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See Featured Authors Answering Questions. Questions About Inima intunericului by Joseph Conrad. To ask other readers questions about Inima intunericului , please sign up. Answered Questions How many pages is this book? Chelsey Cosh Not many and yet far too many. Abhishek Mishra I'm afraid not. This isn't your usual page-turner. The book is layered, even allegorical in most verses. The experience of the first half of the book …more I'm afraid not.
The experience of the first half of the book was rather draining, and the second half moved faster. I recommend not to read this as a story, but as an essay. It might change how you understand it. Do you enjoy the poetic prose of Conrad's brilliant mind as much as I do? I become lost In his language. Donna Davis The poetic prose is the only reason I was able to finish.
I should have marked some of my favorite passages to refer to in my own writing. W That's a very interesting observation, because in the introduction of the edition I have Penguin, , there is a compelling summary of readings of …more That's a very interesting observation, because in the introduction of the edition I have Penguin, , there is a compelling summary of readings of the book according to the gender divide.
Such interpretations say that it is a text about women being shut out of male society - about men excluding women from their storytelling and their true experience of the world. In the opening pages Marlow says something about women being divorced from reality, living in lush, romantic fantasies. And after all, his aunt is a typical deluded woman for not seeing the truth about the Congo, while in the end he can't bring himself to tell the truth to the Intended.
In between the two he witnesses the powerful, mysterious, gorgeous African woman at the centre of Kurtz's congregation. The question is: is it this depiction of women in the novel which consciously or unconsciously bothers female readers, or is there something inherently masculine in the style of the text itself, which excludes and bores them? I imagined the Congo being nearly all rain forest, but Marlow's employers are mostly interested in ivory. I didn't think elephants lived in the rain forest, so how did they get the ivory?
Denise McGuire One of the two species of African elephants is a forest dweller and lives in the rainforests of West Africa and the Congo.
Load 5 more questions. Unanswered Questions I am on chapter 2, and can't help be reminded of Melville's writing for some reason. My opinion? It's the greatest short novel or long short story ever written. Joseph Conrad among the all-time great novelist. Ask and answer questions about books! Welcome back. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.