October 16, 2015

100 Words -- Youth

“Apocalypse Now” was based on Joseph Conrad’s novella, “The Heart of Darkness.” For many years, that’s how I thought about Vietnam, as a darkness that seeped into my heart. Now I see it more through the lens of my youthful eagerness for a great adventure, for “the endeavor, the test, the trial of life” to quote from another of Conrad’s stories, “Youth.” I don’t kid myself about Vietnam, but I do keep flickering the memory of that innocent eagerness to confront fate. “O youth! The strength of it, the faith of it, the imagination of it … Pass the bottle.” 

… and I remember my youth and the feeling
that will never come back any more …
Joseph Conrad, Youth: a narrative

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