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The book is excellent - but this so-called "illustrated" edition is terrible
on 10 January 2017
Only one star? The book is excellent - but this so-called "illustrated" edition is terrible!
The writing is classic, great, Conrad. Really entertaining and thought-provoking (not least as a point of comparison for terrorism then and now). Plus it is fascinating to compare to the recent UK television series... A great read, no reservations there.
But the illustrations - oh dear. What a "con". The text contains many pictures, scattered in completely RANDOM places, which have NOTHING to do with the text. Absolutely nothing at all! The pictures look like very low-resolution copies of classical paintings; they are not described or captioned, so I've no idea what they are - but they look something like paintings of exotic oriental scenes, which is a long, long way from the foggy London in the story. Basically the images distract and annoy - they do not add anything of value. Whoever added the images should feel acutely embarrassed.