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One of three unfinished novels left after Kafka's death, The Castle is in many ways the writer's most enduring and influential work. In Harman's muscular translation, Kafka's text seems more modern than ever, the words tumbling over one another, the sentences separated only by commas. Harman's version also ends the same way as Kafka's original manuscript--that is, in mid-sentence: "She held out her trembling hand to K. and had him sit down beside her, she spoke with great difficulty, it was difficult to understand her, but what she said--." For anyone used to reading Kafka in his artificially complete form, the effect is extraordinary; it is as if Kafka himself had just stepped from the room, leaving behind him a work whose resolution is the more haunting for being forever out of reach. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
To me, this is the quintessential Kafka book. This book has it all: subtle touches of surreal realism, Kafka's hallmark bureaucratic ramblings, bizarre situational comedy, and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by A.N.S.
Now that I have read Metamorphosis and The Castle, I feel that I have been Kafka-ized. I now understand what is meant by Kafkaesque. Read morePublished 2 months ago by anonymous2
Good book. Really well written. Not actually done with it. But the editing is terrible.
Skips paragraphs when an ending word is hyphenated between pages... Bad digital copy
For me, this book is an absolute treasure. To anyone who has studied Sartre's later philosophy in the 'Critique of Dialectical Reason' and pondered the 'series' and the 'fused... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Robert Hann
I'm not especially interested in guesswork at what the castle represents. Instead, it is the dreamy, endless, circular prose that captivated my imagination from the first few... Read morePublished 6 months ago by P. Walker
This is a review of the Naxos audiobook. The narrator does an excellent job of conveying the story and, from what I've seen of the written version, it's a lot easier to get through... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Art Lover