In a town of some 2,000 people, most families are connected in some way and the impact of child abuse is widespread.
It's a faithful and respectable version of Conrad's great classic, but not one that's memorable or exciting.
Heart of Darkness (SparkNotes Literature Guide Series)
Literary critic Harold Bloom wrote that Heart of Darkness had been analysed more than any other work of literature that is studied in universities and colleges, which he attributed to Conrad's "unique propensity for ambiguity." However, it was not a big success during Conrad's life.   When it was published as a single volume in 1902 with two more novellas, "Youth" and "The End of the Tether", it received the least commentary from critics.  F. R. Leavis referred to Heart of Darkness as a "minor work" and criticised its "adjectival insistence upon inexpressible and incomprehensible mystery".  Conrad himself did not consider it to be particularly notable.  By the 1960s, though, it was a standard assignment in many college and high school English courses.