Monday, December 4, 2023

Week #49 – Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Welcome to 2023!  On Mondays this year, let’s discuss and have fun with books. No I’m not writing book reviews. But this website is for writers, and writers like books right? So let’s have FUN with books!

Week #49 – Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, 1899

Sailor Charles Marlow, captain of a river steamboat for a Belgian ivory trade company, journeys up the Congo River to meet Kurtz, an ivory trader. Marlow encounters inefficiency and brutality in the Company’s stations. The native Africans have been forced into the Company’s service and exploited.

You can read it here

Here's a fun animated summary

The movie Apocalypse Now was influenced by this book, with the setting moved to during the Vietnam War

The book would be considered racist if written today

There are two countries in Africa called “Congo”, separated by the Congo River. They are called the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the east side and the Republic of the Congo on the west side.

What's the difference between them?

DR Congo is the second-poorest nation in the world, after Haiti

Have you read Heart of Darkness? What did you think of it?

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