hello /oat/. this is a book club, and the first book we're reading is Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. we're about a week in already, having been getting this organized so far in /chat/, but it seems like a good idea to come over here and make a thread for it because /chat/ is gay.
the current goal is to finish the novella by the end of March as a kickoff to it all, which is a pretty light goal, with Heart of Darkness being not particularly long. next month will be a different book, then the month after another book, and so on. along the way i will post threads like this with some questions i've thought up to hopefully draw up some discussion. as of posting this i'm about halfway through the book myself, so i'll probably update the thread with more questions like this when i've finished it. anybody else can also feel free to do the same thing, of course.
also: remember that the questions here aren't mandatory or anything. if you have thoughts about the book, any thoughts at all, just post them, regardless of it's something i've asked about. these are just intended to be conversation starters, more or less, nothing more.
let's get into it then.
1. what do you think of conrad's prose? bear in mind that this book is more than a century old, written by a man who learned english as his third language in his adulthood.
2. it's hard to escape the question of whether or not conrad was a racist when trying to do any sort of research about him or his work. most of which stems from this:http://kirbyk.net/hod/image.of.africa.html
>The point of my observations should be quite clear by now, namely that Joseph Conrad was a thoroughgoing racist. That this simple truth is glossed over in criticisms of his work is due to the fact that white racism against Africa is such a normal way of thinking that its manifestations go completely unremarked. Students of Heart of Darkness will often tell you that Conrad is concerned not so much with Africa as with the deterioration of one European mind caused by solitude and sickness. They will point out to you that Conrad is, if anything, less charitable to the Europeans in the story than he is to the natives, that the point of the story is to ridicule Europe's civilizing mission in Africa. A Conrad student informed me in Scotla