HEART OF DARKNESS
by Joseph Conrad
My daughter’s name is Marlo. Although I didn’t name her after the narrator of Heart of Darkness, Charles Marlow, I sometimes wonder if my choice was influenced by the lingering, haunting, life-changing impression the story had on me. This is a book that played a key role in my political awakening. It opened my eyes to the world.
A haunting and hugely influential masterpiece, Heart of Darkness is the quintessentially modernist work that explores the limits of human experience and the nightmarish realities of imperialism.
Conrad’s narrator, Marlow, a seaman and wanderer, recounts his physical and psychological journey in search of the infamous ivory trader Kurtz: dying, insane, and guilty of unspeakable atrocities. Marlow gradually becomes obsessed by this enigmatic, wraith-like figure, and in the process questions the very values of western civilisation.
Speaker, writer, and ostensibly the most popular mother in the world, Heather B. Armstrong annotates this edition of Joseph Conrad’s dark masterpiece. Years after she read it for the first time, then a close-minded, religious English major in university, Armstrong finally repays her debt and gratitude to the book that transformed her like no other. Her conversation with the author and his fictional characters, recorded in the margins of this special edition, pays homage to the book that turned her into a critically-thinking atheist who questioned every conservative principle of her upbringing, a pioneer in the world of online writing, and a person ready to acknowledge the privilege she’d inherited.
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HEATHER ARMSTRONG is a New York Times bestselling author and brand consultant, not to mention a Trivial Pursuit answer and a question on Jeopardy. Widely acknowledged as the most popular “mommy blogger” in the world, her personal website has several times over been hailed as one of Time Magazine’s “Most Essential Blogs” and Forbes Magazine’s “Top 100 Websites for Women.” With more than 1.5 million Twitter followers, she’s been named by Forbes as one of the 30 most influential women in media.
Twice invited to the White House to consult in an official Forum on Workplace Flexibility, she is a highly sought speaker on topics that span social media, philanthropy, activism, and the ever-elusive work/life balance. When she isn’t working with brands, writing on her website, or speaking to audiences at various events around the world, she’s probably spending time with her two daughters and her dog, all of whom appear as characters in her stories.