First published in 1902, Conrad's story describes intensely and in stark detail how greed can so easily drive civilised and enlightened men to revert to primitive savagery. Set against the background of the European ivory trade in Africa, Heart Of Darkness is narrator Marlow's account of his journey in search of the legendary and mystical Kurtz, the most successful trader of them all, who is now reported to be ill. Marlow's quest becomes both a harrowing journey of self-discovery and haunting description of the brutality of colonial exploitation; while Kurtz himself is one of the most memorable creations in modern fiction.
(P)1996 HarperCollins UK
It's difficult to define what has made me listen to this novella over 20 times. Conrad's use of language, even though English wasn't his first tongue, is engaging from the outset. And then the story, a travelogue, is so captivating as the author takes us from London to (presumably) Belgium and on to Africa and the (again presumably) Belgian Congo. And on into The Heart of Darkness. In search of the amazing forager of tusks, Kurtz.
Then again, the narrator, Joss Ackland, is what makes this audiobook such and experience.
I believe this to be the perfect combination of author and narrator.
Had to read Heart of Darkness for high school English class. Had trouble reading the book but found the audiobook enjoyable to listen to. By listening to it I was able to understand the emotions and moods of the novel and characters more easily, and because of its short length I was able to listen to it a few times in the lead-up to my test. Recommended.
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