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What the community says about Heart of Darkness
- "This brutal and complex book about slavery in Africa is historically accurate and a must-read for any American seeking to better understand intercultural relations. Despite its inherent darkness, it's a powerful learning experience for all."
- "Short novels are fun and do not take as much effort as a very large novel. I like the shorter ones because I feel I can read more stories in a shorter time span. Recently I read Heart of Darkness. Heart of Darkness is a unusual read but fascinating how one can become involved in certain industries that are not very moral. I don't want to post spoilers but I think the story was really interesting. ""Joseph Conrad was a Polish-born English novelist who is most famous for his fictionalized account of Colonial Africa in Heart of Darkness. I was surprised to learn that it was written more than a century ago. The timeless theme holds just as much significance in today's world. It looks into the darkest recesses of human nature - who ultimately came to signify the gloomy reality of sin."
- "Heart of Darkness is rather problematic these days. The blatant racism and toxic masculinity combine to present an example I can share with my students of what we must fight and take to the streets to protest the patriarchy that gave rise to these sort of novels."
- "A true classic, recently I had to write a report on postcolonial literary works and as I did the research the first book I found on the genre was Heart of Darkness. Not only is it a great read and engrossing, you could do a great deal of research papers on this book alone. The topic of dark foreign lands is very interesting to me and the undertones of psychological issues makes it even more intriguing , you will not want to put this book down until you read it to the end. "
- "One of my favorite books. Heart of Darkness is a psychological thriller and a great story. The character of Colonel Kurtz is one of the best in all of literature. Now the kind of book you can read in a weekend, you'll want to take your time and enjoy this one. "
- "I am not much of a history buff. In fact, history was my least favorite subject at school simply because of how boring memorizing dates and facts are. I always thought "I don't dream to be a Jeopardy contestant, no need to learn useless trivia!". But sometimes, parts of history can become interesting when used in fiction. In the Heart of Darkness, this is just what happens. The boring past becomes an interesting place of adventure and an eye opener to the evils and cruelties that humans are capable of doing. I read this for a little while and it was definitely thrilling as well and it kept my attention for quite a while. This is a great book to read if you're into post-colonial stuff!"
- "I've never been into adventure type stories, but this one held my interest. The character tells a tale of his time in Africa in the midst of ivory trading and the terrifying things he encountered on a trip down the Congo as a river captain. Suspenseful at times, it was hard to put down."
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- "I picked up this book so I could read about colonialism for one of my World Geography courses. For some reason, I missed that this was a Fiction book and not a non-Fiction book. Still, I decided to give it a read because I wanted to get a good feel for the thinking processes of the people of the time (1899). It touched on colonialism a little bit, not enough for me to use on a chunk of my paper, but it had such a memorable, twisted story that I can't get it out of my head. Be warned, because of the age of the book, it is a slow read."