Heart of Darkness is a novel written by Joseph Conrad. It was first published in 1899. The storyline follows the protagonist Charles Marlow who is in fact also the narrator. He tells his life story and things that happened while his time in Congo.
I immensely dislike this book. I had such a hard time reading it and I a few times considered putting it down. I fell sorry I didn’t do it.
This book is indeed very short in pages, but the story itself is years long. It is very boring a repetitive. The descriptions are long and uninteresting, also, the narration is quite unpleasant.
Moving forward, there is one more thing I would like to address, which is the racism I found is a normal occurrence in this book. I understand it was “normal” in the time the book was written, however, it still made me uncomfortable. Also, I am not sure if the racism is only a characteristic of the novel or if the author Joseph Conrad is himself a racist. I guess it doesn’t matter, but I still wanted to address it.
In conclusion, I sincerely disliked this book and don’t really recommend it to anyone.