10 June 2011
Book Review: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Modern Library's Top 100, The Heart of Darkness, for whatever its merits, was such a slog for me. Its 96 pages might as well have been 996. This is the kind of book that sours students on literature for a lifetime. I can't exactly put my finger on the reason why I found this book so difficult to get through. Whether it was sentence structure, or word choice, or transitions from scene to scene, I often found myself confused and needing to re-read whole paragraphs. It was as if Conrad wanted to convey the disorientation one feels in the heat of the jungle. If that was his intent, then well done.