Heart of Darkness (100 Copy Limited Edition)

Heart of Darkness (100 Copy Limited Edition)

by Joseph Conrad


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When Charles Marlow accepts the captaincy of a steamship in the Congo, he witnesses the brutality with which the colonialists treat the African people. Setting off with a crew of cannibals, Marlow is tasked with transporting ivory downriver and rescuing a renowned ivory trader. On his journey Marlow encounters the darkness of the Congo wilderness, the darkness of the Europeans’ cruel treatment of the natives, and the darkness within every human being for committing heinous acts of evil.

The Heart of Darkness was based on Joseph Conrad’s experiences as a steamship captain in the Congo. Conrad interwove his observations of the darkness in mankind, man’s potential for duplicity, and the struggle between good and evil in everyone’s soul. Widely regarded as a significant work of British literature, it was adapted by Orson Welles for the Mercury Theatre, and used as the basis for Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now.

This cloth-bound book includes a Victorian inspired dust-jacket, and is limited to 100 copies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781772267587
Publisher: Engage Books
Publication date: 10/08/2019
Pages: 108
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Joseph Conrad (born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski; 3 December 1857 - 3 August 1924) was a Polish-British writer regarded as one of the greatest novelists to write in the English language. Though he did not speak English fluently until his twenties, he was a master prose stylist who brought a non-English sensibility into English literature. Conrad wrote stories and novels, many with a nautical setting, that depict trials of the human spirit in the midst of what he saw as an impassive, inscrutable universe.

Conrad is considered an early modernist, though his works contain elements of 19th-century realism. His narrative style and anti-heroic characters have influenced numerous authors, and many films have been adapted from, or inspired by, his works. Numerous writers and critics have commented that Conrad's fictional works, written largely in the first two decades of the 20th century, seem to have anticipated later world events.

Writing near the peak of the British Empire, Conrad drew, among other things, on his native Poland's national experiences and on his own experiences in the French and British merchant navies, to create short stories and novels that reflect aspects of a European-dominated world-including imperialism and colonialism-and that profoundly explore the human psyche.

Date of Birth:

December 3, 1857

Date of Death:

August 3, 1924

Place of Birth:

Berdiczew, Podolia, Russia

Place of Death:

Bishopsbourne, Kent, England


Tutored in Switzerland. Self-taught in classical literature. Attended maritime school in Marseilles, France

