19 Apr

My new title for Heart of DarknessHeart of Darkness.1

What’s the moral, Marlow?  Marlow, the storyteller, is simultaneously appalled and understanding of Kurtz’s brutality against the people of the Congo.

I confess; I may have been a little grouchy at the time.  Heart of Darkness wasn’t my favorite book, and based on your responses at our last hebdomadal check-in, it wasn’t your favorite either.

Why?  Was it too short?  Was it too hard to keep track of things?   All that inner, outer, central station stuff and the nameless characters.

Christina speculated that Conrad had more to the story in his head that he just forgot to write down on paper.

I kept reading, hoping something to happen.  It was a lot of build up for nothing much.  Maybe I’ve watched too many episodes of Criminal Minds.  I waited and waited for the gory, disturbing scene that would show how Kurtz was getting all that ivory: proof of his Heart of Darkness.  All I got was a brief threat of natives and a dying, crazy man.

It was definitely not my favorite novel.

Why wasn’t Heart of Darkness your favorite WEM classic?

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Posted by on April 19, 2013 in Heart of Darkness


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One response to “Re-titling

  1. An Experiment with the Well-Educated Mind

    April 19, 2013 at 10:09 am

    This is hands down my absolute least favorite that I actually thought about re-selling the book. I didn’t even write in it! I am not even doing the inquiries questions.

    I found it difficult to follow b/c of the narration style. Also, it was not uplifting or enlightening. (Frankly, I already know how bad white Europeans treated the African natives. I don’t want to hear it anymore.) Finally, I was having my own personal dark period that really brought me down. So reading HOD at the same time was a bad mix. Thankfully, I rose above it, and completing HOD shortly after felt like a triumphal moment.

    But I am a glutton for punishment, and I am curious about watching “Apocalypse Now” – a film inspired by HOD. Has anyone else ever seen it?


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