Thursday, 23 May 2013

Context and Conrad

There's a lot made of Conrad's work and it lingers largely around the book's title. It's a book that's well over 100 years old and to understand it, and it's brilliance you need to view it in the context of which it belongs. Ask yourself. In a western when the "Injins" are circling the wagons do you wonder why they haven't tweeted for help? No? Then why should context be any different here. It's very much a story of the whole, the idea of the unit rather than the individual and it's that idea in a culture of selfish individualism that is incredibly interesting. An excellent book about morale, work and the dangerous contagiousness of apathy and laziness.