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Heart of Darkness Summary
Joseph Conrad

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Heart of Darkness Summary

Plot Summary

Charlie Marlow is on a cruising yacht with some friends when they anchor to await the ebb tide that will take them out to sea. Marlow notes that in Roman times, London too was once seen as a dark place on the earth, and he begins to tell the story of his trip to the heart of Africa. Through connections, Marlow assumed the position of captain on a steamboat on the Congo river. He arrives in Africa, and when he treks 200 miles overland to the Central Station, he finds that his steamboat has had its bottom ripped out on a snag.

Marlow waits for months for rivets and then works for a long time fixing the boat itself. Finally, he gets under way and heads up river to find Kurtz, a superior agent who has been responsible for sending an enormous and unprecedented among of ivory out of...

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