ABOUT THE BOOK
A novel about a man who finds himself transformed into a huge insect, and the effects of this change upon his life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Franz Kafka (1883-1924) was born of Jewish parents in Prague. Several of his story collections were published in his lifetime and his novels, The Trial, The Castle, and Amerika, were published posthumously by his editor Max Brod.
REVIEWS BY OTHERS
“One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke up from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin.” With this startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first sentence, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. It is the story of a young man who, transformed overnight into a giant beetle like insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, a quintessentially alienated man. A harrowing — though absurdly comic — meditation on human feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and isolation, The Metamorphosis has taken its place as one of the most widely read and influential works of twentieth-century fiction. As W.H. Auden wrote, “Kafka is important to us because his predicament is the predicament of modern man.”
MY OWN THOUGHTS
It’s hard to admit I had never read it before. I really enjoyed it, though it is rather gloomy and depressing. But the descriptions of what’s happening and the inner reactions of the main character and his relatives are well done. I actually would have liked the book to be longer. I would like an alternate ending, you know like sometimes you have alternate endings of movies, like say for instance, he decides to crawl outside the window, and all kinds of adventures unfold. But this is not what Kafka wrote…
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