Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

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Heart of Darkness is a novella by Joseph Conrad that tells the story of Charles Marlow and his voyage on the Congo River. The story is inspired by Conrad's own experiences traveling in the Congo River in a Belgian trading steamer. 

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What the community says about Heart of Darkness

  • Diane Payne
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "It's cheap enough that even if i don't like it I wont feel bad. I'm not sure how to feel about the reviews."
  • Evelyn Carter
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "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."
    Beverly Stewart
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Great book!"
  • George Richardson
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "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. "
    Gary Lee
    Written on February 4, 2017
    "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."
    Óscar Venegas
    Written on April 11, 2017
    "A short novel with a big shadow. A good number of my favorite movies including Apocalypse Now are heavily influenced by Heart of Darkness. A great read."
  • Howard Mitchell
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "I really enjoyed this book. It was very thrilling and really made me want to finish it. The book was turned into Apocalypse now so if you enjoyed the movie pick up this book. Even if you haven't seen the movie I highly recommend the book."
  • Gloria Keller
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Heart of Darkness is a literary classic, and it is known as the inspiration for Apocalypse Now. Modern audiences may struggle with it, but it is not Conrad's fault. His talent inspired many of the greats."
  • Humberto Rendón
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "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."
  • Mercedes Sandoval
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "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. "
  • Brian Fuller
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "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. "
    Louis Johnson
    Written on May 23, 2018
    "This book was definitely mentioned in Psycho Pass. I saw the book in the show and it sparked my interest so I bought it from Amazon. This is a somewhat true story based on real life experiences. It kept me hooked from beginning to the end, I would recommend it."
  • Phillip Miller
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Seems like a very good but I do not see how it would be for men by Esquire."
  • Ishan Pillai
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "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!"
  • Nicholas Cook
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Heart of Darkness is absolutely the best Joseph Conrad book. There isn't even really a close second in my mind!"
  • Kimberly Stevens
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Sounds like a good book. I see no hearts on the cover shown on Amazon though."
  • Jack Burns
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Great book, alot of twists and turns. The amazon river is an interesting setting."
  • Amber Owens
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "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."
  • Elizabeth Davidson
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "Yes, this website is a great solution because it offers this book."
  • Doris Larson
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "This is a novel and i believe they are wanting a book to help with AP English"
  • Susan Banks
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "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."
  • Chao Liu
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "Great book, fantastic read. It made me lose focus on my surroundings. It took me into the depths of the Congo with vivid imagination."
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