Yeah could be... don't read much sci-fi but every now and again I dive into one of these epic kinda things, well looking now it's only 500 pages or so but it feels sort of epic even so.
Glad you liked it - I re-read it last year and it still totally shocked me.I read 'Exterminate all the brutes' off jenks's list. I didn't really get the point of it being a travelogue until the end when he sort of underlined the point about Africans living in poverty to this day while the plundering West lives in luxury – but all the historical research he did around colonial exterminations of natives and how that was justified by the prevailing scientific theories around extinction was really fascinating. Are there any books around this subject that people would recommend? I've always been shamefully dimly aware of Britain's colonial legacy in the past but I've never really looked into it. It only really occurred to me (bizarre, embarrassing to say) reading this book how outrageous (to understate) it was to travel to countries and just take them because we had the better weapons.
But Nabokov is much kinda neater and preciser while Conrad is more expansive. Nostromo is quite dense. I did like The Secret Agent, that feels more English, I guess cos it's set in England.I've seen Conrad's English compared to Nabokov's as they are both non-native speakers who nevertheless mastered the language, but always in an artificial, alien, perhaps show-off fashion, which personally I enjoy - a bit like someone who said Beckett's French is a schoolmaster's French, not a French person's.