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Heart of Darkness 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 258 reviews.
125454984615984 More than 1 year ago
The Book Heart of Darkness was a very well thought out story. I would not have understood any of the book without someone to guide me through, but when someone guided me then it made sense to me. I would not recommend this book to anyone in high school or even college unless you have someone who has experience and can explain the book to you. There is a crew on a ship called the Nellie Waiting for the tide of the Thames River to push them out to sea. One of the crew members names is Marlow, and he is telling a story about his experience in Africa. The reason this book was confusing to me is beacuse there are two stories being told at the same time. This book changed the way I read books beacuse it makes you pay attention to every littkle detail in books and it takes you to another level.
mondrey_michelle More than 1 year ago
I thought that Heart of Darkness was an exceptional book that tells a story about the author’s trip to Africa. I was not sure if I was going to like it or not, until I was half way through the book, because Conrad does a lot of describing and it was a little hard to understand at first. The detail in the book is a key element because it paints a vivid picture for the reader. If reading this book I think that you should go paragraph by paragraph to analyze everything. This book has a touching ending that makes you really think about life. In the beginning of the book Conrad gives a unique perspective by making the narrator of the story the reader. As he wrote it he made a Russian doll effect, by making the reader tell the story to Marlow on a boat and of the story of Marlow’s trip to Africa. I didn’t like how Conrad jumped back between the atmosphere on the boat and what happened in the narration. I think it was hard in the beginning to tell which one was which. In order for Conrad to tell this chronicle in only seventy seven pages and pack a trip that took him a couple months, he had to make some fragment sentences. I think this was necessary but I didn’t like it. The beginning of the book was hard to get through because of the intense detail and futility. When it got closer to the end it was very intriguing and suspenseful. When I first started reading the book I predicted that the sea and the city London would have a big role in the upcoming events. Conrad describes it as a magnificent object that the crew looks up to. Conrad also describes London as a dark gloomy place and I thought that later in the story the “darkness” that they have left behind and the “heart” is the sea of the men’s travels. This was not exactly true but I think there are many “Heart’s of Darkness’” but the main one is the forest being the darkness and how it took over Kurtz’s heart. Overall this was a great story that everyone should read in there lifetime.
DaniM More than 1 year ago
My advanced high school English course read Heart of Darkness this school year. At first look, the book appeared to be dull and uninteresting. After learning about Joseph Conrad's life as a seaman, I couldn't expect any less than a book about a seaman's adventure. Needless to say I was wrong about my first assumption. Old as it may be, this enlightening story is far from tedious. As we began reading the book, we started with some background notes. We made predictions and all I could draw from the book at that point was that it would be about an adventure at sea. We also questioned why Conrad used a quote from Rumplestiltskin as an epigram at its beginning. I figured out after reading it that he put it there to set the moral of the story; a human life is worth more than all the riches in the world. The story is set with Marlow, the main character, on the boat. He is talking about his adventure to meet the incomparable Mr. Kurtz, to his other shipmates and us the readers. The things he saw and the people he met filled this lively journey in to the heart of darkness. That being said, my one prediction was definitely being met while reading this book. As Marlow, the main character's, story unraveled paragraph by paragraph I started to understand what mental torture he was going through. It's a story you have to read slowly to get every single clue. Every part of the puzzle is crucial to understand this particular work of literature. I must say that it made an impact on me. It sharpened my reading comprehension skills and made other books much simpler in comparison. I know for sure that I will remember it, as I get older. I would most certainly recommend this book to anyone looking for a complex book to challenge them, and the movie as a companion.
westermantyler1 More than 1 year ago
A great novel needs to take a toll on the reader. Works of darkness, oppression, and horror of this sort can easily become kitch and misuse the emotive pathos of wretched acts. This one stays plenty cohesive and focused. Conrad expertly reflects on the core of evil and plight. His expression of sin relentlessly strikes the reader with pain and embarrassment in one's species; in one's world. The quest for Kurtz parallels Conrad's descent into the heart of the matter as he gets closer to his ultimate revelation about the utter power of evil, or horror, of darkness. We find it is beyond humanity, it seethes from the maw of nature. If these themes seem relevant or intriguing to you, I recommend this powerful accomplishment of a novel.
Bigawilli More than 1 year ago
