Franklin Library: Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness
Franklin Library: Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness and Other Tales
Franklin Library FULL leather top-of-the-line edition of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Other Tales, a Limited edition, Illustrated by Joseph A. Smith, one of the COLLECTED STORIES OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST WRITERS series, published in 1982. Bound in an Most Handsome navy blue Moroccan cowhide, the book has ivory French moire silk endleaves, satin bookmarker, 22 gold gilding on three edges, hubbed spines--in near FINE condition. Conrad, who lived from 1864-1924, was born to POLISH parents in the RUSSIAN dominated Ukraine. Heart of Darkness was published in 1902 and is the story tells of Charles Marlow, an Englishman who took a foreign assignment from a Belgian trading company as a ferry-boat captain in Africa. Heart of Darkness exposes the myth behind colonization while exploring the three levels of darkness that the protagonist, Marlow, encounters--the darkness of the Congo wilderness, the darkness of the European's cruel treatment of the natives, and the unfathomable darkness within every human being for committing heinous acts of evil. Although Conrad does not give the name of the river, at the time of writing the Congo Free State, the location of the large and important Congo River, was a private colony of Belgium's King Leopold II. Marlow is employed to transport ivory downriver. However, his more pressing assignment is to return Kurtz, another ivory trader, to civilization, in a cover-up. Kurtz has a reputation throughout the region. The reader follows Marlow as he recounts from dusk through to late night, to a group of men aboard a ship anchored in the Thames Estuary his Congolese adventure. The passage of time and the darkening sky during the fictitious narrative-within-the-narrative parallel the atmosphere of the story. The Lagoon was first published in Cornhill Magazine in 1897 . The story is about a man that is referred to as 'Tuan' which is the equivalent of 'Lord' or 'Sir', a white man travelling through an Indonesian rainforest, who is forced to stop for the night with a distant Malay friend named Arsat. Upon arriving, he finds Arsat distraught, for his lover is dying. Arsat tells the distant and rather silent white man a story of his past. The story that Arsat tells "tuan" is one of sadness and betrayal. Arsat tells of the time when he and his brother kidnapped Diamelen (his lover, who was previously a servant of the Rajah's wife). They all fled in a boat at night, and travelled until they were exhausted. They stopped on a bit of land jutting out into the water to rest. Soon however, they spotted a large boat of the Rajah's men coming to find them. Arsat's brother tells Diamelen and Arsat to flee to the other side where there is a fisherman's hut. He instructs them to take the fisherman's boat. The brother stays back, telling them to wait for him, while he takes care of the canoe of the pursuers. However, Arsat did everything except wait for his brother. As he pushed the boat from shore, he saw his brother running down the path, being chased by their pursuers. Arsat's brother trips and the enemy is upon him. His brother calls out to him three times, but Arsat never looked back. He betrayed his brother for a woman that he loved. Towards the end of the story, symbolically, the sun rises, and Diamelen dies. Arsat has nothing now; he doesn't have a brother or a wife. He has lost everything. He plans to return to his home village to avenge his brother's death, and die in the process. The story concludes with 'Tuan' simply leaving, and Arsat staring dejectedly into the sun and a 'world of illusion'. The story is full of symbols and contrasts - such as the use of dark/light, black/white, sunrise/sunset, water/fire, and possibly the most important, movement/still. The Secret Sharer takes place at sea, near the Gulf of Siam, and is told from the perspective of a young nameless Captain. The captain is unfamiliar with both his ship and his crew, having only joined their company a fortnight earlier. The Captain is furthermore unsure of him...
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