Read Books Online

Books: Heart of Darkness (Annotated) (Monsoon Media Classics)

Download books format PDF, TXT, ePub, PDB, RTF, FB2 & Audio Books
Read online
Books description

Read online Heart of Darkness (Annotated) (Monsoon Media Classics).pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Heart of Darkness (Annotated) (Monsoon Media Classics) Joseph Conrad is likely to have based Heart of Darkness on his experience in as a steamboat captain in the Congo central Africa although he does not name the location in the book .

Conrad opens the book by giving a precise location for some of his characters on board a small sailboat called the Nellie anchored in the Thames Estuary on the outskirts of London Incidentally the author was known to have sailed on a British yawl called Nellie in real life .

It was written during what could be considered the golden age of colonialism when explorers adventurers and entrepreneurs from Britain France and other European countries would travel to the deepest darkest corners of the world in search of their fortune or whatever else they were searching for .

The book is considered by many to be one of the most important works of fiction ever written .

On one level it is a tale of seafarers and the world of mystery wonder and adventure they live in Except Conrad s own long and difficult career as a seafarer meant that he was able to describe the sailor s world in such an authentic way that you really feel that by the end of the book you feel like you were on that very voyage he was recounting and you lived through those experiences he was describing .

It could also be said to be a tale of European missionary activity in what was then referred to as the Dark Continent Indeed there is speculation that Conrad s book infuses the story of the explorer Henry Morton Stanley who set out to find David Livingstone a medical missionary based in Africa and considered a national hero in Britain in the late th century .

Heart of Darkness has been made into a celebrated and award winning Hollywood film called Apocalypse Now by the director Francis Ford Copolla who changed the setting from Africa to Asia and depicted American military power instead of the European colonial power alluded to in the book .

Moreover it is a tale of entrepreneurialism centred on the African ivory trade .

Most enduringly however Heart of Darkness is an exploration of the human psyche and specifically its capacity for evil In describing the characters in the book the actions they take and the events they are caught up in Conrad explores the nature of human relationships specifically the relationship between European colonialists and the African people whose lands they colonised by Joseph Conrad

Books descriptionDetails
Heart of Darkness (Annotated) (Monsoon Media Classics)
Title:Heart of Darkness (Annotated) (Monsoon Media Classics)
Format Type:eBook PDF / e-Pub
Rating:
Author:
Published:
ISBN:
ISBN 13:
Number of Pages:
Category:Classics, Fiction, Literature, Africa, School, Historical fiction, Novels, Read for school, Adventure, High school
Review #Top 1
  • Heart of Darkness

    This book Bien Read Ebooks Online - Heart of Darkness - Marlow a seaman and wanderer recounts his physical and psychological journey in search of the infamous ivory trader Kurtz Travelling up river to the heart of th...

    Read review
  • Heart of Darkness and Selected Short Fiction

    This book Bien Read Ebooks Online - Heart of Darkness and Selected Short Fiction - amp amp LDIV amp amp R amp amp LDIV amp amp R amp amp LI amp amp RHeart of Darkness and Selected Short Fiction amp amp L I amp amp R by amp amp LB amp amp RJose...

    Read review
  • Lord Jim

    This book Bien Read Ebooks Online - Lord Jim - Haunted by the memory of a moment of lost nerve during a disastrous voyage Jim submits to condemnation by a Court of Inquiry In the wake of his disgrace he trav...

    Read review
  • Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer

    This book Bien Read Ebooks Online - Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer - i Heart Of Darkness i The story of the civilized enlightened Mr Kurtz who embarks on a harrowing night journey into the savage heart of Africa only to find his ...

    Read review
  • Nostromo

    This book Bien Read Ebooks Online - Nostromo - Joseph Conrad s adventure novel set amid the mist covered mountains of a fictional South American republic spins a colorful tale of capitalist exploitation and ...

