Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
It stinks. Moving on.
Okay, okay, I won’t cheat you with that pathetic review. It after all, does have some good merits. But let me first say, there is a reason classical books have such a bad reputation. One of them is that they are all grim and pessimistic. Now that I am reading
One of them is that they are all grim and pessimistic. Now that I am reading books on the ‘Thousand and One Books You Must Read Before You Die’ list, I am starting to see why people say this. For instance, Animal Farm does not exactly end on a happy note, now does it. And do I even need to bring up Frankenstein, or The Gold Bug? Well, actually that one did end happily. But Wuthering Heights?
But this one really takes the literary cake in grim. Almost every chapter seemed bent on hurting me. I ended up listening to it on audio to blunt it some, and I still had to read something more cheerful. Maybe you heard of it. The Little Match Girl. I like how Conrad wrote tension, and the description was really good. But I could not wait to get out of that world and check it off the list, never to come back to it again.
Because of the descriptions, and because some people would like the military angle and some of the characters, I think it’s worth skimming. But only barely. Check it out, give it a read, and see if your wordy-nerdy selves agree or disagree with me.