I agree with Rant is was quite horrid.. and I heard that Snuff was utterly detestable, so Im just not going to waste time with it...
But you should surely try reading 'Choke' and 'Survivor' if you have not yet, they are very much worth your reading efforts...
Snuff is complete garbage, definitely don't waste your time with it. I was very disappointed because when I heard he was writing a book about porn, I thought it seemed like the perfect subject matter for him to write about. I didn't mind Rant, although compared to his earlier work, it's not that great.
Currently reading Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer.
"This is the history of a failure." With these words, Guevara, the Cuban revolutionary and leftist icon killed in Bolivia in 1967, launches into a brutally honest account of Cuba's disastrous 1965 intervention in Congo. Guevara traveled to Congo to foment a Communist revolution in a country that then as now was in a state of anarchy. But as he readily admits, he was unable to mobilize his Cuban forces and Congolese allies into a cohesive force. Much of the blame he lays at the feet of the Congolese, "the poorest example of a fighter that I have ever come across to now." But Guevara's ruminations about the frustrations of his insurgency are only part of these "war diaries." Guevara's correspondence with Congolese guerrilla leaders is also included, as are his often negative comments on these leaders. Throughout, Guevara, who was trained as a doctor, displays the analytical mind that made him famous. For example, in hindsight, his prediction that Laurent Kabila was the only guerrilla leader with the potential to rise to the top looks prescient, since Kabila ruled the Congo for a time in the 1990s. Readers looking for an introduction to Che will want to consult the recent comprehensive biography by journalist Jon Lee Anderson but no matter their ideology, readers will find that these writings further their understanding of one of the late 20th century's most intriguing historical figures.
This is my second read because I wanted to watch Apocalypse Now (which I still haven't even after reading it again for some reason).
Did I like it? Very much. This isn't my favorite, I liked "The Secret Agent" and "Under Western Eyes" better, but no one tells an exotic story like Conrad, the descriptions of the jungle in this book are brilliant. I think it might be the most cognitively challenging of all his stories because of the style of prose and also some of issues he raises (european disillusionment being the most interesting for me). The book is very unsettling though because it touches on every dark theme imaginable (madness, disillusionment, corruption, immorality...all that are very clear). Plot-wise it is very suspenseful, which is odd considering how slow it moves for such a condense story. Still, any time I write or talk about this book I always approach it with a level of uncertainty because he never really dictates his opinions over the book and a lot of it is very insinuatory.