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5.0 out of 5 stars The darkness in men's hearts, 19 Jan 2000
This review is from: Heart Of Darkness With The Congo Diary (Paperback)
With this novella Joseph Conrad brutally rips away the barriers that men build to hide themselves and exposes the evil that lurks in all men's hearts, waiting for an opportunity to get out.kurtz sails away into the dark continent full of ambition to build a bright shining society where men will be Gods. The result is unspeakable evil. What actually happens the reader never knows. They are just invited to look at the battered result of Kurtz's ambition. Marlowe returns and visits the now dead Kurt's fiancee, but is unable to tell her the truth about her beloved and makes up some romantic tale to spare her feelings. Nowadays Conrad is vulnerable to accusations of racism as he uses Africa to represent the dark continent. As always the politically correct have completely missed the pooint. The evil was in Kurtz, as it is in all men, not in Africa. And Conrad was exposing the wickednesss of colonolism which he was vehemently against, which anyone could find out if they read his works closely. In fact he was not a racist but years ahead of his time.
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Initial post: 7 Dec 2010 10:48:12 GMT
David Wisdom says:
Keen to read the source book for my all time favourite film(Apocalypse Now)

Posted on 18 Mar 2013 18:32:01 GMT
pee yellow says:
yup he was hardly empires greatest apologist - "the conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much." Nuff said!
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