These two famous stories by Joseph Conrad are both told by the same narrator - Marlow. As the main character in
Youth, Marlow tells the story of his first voyage to the East as second mate on board the
Judea. In the story, the 20-year-old Marlow is contrasted with the 60-year-old skipper and the grandfatherly third mate. Marlow states: "I felt like a small boy between two grandfathers."
Heart of Darkness features Marlow 22 years later and deals with maturity and old age.This highly symbolic story follows Marlow as he recounts his adventure into the Congo to a group of men aboard a ship anchored in the Thames Estuary. Marlow was employed to transport ivory downriver, but his more pressing assignment was to return another trader, Kurtz, to civilization in a cover up. Kurtz had an unsavory reputation throughout the region. The last sentences in the story, including Kurtz words ,"The Horror, The Horror," are among the most famous in English literature.
Polish-born English writer Joseph Conrad has influenced writers from Ernest Hemingway to V. S. Naipaul with his worldly perspective and insight into the human condition. This audiobook brings listeners two of his greatest stories, Youth and Heart of Darkness.
Both pieces draw upon Conrad’s experience as a sailor. The first story, Youth, is about a young seaman’s misadventures, including a violent storm and an onboard fire, aboard a ship called Judea. The second story, the classic Heart of Darkness, tells the tales of one man’s search down the Congo River for the mysterious ivory trader named Mr. Kurtz.
With a slight New York accent, Jim Roberts delivers a ringing, smooth reading of these classic works.
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