• Ayesha Dhurue

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Narrated in a swift and adventurous tone, the book has a firm and characteristic personality. The prose is intricately layered, experiential, and inspired. It does have all indispensable qualities that make it a good read. The pages begin by chronicling a fond memory of the protagonist up to the Congo River. And his meeting with a cryptic and esteemed man, Mr. Kurtz. Having said that, the Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is not my ideal page-turner. From the point of view of storytelling, the book is unique in its execution. The prose is well-positioned, graphic, and compelling. While I appreciate how the author takes on a descriptive voice, the reflections being portrayed are monotonous and distasteful. It gets harder and harder to honor the book’s reputation - being one of the classics. For the most part, the prose felt dragging, out of place, and surprisingly promiscuous.

The book sketches the meaning of gallantry, resoluteness of character, and generosity through the lens of selfish desires on behalf of the narrator – which was a significant let-down for me. And all the experiences that lead up to the book’s end – considered melancholic – I found colorless in terms of character development and magnetism.