This is one of those books I feel I am supposed to like. It is on a very serious and worthy subject and is a well thought of classic – but I just found reading it a chore. It’s one of those books where I could read a page of text and just not feel like I was taking any of it in. I found it dull and hard to follow, I didn’t really understand the characters or what was going on most of the time (perhaps I am very stupid!)
The book is basically about the brutal nature of imperialism in 1890s Africa. The main character is Marlow who is travelling through Africa while employed in the ivory trade up the Congo river hoping to meet a famous/infamous Ivory trader called Mr Kurtz. Along the way he witnesses how corruptly the imperialists are behaving. At one point the boat he is on gets attacked by some native Africans…but that’s about all I can tell you as to the plot as my mind kept wandering and I struggled to take anything in. It kind of ended and left me thinking “well what was all that about?”
Basically I just didn’t get it.