I’m always surprised by the lucidity of writing in the classics and Heart of Darkness is no exception. I want to say that Conrad hits on some universal truths and captures the human condition without sounding trite and repeating phrases that were utterly meaningless to me when I heard them used to describe the sorts of books I was reading in junior high. I suppose that if I could do that, I’d be writing classics of my own. You’ll just have to read it for yourself. At a little over 100 pages, it’s not even a risky investment. Having been unable to finish my previous two endeavors, Heart of Darkness was a breath of fresh air both in readability and in compactness.