Heart of Darkness, written by Joseph Conrad, was originally published in 1899. This book is a mystery where the captain of a steamboat, Marlow, needs to find the rapidly deteriorating Kurtz who has delved deep into the center of the ivory trade. Marlow captains his steamboat up the Congo River in the late nineteenth century encountering new experiences as he goes along on his journey to find the Kurtz who at this time he idolizes. The story progresses quickly, as it is a novella, but because of this it can also be difficult to understand. Though it does progress quickly it does follow through without detours. In the novel the characters also change in their own ways. Marlow, who is also the narrator, changes his viewpoints and ideas of the world. Meanwhile Kurtz has been dwelling in the jungle and has changed everything to a complete opposite of what he was before. The jungle has almost reverted him to a more primitive human having a "heart of darkness" from the evil dealings in which he has partaken. The novella follows through these changes and helps a reader understand the plight of people turning to vices during this period when there is no structure. As the narrator is a captain, the novella is written in an English maritime style of writing using diction of the seas. The novel contains many nautical terms, which may confuse some readers but with patience they could be understood. This diction helps set the mood of being on a ship and helps the reader come close to living the story. I think most high school students would be able to read this book, although more reluctant readers will have a little more trouble wading through the diction and following the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story. However, this edition of the book on my nook is terrible. There are misspellings and improper punctuation that are not in the original paper edition(s). Definitely not for a student who needs to quote passages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book itself is a wonderful read, however, this paperback version is hard to read with its irregular print and there are also no page numbers on the book which makes it very hard to read in class, being the reason I bought this book. Because this is a print-on-demand book, I was not able to return it to a local store and online (said by the sales representative) which makes me very frustrated. Overall this book is cheap and because the story is good, I recommend people reading it though if there's another purpose for reading this book besides personal enjoyment, I would highly recommend buying another version of this novel.
Anonymous 11 months ago
How do ou work yourself up?
HugeHedon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Umm.. "Interesting". I found it almost incomprehensible.
Cecilturtle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was taken off-guard by this novel: how can such a short book be so dense? The intensity of the descriptions, the detail of the story, but at the same time of choppiness of the narrative - all these elements made it very hard for me to concentrate on the storyline, the themes and even the characters. While the criticism of imperialism and colonialism is clear, the novel left me perplexed more than it answered my questions, both as to Kurtz's destiny and to Marlow's silence about the events. A book I would have to reread with a clear intent of studying it rather than reading it for mere pleasure.
emmakendon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I decided to read this as preparation (along with Cary's Mister Johnson - next) for reading 'Things Fall Apart' by Chinua Achebe. It's been on the shelf for years and I thought I had read it before, as a child on a visit to Sri Lanka, but perhaps not.Although it's a short book, it took me an age to read, to begin with because I was relishing the language, the descriptions and Marlow's sardonic oratory style. After a while, perhaps I am tired, my mind kept drifting away from the text, snatched up by the few moments of action. I loved Kurtz' last words 'The horror!', which Marlow was unable to tell Kurtz' Intended (and how when he lied to her the world didn't stop turning). I was chilled by the treatment of the natives in their chain-gangs, as well as by the range of mad, greedy, salivating characters scattered along the journey (particularly the Russian and the chap in charge of bricks). The hungry cannibals' restraint was one of many mysteries, and the man looking after the state of the 'road' which seemed to mean shooting negros fo rno apparent reason (pp19-20) was one of many horrors. Probably my own ignorance of the apparent aim of Marlow's appointment spoilt, for me, the contrast of what he found, so I didn't get as much out of the book as I might. Perhaps the Cary and the Achebe will help.
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well, I hate to do it, but I'm taking the rating down to 4 out of 5 stars. I'm not sure why, but this time around, Joseph Conrad did not manage to induce the same level of fascination as he did the first couple of times I read this book. Maybe because the last time I read it was for a class, where we got to discuss it so much.It's the story of Marlow, the classic man of the sea, and his trip down the river Congo to find Kurtz, the company man said to have native. But instead of being drawn into the story, this time I felt like Conrad was deliberately keeping the reader at arms' length. Marlow is telling the story, and an unnamed male listener is telling the reader what Marlow says. Then Marlow tells the listener who tells us what Marlow says somebody else says. Still with me?Maybe the point of all those layers was to make the reader question the story a little more, to ask one's self how much you really know about someone else if all you know is what they say.Anyway, it was good to read it again, but not as great as I remembered. I'm not sure why, but it must be a change inside me, because I *LOVED* this book back in college.
Radaghast on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A novel about the destruction of a people and a land at the hands of colonial power. A novel about evil in its most human form. Heart of Darkness is not racist as some have ridiculously suggested. It is a novel that argues against the vile deeds wrought in Europe's colonies. It is a novel that argues the relative nature of morality. I don't necessarily agree with all of its conclusions, but it is brilliant.
raggedprince on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reading Conrad sentences is a bit like pulling teeth. But he really hits the spot sometimes.
mccin68 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Marlow is sent into the african congo to retrieve an unresponsive agent, Kurtz where the lines of civilization, wild human nature and quest for power blur.
bookwyrmm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I tried to read this when it was on my summer reading list in high school; I think I got to the third page before I gave up. This time, I toughed it out to the end. The story was not bad, but just dry. It actually felt more like an essay or memoir than a story. Conrad does play with some interesting concepts, and I guess that is why it is a classic.
lindsay7564 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Most certainly would not recommend this book. It had a good theme, interesting characters, but I found it borderling painful to read.
