Joseph Conrad’s classic novel tells the tale of Marlow, a sailor who travels up river into the dense Congolese rainforest on an expedition to retrieve a legendary ivory hunter, Mr. Kurtz, who has not been heard from in some time. The further into the jungle Marlow travels, and the further away from civilization, the more savage the world becomes. When they finally find Mr. Kurtz…well things get weird. They find evil. But they also bring evil.
Conrad supplies an interesting look at how humans view each other and ourselves and provides a beautifully written commentary on the forces that both fence in and reveal our depravity. This exploration into the meaning of and potential for savagery within all of us is filled with powerful symbolism and enigmatic prose (a lot of which went over my head, I must admit).