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  • Writer's pictureJames G Yeo

Book Review of Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

For this book, the way that Conrad writes it out by first person and he does an amazing job. The story is that of an journey into the heart of the unknown part of the world. With jungle and danger all around. Marlow, the man telling the story to a group of seamen, tells of his time as a riverboat captain.


The story is during the time of the ivory trade and the exploration of the heart of Europe's African conquest. As Marlow talks about the trials that he has to face going up river to get Kurts, one of the hunters of the ivory, he draws you into the world that he is in.


In a way, Marlow is a sad character as he tells the story of his journey and he makes you feel sorry for everyone in his story. From the outposts managers to the crew of his steamboat. When he speaks of Kurts, the main reason that he is on the journey, at first it is of a greatness and then when he meets him, well I don't want to give the story away.


This book I really liked and how Conrad played with his wording and storytelling was good and for the most part kept me locked into it as I was reading. As an author myself, it is an art form that takes years of storytelling to accomplish that ability.


The next book that I will be reading is Ring Around the Sun by Clifford D. Simak.


I will be looking at reading some series in the future and I would like to know if when I am doing that, would you all like me to read the whole series before starting another book? The first series that I am looking at is The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings series. Let me know in the comments below.

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