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Heart of Darkness (Dover Thrift Editions) (original 1902; edição 1990)

por Joseph Conrad

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"Heart of Darkness" grew out of a journey Joseph Conrad took up the Congo River; the verisimilitude that the great novelist thereby brought to his most famous tale everywhere enhances its dense and shattering power. Apparently a sailor's yarn, it is in fact a grim parody of the adventure story, in which the narrator, Marlow, travels deep into the heart of the Congo where he encounters the crazed idealist Kurtz and discovers that the relative values of the civilized and the primitive are not what they seem. "Heart of Darkness" is a model of economic storytelling, an indictment of the inner and outer turmoil caused by the European imperial misadventure, and a piercing account of the fragility of the human soul.… (mais)
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Título:Heart of Darkness (Dover Thrift Editions)
Autores:Joseph Conrad
Informação:Dover Publications (1990), Paperback
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Heart of Darkness por Joseph Conrad (1902)

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    King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa por Adam Hochschild (baobab, chrisharpe)
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    The Poisonwood Bible por Barbara Kingsolver (baobab, WSB7)
    WSB7: Both about "colonialisms" abuses in the Congo, among other themes.
  3. 81
    The Quiet American por Graham Greene (browner56)
    browner56: Powerful, suspenseful fictional accounts of the intended and unintended consequences of colonial rule
  4. 92
    Things Fall Apart por Chinua Achebe (SanctiSpiritus)
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    Journey to the End of the Night por Louis-Ferdinand Céline (gust)
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    State of Wonder por Ann Patchett (DetailMuse)
    DetailMuse: Includes a quest for a Kurtz-like character.
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    Max Havelaar: Or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company por Multatuli (Trifolia)
    Trifolia: Both books focus on the ugly sides of colonialism.
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    The Dream of the Celt por Mario Vargas Llosa (gust)
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    Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa por Jason Stearns (Utilizador anónimo)
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    Exterminate All the Brutes por Sven Lindqvist (Polaris-)
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    The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde por Robert Louis Stevenson (Sylak)
    Sylak: Delving the depths of human savagery and corruption.
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    Downward to the Earth por Robert Silverberg (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: Silverberg was inspired by Conrad's story to write Downward to Earth and makes some interesting comments on the themes that Conrad explores.
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    The Sea Wolf por Jack London (wvlibrarydude)
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    The African Queen por C. S. Forester (Cecilturtle)
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    Congo: The Epic History of a People por David Van Reybrouck (gust, Jozefus)
    Jozefus: Bekroond werk over de geschiedenis van Congo, dat door The Independent een "masterpiece" genoemd werd.
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    Fly Away Peter por David Malouf (lucyknows)
    lucyknows: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad may be paired with Fly Away Peter by David Malouf as both authors show human nature to be hollow to the core.
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    The Beach por Alex Garland (TomWaitsTables)
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    The Drowned World por J. G. Ballard (amanda4242)
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    Headhunter por Timothy Findley (chrisharpe)
    chrisharpe: "Headhunter" is a clever and well written fantasy on the theme of Kurtz.

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I am not disclosing any trade secrets. In fact the manager said afterwards that Mr. Kurtz's methods had ruined the district. I have no opinion on that point, but I want you clearly to understand that thee was nothing profitable in these heads being there. They only showed that Mr. Kurtz lacked restraint in the gratification of his various lusts, that there was something wanting in him--some small matter which, when the pressing need arose, could not be found under his magnificent eloquence.

My first 'real' job was as a service cashier at a car dealership. Really eye-opening experience, let me tell you. People who would do any damn thing that did not land them in prison for a few more dollars. One of the most horrible things I have ever yet had to do as a human being was take a several thousand dollar payment from a self employed lady (counted out in cash) for second replacement of a transmission she had bought from us two months before, all because our most conniving service adviser had had her parts warranty voided for user abuse. Not a thing I could do about it but take her money a second time. I got out of there as quick as I could, but it left a deep impression. Evil is not some villain holed up in a remote fortress plotting to take over the world. Evil is banal. Mundane. Neighbors. Friends. Family. Me. Us.

Conrad got it. This is my fourth or fifth read through this book, and I knew he got it, but I didn't know how well he got it until Kenneth Branagh read this book to me. Like most, I've always been more than a little disappointed in the reveal of Kurtz. He really is just a voice. A voice once removed. Marlow's voice. My mind just circled around, trying to figure out Kurtz through Marlow, not quite getting it. Then Branagh read it, and I got it. Kurtz isn't the point. Marlow is the point. And Marlow failed. (I knew that too, but I had always excused him for it. Excused us for it. Not this time.)

I'm going to skip right over the feminism issues. They're there, but they didn't matter to me as a reader, and they're mine, so I feel I can skip them if I want. (Short version: yes, Conrad treats women as ancillary to male concerns, does the pedestal thing, etc. Expects his readers to be men, too. Doesn't matter. Wholly immaterial to the point of the book, which is mine as much as any man's.)

