Heart of Darkness and the Secret Sharer (Signet Classics (Pb))

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HEART OF DARKNESS In 1889, Joseph Conrad journeyed to Colonial Africa to assume command of a Congo River steamboat. There he discovered the dark nature of European exploitation of the peoples and natural resources of a continent, as well as the darkness and dangers of nature itself. HEART OF DARKNESS is a dramatization of Conrad’s experiences and discoveries. Narrated in the vocabulary of Conrad’s storyteller Marlow, the author expresses the horrors of a system he has grown to despise. Just as forcefully, he reveals the darkness that participation in such a system can visit upon the human soul. THE SECRET SHARER Joseph Conrad, once a captain in the same seas where this story is set, chooses his fictional captain to narrate his story. At anchor near a group of small islands, the new captain of the Sephora is surprised by a swimmer close by. He takes him aboard and discovers that he, Leggat by name, is fleeing punishment on another ship for a "murder." The captain hears his story and takes him aboard. But is his story true. Should he be concealed from the crew, who surely know the unproven captain's legal responsibilities? Can the young captain's future, not to mention the safety of the crew, be put at risk on the strength of a desperate man's tale?

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When the self-satisfied members of a midwestern church are challenged by a tramp to live up to their declaration of faith, they pledge to live for one year asking themselves in every situation, "What would Jesus do?"

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Heart Of Darkness. The story of the civilized, enlightened Mr. Kurtz who embarks on a harrowing "night journey" into the savage heart of Africa, only to find his dark and evil soul. The Secret Sharer. The saga of a young, inexperienced skipper forced to decide the fate of a fugitive sailor who killed a man in self-defense. As he faces his first moral test the skipper discovers a terrifying truth -- and comes face to face with the secret itself. Heart Of Darkness and The Secret Sharer draw on actual events and people that Conrad met or heard about during his many far-flung travels. In portraying men whose incredible journeys on land and at sea are also symbolic voyages into their own mysterious depths, these two masterful works give credence to Conrad's acclaim as a major psychological writer.

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