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The Metamorphosis Paperback – September 12, 2009
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About the Author
Franz Kafka was born to Jewish parents in Bohemia in 1883. Kafka s father was a luxury goods retailer who worked long hours and as a result never became close with his son. Kafka s relationship with his father greatly influenced his later writing and directly informed his Brief an den Vater (Letter to His Father). Kafka had a thorough education and was fluent in both German and Czech. As a young man, he was hired to work at an insurance company where he was quickly promoted despite his desire to devote his time to writing rather than insurance. Over the course of his life, Kafka wrote a great number of stories, letters, and essays, but burned the majority of his work before his death and requested that his friend Max Brod burn the rest. Brod, however, did not fulfill this request and published many of the works in the years following Kafka s death of tuberculosis in 1924. Thus, most of Kafka s works were published posthumously, and he did not live to see them recognized as some of the most important examples of literature of the twentieth century. Kafka s works are considered among the most significant pieces of existentialist writing, and he is remembered for his poignant depictions of internal conflicts with alienation and oppression. Some of Kafka s most famous works include The Metamorphosis, The Trial and The Castle. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The story is written from an outside narrator's point of view about Gregor Samsa, the main character, and his sudden change - a metamorphosis - into some insect. It starts out in a sort of comic way; however, do not be fooled by seemingly comical scenes because the entire story actually has a dark, depressing tone.
Franz Kafka never directly says what specific "vermin" Gregor may have transformed into; but he left his readers descriptive passages that help convey Gregor's new, repulsive image. The most common insects that Gregor is believed to be is either a cockroach or a beetle because they are both mentioned in the book and can match Kafka's descriptions of Gregor. What bug Gregor may be is unknown but can probably be determined through research or asking bug experts. However, I am not a big bug fan so I will be doing no such thing.
In the end a reader might say that the way the Samsa family functions is sad and ironic because they're hardly a family at all. After all that Gregor has done for his family before his transformation, his family, instead of truly caring for him through comfort and acceptance, confines him in his room like he's a carnivorous monster.
I recommend The Metamorphosis to any and all readers because it has a unique point of view that should always be considered when thinking of how any person's actions can affect others; it is one of Kafka's classics; and it's a short story with easy reading.
By describing in minute detail the difficulties Gregor the cockroach has in getting out of bed, moving around the room, communicating with his family and eating Kafka enables the reader to feel and understand his condition.
The family and his employer come across as users discarding Gregor when he had previously devoted his life to them. With his mind still in tact as a human Gregor tries hard to express his love and sympathy for his sister. All in no avail.
I have read this book many times over the years and still find it haunting experience proving once again that reading can provide new experiences that perhaps only extreme sports can match.
Not sure why, but, despite not having been all that engrossing when I read it, the story lingers in my mind--probably has to do with the piercing insights into the thoughts and emotions of the characters. Certainly the greatest dung beetle story ever written and the best excuse ever for calling in sick.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this book was for my daughters school reading ... she said it was very interesting but had to read it twice to get a good understandingPublished 22 days ago by LaTondra S.
The Metamorphosis is a classic. The plot is well-known, but the actual text is fascinating, tracking the slow descent into madness of a man who's having... a very bad day.Published 1 month ago by Michael Liang
Classic. The Metamorphosis introduced me to a whole new world of literature that I didn't know existed. Must-read for anyone who is getting bored with their books.Published 4 months ago by Michelle
Very interesting story that resonates with my working conditions.Published 5 months ago by Expert Shopper