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  • HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad – FULL AudioBook | Greatest Audio Books – Heart of Darkness is a novella written by Joseph Conrad. Before its 1903 publication, it appeared as a three-part series (1899) in Blackwood’s Magazine. It was classified by the Modern Library website editors as one of the “100 best novels” and part of the Western canon. The story centres on Charles Marlow, who narrates most of the book. He is an Englishman who takes a foreign assignment from a Belgian trading company as a river-boat captain in Africa. Heart of Darkness exposes the dark side of European colonization while exploring the three levels of darkness that the protagonist, Marlow, encounters: the darkness of the Congo wilderness, the darkness of the Europeans’ cruel treatment of the African 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. In the story, 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. (Summary adapted from from Wikipedia.org)

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    Chapter listing and length:

    01 – Chapter 1 – Part 1 — 00:52:17

    02 – Chapter 1 – Part 2 — 00:48:58

    03 – Chapter 2 – Part 1 — 00:47:14

    04 – Chapter 2 – Part 2 — 00:40:28

    05 – Chapter 3 – Part 1 — 00:46:55

    06 – Chapter 3 – Part 2 — 00:42:53

    HEART OF DARKNESS
    By Joseph Conrad

    I

    The Nellie, a cruising yawl, swung to her anchor without a flutter of
    the sails, and was at rest. The flood had made, the wind was nearly
    calm, and being bound down the river, the only thing for it was to come
    to and wait for the turn of the tide.

    The sea-reach of the Thames stretched before us like the beginning of
    an interminable waterway. In the offing the sea and the sky were welded
    together without a joint, and in the luminous space the tanned sails
    of the barges drifting up with the tide seemed to stand still in red
    clusters of canvas sharply peaked, with gleams of varnished sprits. A
    haze rested on the low shores that ran out to sea in vanishing flatness.
    The air was dark above Gravesend, and farther back still seemed
    condensed into a mournful gloom, brooding motionless over the biggest,
    and the greatest, town on earth.

    The Director of Companies was our captain and our host. We four
    affectionately watched his back as he stood in the bows looking to
    seaward. On the whole river there was nothing that looked half so
    nautical. He resembled a pilot, which to a seaman is trustworthiness
    personified. It was difficult to realize his work was not out there in
    the luminous estuary, but behind him, within the brooding gloom.

    …CONTINUED…

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