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Darkness

03 Apr

HoDIt’s time to begin another voyage.  This time we’re going on a trip deep into Africa.  I’m not quite sure about what we should pack.  I do suggest bringing a flashlight because the title of our next book is Heart of Darkness .

In Joseph Conrad’s book we’ll be discussing colonialism.  We’ll be asked to consider what makes a man civilized and what makes him a barbarian.

Sparknotes says that foreshadowing “permeates every moment of the narrative—mostly operates on the level of imagery, which is consistently dark, gloomy, and threatening.”

Dark, gloomy, and threatening“?  I think I’ll pack two flashlights.  And extra batteries.

Find your copy of Heart of Darkness and get ready to join us.

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Here’s the link up to the free Kindle version.
SWB recommends The Modern Library Classics and the Dover Thrift Edition.

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11 Comments

Posted by on April 3, 2013 in Heart of Darkness

 

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11 responses to “Darkness

  1. lauratfrey

    April 3, 2013 at 9:47 am

    It’s a great book. The racism is difficult to take. And I suppose you know how it ends, but it will still leave you gasping!

     
    • Christine

      April 7, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      Gasping? Interesting. I look forward to it.

       
  2. dangermom

    April 3, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Hum. I just read Eliot’s Hollow Men, so now I know a lot more about this book (which inspired the poem and this sentence is getting very convoluted). However, I don’t think I’m going to join in for this one–there are too many other books demanding my attention just now, but I’ll join you for the next one.

     
    • Christine

      April 7, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      I’ve never heard of Hollow Men. Something else to add to my ever-growing, to-be-read list

       
  3. ebookclassics

    April 4, 2013 at 5:19 am

    I just finished Conrad’s The Secret Agent and enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Heart of Darkness is on my list, so might as well jump in with some good company. Count me in!

     
  4. Ruth @ Experiment with The Well-Educated Mind

    April 4, 2013 at 10:26 am

    I just learned that Conrad ran in literary circles with Henry James and Stephen Crane. Susan Wise Bauer just keeps those connections coming.

     
    • Christine

      April 7, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      I think I have a Conrad quote in my preface to Red Badge of Courage.

       
  5. Norma carey

    April 4, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Two used copies at Schuler’s. My copy (from MSU 1961) is pretty beat up! Once again, I wrote notes in my copy which means I must have “studied” it (or didn’t!) because I will be reading it as one reading it for the first time!

     
    • Christine

      April 7, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      How fun to reread your own notes years later. I think I’ll look back on mine and think, “What was I thinking?!”

       
  6. ebookclassics

    April 5, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Ack! I was wrong and it’s not on my book list. Sorry ladies! I’m still determined to read with you one of these days.

     
    • Christine

      April 7, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      We look forward to it!

       

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