There is, however, a famous essay by [a:Chinua Achebe|8051|Chinua Achebe|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1294661664p2/8051.jpg] which finds this to be a racist book. I've not had time to read the essay just yet, but with all due respect to Mr. Achebe, this is not a racist book. The 'n' word appears in a number of places (which Mr. Branagh replaces with 'native' in this reading), but it appears as well in Twain's work and that is not racist either. The cannibals are the most admirable people in this work. Maybe the only admirable people. As to a whole continent serving as a backdrop for one man's descent into darkness, well, that is half of literature, isn't it? Half the literature I read anyway. (I live in the American west, so maybe that's why I think this my-home-as-a-backdrop thing just happens to us all.) Africa does not drive Kurtz evil. Kurtz brought the evil with him to Africa. The book is quite clear on that point.

My mind, faced with these things, goes to the universal wells, or the nearest it can get to them. Goes to older places, and other books:

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? - Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV)

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. - Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NIV)

Read this, if you haven't. If at all possible, have Mr. Branagh read it to you. (I'll leave a little more on that in the comments.) And maybe let's all try to be strong in the dark.

Morituri te salutant.

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12/3/15 initial reaction:
This audio performance lifts the whole book into genius territory. Review to come.
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12/7/15: Sorry for the bump; I'm fighting with GR about which book counts for a challenge. I'm deleting my previous rating of this book under the Project Gutenberg version to see if I can get it to work right. (Just know that the text is in public domain and therefore free from Gutenberg, and that the audio version bumped my rating up two stars to a six star rating.) ( )
  amyotheramy | May 11, 2021 |
I read this in high school and immediately recognized it in Coppola's film, "Apocalypse Now" and have since then recognized the message in real life. The story is about Marlowe traveling deep into the Congo jungle to locate Kurtz who is an ivory trader but is purported to have lost his mind and established himself as a God. One of the book's messages was about how restraint is the thing that allows humans to behave civilly -- a message that has recently become ever more apparent. A shallow read of the book might think that the Africans were the ones needing to be restrained and that they had corrupted Kurtz. But Kurtz himself was not only unrestrained, he represented the European colonists who had been trampling throughout the world for centuries and wreaking havoc of long established cultures. ( )
  dcvance | May 4, 2021 |
What else can be said about Heart of Darkness that has not yet been said?

I am adding here a paragraph I wrote while commenting on Adam’s review:

I am rethinking my own review here, as it is at the end a way out of saying anything meaningful or otherwise. But, seriously, what has not yet been said about The Heart of Darkness? Personally though – and my impressions are by no means original – I was struck by the power of “story telling” to question contemporary issues (it was still a contemporary issue in 1899 when it was first published) and to examine human nature. I don’t want to diminish Conrad’s accomplishment in either front by scrutinizing his racism and anti-feminism, and this is not just a cop-out, but a understand that even geniuses are frequently incapable of rising above the mores of their time.
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  RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
I listened to this audiobook on Audible and loved every minute of it.

Back in college at UT (Austin) I was in a Shakespeare class and we were lucky enough to have members of the Royal Shakespeare company come to our class and perform, play music, and answer our inane questions about all things Elizabethan. First off, it was a good deal of fun. Second, it was like a window was opened, blinds were raised, and fresh air and light flooded what was a very dark and still room. Let’s face it, Shakespeare is difficult, especially if you are just reading him—after all, they are plays, not novels, and meant to be seen. The play, in this case Lear, suddenly came alive and, for myself at least, I can say that I felt that I was experiencing Shakespeare for the first time.

Through the artistry of those marvelous actors, I appreciated the drama, the emotion, and in many cases the absolutely hilarious lines of plays which for me before had always been interesting and beautiful but not alive. Just like a great musician with his or her talent will bring out unnoticed melodies in well known tunes, a great actor can bring out nuances in a character that you don’t get from just the printed page. They were there all along, but the three dimensional portrayal really allows that character to bloom.

It was certainly like this with Kenneth Branaugh’s reading of Heart of Darkness. I immediately looked for other books narrated by him. Actually, “narrated” is such a shallow word for what Branaugh brings to the performance. Yes, performance is a much better word. For several days in my car on my way to and from work, I was immersed in deep, dark, Africa and the horror of British colonization and Branaugh’s masterful performance that brought out the beautiful horror and depth of Conrad’s often difficult masterpiece, but also the humor and wit that was Conrad’s signature style that can be lost in a purely text format. Branaugh, just like those RSC actors, threw open the windows, raised the blinds and flooded light that illuminated this classic in all of its depth, profundity, and sympathy and emotional impact. I felt that I was experiencing this classic for the first time.

5 stars for Conrad’s genius and another 5 for Branaugh’s masterful performance.
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  ChrisMcCaffrey | Apr 6, 2021 |
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"Heart of Darkness" grew out of a journey Joseph Conrad took up the Congo River; the verisimilitude that the great novelist thereby brought to his most famous tale everywhere enhances its dense and shattering power. Apparently a sailor's yarn, it is in fact a grim parody of the adventure story, in which the narrator, Marlow, travels deep into the heart of the Congo where he encounters the crazed idealist Kurtz and discovers that the relative values of the civilized and the primitive are not what they seem. "Heart of Darkness" is a model of economic storytelling, an indictment of the inner and outer turmoil caused by the European imperial misadventure, and a piercing account of the fragility of the human soul.

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