didn't hate it. 2y
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julesG
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DGRachel I know a lot of people dislike him, but I love Conrad and I loved this book. 2y
julesG @DGRachel I liked Heart of Darkness. There are worse classics out there. 2y
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