Very very slowly my course books are starting to enter the modern era...yes 1899 is positively futuristic in comparison to some of the books I've had to read. Heart of Darkness however, isn't my favourite of the bunch. I'm enjoying Emma far more.
This novel has an incredibly interesting premise. A group of men sat aboard a boat on the Thames are listening to one mans story of his time in Africa. Marlow meets a man named Kurtz who is the manager of some kind of ivory trade. It's a tale that shows the wrong inherent in imperialism. But reading it was like wading through custard. Joseph Conrad is undoubtedly an impressive man being able to speak three languages but Heart of Darkness seemed overly complicated in its language. Every sentence required it to be read twice and even then half the time it was far to complicated.
I'm glad I read it and I can say that I've read it but other than that I don't have any particular feeling towards this novel.