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Heart Of Darkness. The story of the civilized, enlightened Mr. Kurtz who embarks on a harrowing "night journey" into the savage heart of Africa, only to find his dark and evil soul. The Secret Sharer. The saga of a young, inexperienced skipper forced to decide the fate of a fugitive sailor who killed a man in self-defense. As he faces his first moral test the skipper discovers a terrifying truth — and comes face to face with the secret itself. Heart Of Darkness and The Secret Sharer draw on actual events and people that Conrad met or heard about during his many far-flung travels. In portraying men whose incredible journeys on land and at sea are also symbolic voyages into their own mysterious depths, these two masterful works give credence to Conrad's acclaim as a major psychological writer.

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Heart Of Darkness. The story of the civilized, enlightened Mr. Kurtz who embarks on a harrowing "night journey" into the savage heart of Africa, only to find his dark and evil soul. The Secret Sharer. The saga of a young, inexperienced skipper forced to decide the fate of a fugitive sailor who killed a man in self-defense. As he faces his first moral test the skipper discovers a terrifying truth — and comes face to face with the secret itself. Heart Of Darkness and The Secret Sharer draw on actual events and people that Conrad met or heard about during his many far-flung travels. In portraying men whose incredible journeys on land and at sea are also symbolic voyages into their own mysterious depths, these two masterful works give credence to Conrad's acclaim as a major psychological writer.

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Conrad was born on 12/3/1857, in a part of Russia that had once belonged to Poland. His parents were members of the landed gentry, but as ardent Polish patriots they suffered considerably for their political views. Orphaned at 11, Conrad attended school in Cracow but concluded that there was no future for him in occupied Poland, and at 16 he left forever. The sea was Conrad's love and career for the next 20 years; in the British merchant navy, he rose finally to captain, sailing to Australia and Borneo and surviving at least one shipwreck. In 1890 he became captain of a Congo River steamer, but this led only to disillusionment and ill health and this would become the basis for Conrad's masterpiece, Heart of Darkness. Reluctantly leaving the merchant service, he settled in England and completed his first novel, Almayer's Folly, already begun at sea. His subsequent works, many of which drew upon his sea experiences, include The Nigger of the "Narcissus" (1897), Lord Jim (1900), Nostromo (1904), The Secret Agent (1907), The Secret Sharer (1910), and Chance (1913). The man who was 21 before he spoke a word of English is now regarded as one of the superb English stylists of all time. Conrad died at his desk in 1924.

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AReader, December 7, 2009 (view all comments by AReader)
I had low expecations that this story would hold my attension but I was pleasantly surprised. The story line follows a narrative told by a crew mate 'Marlow', who goes to the congo to participate in trade. The congo at that time was occupied by the Belgin's who exploitaed the congos resources as well as their people.

During the course of the story you learn the extent of the exploitation suffered by the people in Africa, which really resonates; the exploitation that is suffered, today by the Africans at the hands of the Europeans and other Western countries. Conrad also highlights the animilaistic nature of human beings and how they can be corrupted by greed, lust and money.

This novel holds many intriguing themes and symbols that are easy to recognise and is a great read which is why I highly reccommend it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553212143
Editor:
Walker, Franklin
Author:
Walker, Franklin
Author:
Conrad, Joseph
Author:
Safire, William
Author:
Safire
Publisher:
Bantam Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Suffering
Subject:
Sea stories
Subject:
Parables
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;literature;classics;classic;africa;novel;british;20th century;colonialism;congo;19th century;english literature;adventure;short stories;imperialism;joseph conrad;british literature;novellas;english;classic literature;anthology;high school;20th cen
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Bantam Classic ed.
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Bantam Classics
Series Volume:
R 814
Publication Date:
May 1982
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
6.96x4.22x.61 in. .24 lbs.

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