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In these literary triumphs, renowned author Joseph Conrad has written two of the most chilling, disturbing, and noteworthy novels of the 20th century. While "Heart of Darkness" makes a devastating comment on humankind's corruptibility and moral depravity, "The Secret Sharer" boldly explores the dark shadows of the unconscious mind. These are stories that encapsulate Conrad In these literary triumphs, renowned author Joseph Conrad has written two of the most chilling, disturbing, and noteworthy novels of the 20th century. While "Heart of Darkness" makes a devastating comment on humankind's corruptibility and moral depravity, "The Secret Sharer" boldly explores the dark shadows of the unconscious mind. These are stories that encapsulate Conrad's literary achievements, as well as hauntingly portray the dark side of man.


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In these literary triumphs, renowned author Joseph Conrad has written two of the most chilling, disturbing, and noteworthy novels of the 20th century. While "Heart of Darkness" makes a devastating comment on humankind's corruptibility and moral depravity, "The Secret Sharer" boldly explores the dark shadows of the unconscious mind. These are stories that encapsulate Conrad In these literary triumphs, renowned author Joseph Conrad has written two of the most chilling, disturbing, and noteworthy novels of the 20th century. While "Heart of Darkness" makes a devastating comment on humankind's corruptibility and moral depravity, "The Secret Sharer" boldly explores the dark shadows of the unconscious mind. These are stories that encapsulate Conrad's literary achievements, as well as hauntingly portray the dark side of man.

40 review for Heart of Darkness and the Secret Agent: New York Public Library Collector's Edition (New York Public Library Collector's Editions)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    The latest of my attempts to fill in the yawning chasm in my knowledge of the classics. I was a little apprehensive picking up Conrad, having bad memories of a Conrad short story - The Secret Sharer - that I'd had to study for literature class in Secondary 3. Unfortunately, the first novel of the collection, Heart of Darkness, did little to allay my misgivings. The only factor in its favour was that it was only 102 pages. Heart of Darkness was the lengthier equivalent of The Secret Sharer - pain The latest of my attempts to fill in the yawning chasm in my knowledge of the classics. I was a little apprehensive picking up Conrad, having bad memories of a Conrad short story - The Secret Sharer - that I'd had to study for literature class in Secondary 3. Unfortunately, the first novel of the collection, Heart of Darkness, did little to allay my misgivings. The only factor in its favour was that it was only 102 pages. Heart of Darkness was the lengthier equivalent of The Secret Sharer - painfully slow, brooding, portentous. There are some classics which are eminently readable and lovable. Then there are others that are anointed classics because there is much scope for complex textual analysis. Every line is brimming with metaphorical significance, is rife with symbolism. I reckon the Secret Sharer belongs to this latter category. In this novel, the narrator Marlow recounts to an audience his travels into the "heart of darkness", into the heart of the Congo, to retrieve Mr Kurtz, a trading ivory agent of the Company, who is ill and has disappeared into the bush. One star for this one. Thankfully, The Secret Agent proved to be a much better read, both plotwise and characterwise. Here, we learn the fate of Mr Adolf Verloc, an indolent shopowner and card carrying anarchist who leads a double life as an informant for one of the European embassies. One day, he is threatened with the termination of his employment (and comfortable salary), unless he demonstrates his worth by inciting the anarchists (and hence the British police) to action. Interesting character studies in the Assistant Commissioner and especially Winnie Verloc.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    Conrad is not my cup of tea. This is the second book on his I have read. To sum it up - I just don't get him. Conrad is not my cup of tea. This is the second book on his I have read. To sum it up - I just don't get him.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Epiphaneia

  4. 4 out of 5

    David Jessup

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    Patrícia César

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    Clay Davis

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    Kacie Faith

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    Lisa Tipescu

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    Jon

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    MissingNorth

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    Robert Stevenson

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    Gregor Mcgee

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    Nathan Subler

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    Shane James Bordas

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    Victor Claar

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    Laura (ME)

  38. 5 out of 5

    Man Solo

  39. 4 out of 5

    Candy

  40. 5 out of 5

    Miyin S. Karl

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