Last Updated on July 29, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 219
First published in 1902, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness was the model for Francis Ford Coppola’s movie Apocalypse Now. In Heart of Darkness, an ivory company assigns Marlow the task of finding a stranded riverboat in the Belgian Congo and bringing back the company’s top representative, whose behavior is becoming erratic. Marlow witnesses horrors and brutalities he could never have imagined.
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Foden’s second novel is Ladysmith (2000). It tells the story of the South African town of Ladysmith, its residents, and how they survive a four-month siege by Boer forces. The novel is based partly on the letters of Foden’s greatgrandfather, a British soldier in South Africa at the end of the nineteenth century.
Critics have compared The Last King of Scotland to the writings of British author Graham Greene. In 1961, Greene published A Burnt-Out Case, the tale of a spiritually dead man who reconnects with himself by living at a leper colony in the Belgian Congo.
Foden’s writing style has also been compared to that of Evelyn Waugh, an author known for his satirical wit. In his 1938 novel Scoop, Waugh tells the humorous story of journalist William Boot’s trip to a fictional African country to cover a nonexistent revolution. Boot has no experience as a war correspondent but manages to get a story.