Sure we all know Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, but have you ever read his novella titled The Secret Sharer? I first read it back in the first year of university, but to this day it sometimes finds its way into my thoughts. I can’t say it is as well written as his most famous work, but it is equally creepy and just as enthralling.
The story centers around a young sea-captain harboring a murderer who escaped from a different ship. There is not much more I can say without giving too much away, but I assure you, this is a good read. And for the lazy folk out there, it is pretty short read as well (the version I have is less than 60 pages).
The interesting thing about my connection to this text is that I did not actually remember that it was written by Conrad and I did not remember too much of the plot, but for some reason it totally parked itself in some part of my mind. There is an Interpol song, for example, called A Time to be so Small that would vaguely remind me of it without me being really sure why. So, approximately 7 years after I was first introduced to The Secret Sharer I wrote my first-year English Professor and asked if he could remember what text I was thinking of. (As I said, I could not even remember the author or a detailed enough description of what happens to so a simple Google search.) So after I received his response, and made a trip to my local library, I have improved on my sketchy memory of this story and I am sure this will be one I will revisit again in the future.
Next up, Heart of Darkness. I can’t pass up re-reading it, especially when it came printed in the same book as The Secret Sharer. And who knows, maybe I will keep the Conrad streak going and watch Apocalypse Now for the first time ever…yeah I am so behind I know.