    Read review
  • The Secret Agent

    This book Bien Read Ebooks Online - The Secret Agent - Mr Verloc the secret agent keeps a shop in London s Soho where he lives with his wife Winnie her infirm mother and her idiot brother Stevie When Verloc is reluc...

    Read review
  • Heart of Darkness and Other Tales

    This book Bien Read Ebooks Online - Heart of Darkness and Other Tales - The finest of all Conrad s tales em Heart of Darkness em is set in an atmosphere of mystery and menace and tells of Marlow s perilous journey up the Congo River...

    Read review
  • The Secret Sharer

    This book Bien Read Ebooks Online - The Secret Sharer - A young man sets out on his first voyage as captain aboard a vessel and among a crew that are equally unfamiliar to him A mysterious night swimmer climbs aboard...

    Read review
  • Victory

    This book Bien Read Ebooks Online - Victory - Axel Heyst a dreamer and a restless drifter believes he can avoid suffering by cutting himself off from others Then he becomes involved in the operation of a co...

    Read review
  • Under Western Eyes

    This book Bien Read Ebooks Online - Under Western Eyes - Acclaimed as one of Conrad s finest literary achievements this gripping novel deftly depicts the political turmoil of nineteenth century Russia and follows the ...

    Read review
Heart of Darkness and Other Tales, Heart of Darkness, Nostromo, Victory, Heart of Darkness and Selected Short Fiction, Under Western Eyes, Lord Jim, Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer, The Secret Sharer, The Secret Agent
Haunted by the memory of a moment of lost nerve during a disastrous voyage Jim submits to condemnation by a Court of Inquiry In the wake of his disgrace he travels to the exotic region of Patusan and as the agent at this remote trading post comes to be revered as Tuan Jim Here he finds a measure of serenity and respect within himself However when a gang of thieves arrives on the island the memory of his earlier disgrace comes again to the fore and his relationship with the people of the island is jeopardized, Marlow a seaman and wanderer recounts his physical and psychological journey in search of the infamous ivory trader Kurtz Travelling up river to the heart of the African continent he gradually becomes obsessed by the enigmatic wraith like figure Marlow s discovery of how Kurtz has gained his position of power over the local people involves him in a radical questioning not only of his own nature and values but those of Western civilization A haunting and hugely influential Modernist masterpiece i Heart of Darkness i explores the limits of human existence as well as the nightmarish realities of imperialism br br Part of a major series of new editions of Conrad s most famous works in Penguin Classics this volume contains Conrad s i Congo Diary i a chronology further reading notes a map of the Congo a glossary and an introduction discussing the author s experiences of Africa the narrative and symbolic complexities of i Heart of Darkness i and critical responses to the novel, Axel Heyst a dreamer and a restless drifter believes he can avoid suffering by cutting himself off from others Then he becomes involved in the operation of a coal company on a remote island in the Malay Archipelago and when it fails he turns his back on humanity once more But his life alters when he rescues a young English girl Lena from Zangiacomo s Ladies Orchestra and the evil innkeeper Schomberg taking her to his island retreat The affair between Heyst and Lena begins with her release but the relationship shifts as Lena struggles to save Heyst from the detachment and isolation that have inhibited and influenced his life Marked by a violent and tragic conclusion b Victory b is both a tale of rescue and adventure and a perceptive study of a complex relationship and of the power of love, The finest of all Conrad s tales em Heart of Darkness em is set in an atmosphere of mystery and menace and tells of Marlow s perilous journey up the Congo River to relieve his employer s agent the renowned and formidable Mr Kurtz What he sees on his journey and his eventual encounter with Kurtz horrify and perplex him and call into question the very bases of civilization and human nature Endlessly reinterpreted by critics and adapted for film radio and television the story shows Conrad at his most intense and sophisticated The other three tales in this volume depict corruption and obsession and question racial assumptions Set in the exotic surroundings of Africa Malaysia and the east they variously appraise the glamour folly and rapacity of imperial adventure This revised edition uses the English first edition texts and has a new chronology and bibliography