jayne_charles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really didn't get on with this. It would have been fascinating to 'see' Africa as it was before political subdivision, but it wasn't really that sort of book. Unless you were prepared to get with the symbolism there was no story. It was just too obscure for me. I do salute the author, however, for such skilful writing in a second (or even third?) language. Better than some writers achieve in their first.
crom74 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's been a while since I have read this particular book, so I thought I'd give it another go. Actually, I listened to it as read by Scott Brick. The only thing I remembered going into the story was Kurtz and the fact that Kurtz was movitized by Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now. I did not remember that the book was set in the African Belgian Congo or the fact that ivory played a large role. Also, I did not remember the character of Marlow - sad to say as he is the main character. Anyhow, I loved it. I remember loving it the time I actually read it as well. Conrad does a incredible job of enabling the reader to feel as if he/she is a part of what is going on. Fantastic wordage as well. I know there are other meanings to the book, but what I take away is that man (woman) is always only a hair away from madness. That is, we all have things that we would make that venture - into madness/darkness - to achieve. It was great listening to Brick read this tale. Ah, there is also a gratuitous use of the "N" word. It's not totally irrelevant as that was how things were back when the book was set. Anyway, just a warning for those who are bothered by such things.
SanctiSpiritus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The fiction, and the non-fiction. The prose are not for the unexperienced reader. Part of this great story explains of the ills of colonialism at the turn of the century. It posits probably, an accurate account of what one may have seen on the ground and "up country" at that time. Conrad certainly opens the pages of man's baseness, his sordidness. I eagerly anticipate reading his other works.
larsbar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is easily one of the best five books I've ever read. The constant use of metaphors, anthropomorphism, and the portrayal of evil personified by Kurtz are so magnetic that as I read it I feel, alongside Marlow, as if the foliage is closing in around me and I'm starting to go crazy. Also, I very highly recommend "Apocalypse Now Redux," the film adaptation, which is one of the best book-to-film adaptations, and thus one of the best films, ever. It brings a truly tactile portrait of the foreboding aspect of nature to the tropes of the Vietnam war film, making it a wickedly unconventional slice of the genre pie.
gmillar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If I hadn't seen "Apocalypse Now" I might have absorbed this book differently. For me, the "stream of thought" style of narration by Marlow was a little too bumpy to read. I can appreciate that it was modern and adventurous writing for its time and might even be considered as "literary" by some, but I have enjoyed other Conrad offerings better.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Amazingly, I'm reading this for the first time in my 40's. But I can't imagine I would have understood it very well when I was younger. Mr. Conrad makes ample use of Africa as a symbol of darkness but the real darkness doesn't lie in the external world. It has always lain in the depths of the human soul. It doesn't take living in a savage land to find oneself unmoored from goodness and right. Anytime external restraints are lifted is the time when man must grapple with his own soul and what he can do and what he will do. Mr. Conrad's capturing of that truth and all the horror of that truth is masterful.
Hamburgerclan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Heart of Darkness is a tale of a seaman, Marlow, who pilots a boat up the Congo River around the turn of the 20th Century. His mission is to make contact with an ivory trader named Kurtz on behalf of their mutual employer. Kurtz is a mysterious fellow who not only has a unique relationship with the nationals, but also has an uncanny ability to provide ivory for the company. As Marlow's journey progresses, he becomes more and more eager to meet Kurtz, all the while becoming more and more disgusted with his fellow expatriates. It's a dark and dreary tale, but so very well written. As a good Lutheran, I had to admire Mr. Conrad's ability to paint such a realistic of human sin. The pity is, he also seems to have no concept of or use for forgiveness and the ability of God to bring about good even amongst us petty, nasty humans. I'm tempted to hang onto this book for its craftsmanship, but I don't know if I'd ever care to delve into Mr. Conrad's world again.--J.
Dottiehaase on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read together with State of Wonder for book club. Heart of Darkness, set in the early 1900s, is narrated by Marlow, a sailor who journeys to Africa under the employment of the Company, a Belgian outfit conducting trade in the Congo. Marlow¿s journey is a journey into ¿the horror¿ of imperialism. Natives of the Congo are brutalized by Company agents and forced into Company service; the resplendent natural resources of the country are raped for profit. In the heart of the Congo, Marlow meets Kurtz, a reputed Company Chief who represents humanity¿s capacity for evil. They return to port and then onto Europe.Marlow listens to Kurtz talk while he pilots the ship, and Kurtz entrusts Marlow with a packet of personal documents, including an eloquent pamphlet on civilizing the savages which ends with a scrawled message that says, ¿Exterminate all the brutes!¿ The steamer breaks down, and they have to stop for repairs. Kurtz dies, uttering his last words¿¿The horror! The horror!¿¿in the presence of the confused Marlow. Marlow falls ill soon after and barely survives. Eventually he returns to Europe and goes to see Kurtz¿s Intended (his fiancée). She is still in mourning, even though it has been over a year since Kurtz¿s death, and she praises him as a paragon of virtue and achievement. She asks what his last words were, but Marlow cannot bring himself to shatter her illusions with the truth. Instead, he tells her that Kurtz¿s last word was her name..