'Heart of Darkness, a novel by Joseph Conrad, was originally a three-part series in Blackwood's Magazine in 1899. It is a story within a story, following a character named Charlie Marlow, who recounts his adventure to a group of men onboard an anchored ship. The story told is of his early life as a ferry boat captain. Although his job was to transport ivory downriver, Charlie develops an interest in investing an ivory procurement agent, Kurtz, who is employed by the government. Preceded by his reputation as a brilliant emissary of progress, Kurtz has now established himself as a god among the natives in “one of the darkest places on earth.” Marlow suspects something else of Kurtz: he has gone mad.'

This book was crazy.

I will be honest, I don't think I would ever had read this book if it hadn't been on my require reading list for University. That being said, I am very glad that I read it.

There is a reason this book is a classic.

The story was strange and at times quite uncomfortable to read. With some really disturbing language and scenes, that I found really jarring as a modern reader.

I found myself completely absorbed in this story from the first page. It was a compelling read from start to finish. As uncomfortable as I was at times throughout this book, I was so engrossed in the story I never once considered putting it down.

While I can easily see why this book is a classic, I can also see it being a book that will incite mixed feeling from modern readers. Regardless of how uncomfortable or confronting this book may be, I truly believe that everyone who reads it will be able to take something away from it.

Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is a book that everyone should read once in their lifetime.

Published by Geramie Kate Barker