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- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 23 Nov. 2010
- Language: English
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Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh Audiobook – Unabridged
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Obviously inspired by and based in part on the author’s own experiences this is a story that really grips you. As Marlow takes a job to captain a steamboat up and down the river between trading posts in Africa, he is employed by an ivory business. As Marlow keeps hearing of the genius Mr Kurtz, he is intrigued. But when he actually meets Kurtz things are not what they seem.
Taking in Imperialism and the rapacious way of companies to drain areas of natural resources for their own profits this is something that we are still dealing with today. With the native Africans treated like dirt and looked down upon we also see how the Europeans employed by the company come in different guises, from lazy incompetents to those greedy for profit and gain, all backstabbing each other for their own personal advancement.
We see that Kurtz is from a new way of thought, with the idea of suppressing the native religions and superstitions and trying to make them more like ‘civilised’ Europeans. This novella has come under attack at different times due to such things as supposed racism and so on, but personally I along with many others have found this to be slightly erroneous. Conrad firstly was writing in the language and prejudices of his time, and he does portray the inhumanity shown towards the native population quite graphically.Read more ›
The themes are no less profound. I particularly enjoyed Conrad's critique of Western civilization - comparing the tribesmen with the supposedly superior whites and comparing the Congo with the Thames of 1000 years ago.
For all its virtues, this book is quite disorientating and requires careful reading. At several points I had to reread pages to determine who was talking to whom. In particular, the point at which Kurtz finally makes his appearance is (perhaps intentionally) skimmed over without fanfare. I feel that another read or two is in order.
This Penguin Classics edition comes with some extras. Some, like the analysis of changes made between the typescript and the book, are for enthusiasts only. Others, such as the timeline and explanatory notes are essential to any reader. It's a slim volume that is appropriately sombre-looking.
A genuine classic.
The awesome strength of Heart of Darkness is in its simplicity. This is a short novella that does not dwell on or get lost in sub-plots. Marlow simply tells his story after the fact, as dusk settles on the Thames over the group of amateur sailors that is his audience. Joseph Conrad's purpose is likewise straightforward: to show us the conflict between the violent animal in man and rationality, and the impulse to do good. Fitting, moreover, with a contemporary art scene that was discovering African and island art, this upends conventional notions of civilization and humanity. The book's appeal is timeless, and it is a classic, told in deceptively straightforward yet effective terms.
But Conrad's masterpiece, published in 1902, also is an invaluable testimony in the historical sense. Though country names are left out, it is clear that the story takes place in the Belgian Congo, then the territory of the secretive Congo Free State, actually a corporation in the ownership of the Belgian king.Read more ›
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Very dissapointed with this product. It was advertised with the slip cover but arrived without one. With a price tag of £15 I expected it to be as described. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
My first thought?
Why the cover? Surely its not just me who found it rather, well, bizarre?
But not to judge a book by its cover ... Read more
BRILLIANT STORY! Fantastic. If only the language was updated to modern English, reading through it was be a breeze.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Book is brilliant. Editing not so - quite a few spelling mistakes, but not enough to detract from the overall product at the price!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Review is for this edition, not the novel itself. Buy a different version. This one contains some misspellings and grammatical errors. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jess
I thoroughly enjoyed this re-reading this book. The story formed the basis for the movie "Apocalypse Now" I recommend it.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Because it was really interesting
And i would happily read this story again and again because i think it related to me
It is well written. The idea of a storyteller in the story is not unique but very effective. We could ponder over the word darkness for quite some time. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bernie