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John Cooper wrote:I read this book first time and become fane of this series.
Well as far as the reviews are discussed, would definitely like to go on and try this book. Seems to be a great book to go for and enjoy reading....
Its a really good story one should to read
I didn't think it was an easy read however and I read it over the course of a week in multiple short bursts, often covering some pages twice to ensure that I was taking it in.
The journey was fascinating and of the time that it was written I wouldn't imagine that too many people would have wanted to experience such hardship. I really enjoyed the characterisation though and Marlow shone through as an inspirational gentleman. I thoroughly recommend it and intend to read it again shortly to consolidate some points further.
I am keeping at it because someone told me this is actually the book that Francis Ford Coppola used as the model for Apocalypse Now, which I found interesting.
I remember my parents going to see that film and they did not go to see films.
The neighbors took me to see WIlly Wonka and my sister took me to see Cinderella and those were the only movies I saw in a theatre as a child, yet inexplicably my parents went to see this.
I have still never seen it but if I ever finish this book I might rent it.
What is disturbing is the way the savages are treated by the company. They are expected to bear all the heavy burdens of the trip and to live without the comforts of their white counterparts. Their lives are expendable as long as there is ivory to be had.
Although Marlow seems to be appalled at the treatment of the savages and Kurtz's bizarre behavior, he does nothing to try to improve their plight. In the end he lies to Kurtz's girlfriend when he tells her Kurtz's last words were her name. The reader can only wonder why Marlow chose to lie. Perhaps he was trying to shield the girlfriend from the fact that Kurtz died insane and ranting.
Marlow's tale is based on Conrad's own experience in the Congo Free State, the private colony owned by King Leopold II of Belgium, which preceded the establisment of the Belgian Congo. The novel was published years before the Belgian Congo came into existence
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Central to the story is the character of Kurtz, even though he is only introduced late in the story, and dies before he offers much insight into his existence or what he has become. Marlow's relationship with Kurtz and what he represents to Marlow is really at the crux of the novel.
The book seems to suggest that we are not able to understand the darkness that has affected Kurtz's soul--certainly not without understanding what he has been through in the jungle. Taking Marlow's point of view, we glimpse from the outside what has changed Kurtz so irrevocably from the European man of sophistication to something far more frightening
This book is considered a masterpiece and some people say that it is written beautifully, they are all wrong, I can write better then this old twat, and don't even get me going into how racist the book is. Every black person is called savage and I guess Conrad thinks that Africans are also cannibals.
My advice is to to never read the book, I was forced to read this crime against humanity for school and now I wish I had just used SparkNotes for it. If you want to learn anything about African Culture or imperialism then read Things Fall Apart by Achebe.