Book :: Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness
By: Joseph Conrad
Pages: 200
Published: 1899
Genre(s): Africa
Historical Fiction
Rating: (17)


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Apr 11th, 2024

Polilla-Lynn Polilla-Lynn

This story is narrated by a man, representing a trading company, who journeys up the Congo River. There he hears of, and eventually meets, a mysterious ivory trader who has some kind of hold on the people of that area. He is not only mysterious but powerful, and the narrator soon discovers greed and frailty in him.

Oct 14th, 2019

Portia Portia

Jan 9th, 2019

forline forline

Not my first Conrad but my favorite....a small, juicy, wonderfully intense reading pleasure bomb!

Jan 4th, 2018

Aaron Sztrakoniczky Aaron Sztrakoniczky

A bit difficult to understand but symbolical.

Jun 1st, 2016

bryanoz bryanoz

Jun 18th, 2015

Tejas Nair Tejas Nair

The prose is descriptive about what happened. But the build-up and narration is so boring you will struggle. I could not complete it.

May 8th, 2015

jwk jwk

Dec 12th, 2014

red13x red13x

I'm sure this book deserves more stars but I just couldn't get into it. I found it so very dull, so very boring, oh so very boring!!! Shame.

Oct 24th, 2014

Caro60 Caro60

This novel is a sad reflection on the greed and inhumanity of imperial ambitions. To the modern day reader there are some challenges as we apply our own world views to a novel written in the late 19th century. However, if you can manage to look past this (which the first time I read it I couldn't) this is a rich story about how people can be corrupted and destroyed by the world which they sought to rule.

Oct 19th, 2014

bdubransky bdubransky

May 26th, 2014

sanayhs sanayhs

May 9th, 2014

Mojo2dmax Mojo2dmax

Feb 19th, 2014

mperry2743 mperry2743

Truly challenging reading but worth the focus, fabulous use of language.

Dec 17th, 2013

che che

Aug 29th, 2013

rebekahj391 rebekahj391

I could never get into this book. I did not like the way anything was worded and the whole thing seemed like a drag. I was relieved every time I turned a page, because it meant I was THAT much closer to finishing. It seemed like there was no action, and the book portrayed the natives as practically inhuman. I thought at some point I may be emotionally moved, but that did not happen by any stretch of the imagination. What a disappointment...

Aug 23rd, 2013

matthewrparks matthewrparks

This book is eloquently written and perhaps a more sophisticated insight into human nature than some other novels. It is however, at least to me, less powerful and emotionally raw than Lord of the Flies or other similarly themed novels, and leaves something to be desired.

Feb 25th, 2013

Heart of Darkness appears on these lists...

28th on The 20th Centrury's Greatest Hits by American Book Review

67th on 100 Best Novels by Modern Library

21st on Rival 100 Best Novels by Radcliffe

91st on Books You Can't Live Without by The Guardian

5th on 100 Novels Everyone Should Read by Telegraph

38th on Books of the Century by Waterstone

75th on Top 100 Books by Newsweek