Heart of Darkness

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MobileReference, Dec 15, 2009 - Fiction
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This is an electronic edition of the complete book complemented by author biography. ************. Heart of Darkness is a novella written by Polish-born writer Joseph Conrad (born Jzef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski). Before its 1902 publication, it appeared as a three-part series (1899) in Blackwood''s Magazine. It is widely regarded as a significant work of English literature and part of the Western canon. OCo Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. ."

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The flaccid ending was also a let down. - LibraryThing
While the style and prose is very well done. - LibraryThing
I loved the imagery. - LibraryThing
Always a good read and a gifted writer. - LibraryThing
I couldn't say enough about Conrad's mastery of prose. - LibraryThing
The prose are not for the unexperienced reader. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - aryadeschain - LibraryThing

First of all, I'd like to state that the real reason why I started reading this book was because of the game Spec Ops: The Line (my current favorite one), which was apparently based on it. So right to ... Read full review

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User Review  - JVioland - LibraryThing

Conrad's conflicts always involve the sea or a river in some way. He pits modern man with his vices/virtues against the primitive and always finds him lacking. Heroes are brought low and jerks become redeemed. Always a good read and a gifted writer. Read full review

About the author (2009)

Joseph Conrad is recognized as one of the 20th century's greatest English language novelists. He was born Jozef Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski on December 3, 1857, in the Polish Ukraine. His father, a writer and translator, was from Polish nobility, but political activity against Russian oppression led to his exile. Conrad was orphaned at a young age and subsequently raised by his uncle. At 17 he went to sea, an experience that shaped the bleak view of human nature which he expressed in his fiction. In such works as Lord Jim (1900), Youth (1902), and Nostromo (1904), Conrad depicts individuals thrust by circumstances beyond their control into moral and emotional dilemmas. His novel Heart of Darkness (1902), perhaps his best known and most influential work, narrates a literal journey to the center of the African jungle. This novel inspired the acclaimed motion picture Apocalypse Now. After the publication of his first novel, Almayer's Folly (1895), Conrad gave up the sea. He produced thirteen novels, two volumes of memoirs, and twenty-eight short stories. He died on August 3, 1924, in England.

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