Although Heart of Darkness was one of the first literary texts to provide a critical view of European imperial activities, it was initially read by critics as anything but controversial. While the book was generally admired, it was typically seen either as a condemnation of a certain type of adventurer who could easily take advantage of imperialism’s opportunities, or else as a sentimental novel reinforcing domestic values: Kurtz’s Intended, who appears at the novella’s conclusion, was roundly praised by turn-of-the-century reviewers for her maturity and sentimental appeal. A classic.
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Difficult to hear
Alan Munro often seemed to mumble and there was an ironic tone to his voice that didn't fit with the text.
I see there's a Kenneth Brannagh version. I wish I'd listened to that instead.
There's no problem with the book which is a classic.
- J M Curtis