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The Metamorphosis Paperback – September 12, 2009
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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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This book- and Kafka's whole catalog- are highly recommended.
The ending seemed a bit abrupt. It was too quick for my tastes.
The glimpses of chatacters were nice, but I think I would have liked a little more depth.
It was an interesting and short little story.
This book also include a short description of the book and biography of the author (from Wikipedia).
I'm really glad I finally did.
Pragmatically: it's a very short book, a very accessible story, with very clear prose.
Personally: I found this story to be both moving and uncomfortable in equal parts. It made me excited about shorter stories again, and I would be interested in reading more surrealism and/or Kafka due to the completely left-field premise of Metamorphosis.
Don't give this to your children to read -- it could induce quite severe nightmares! Do read this, even if you're an arachnophobe -- it's a completely alternative perspective of life as a creepy crawly (and there are no actual spiders in the story).
A wonderful metaphor about identity and family politics. A fantastic read.
You might have heard it’s a story of a salesman waking up one morning as a monstrous vermin. But it’s much more than that. It has dark humor to it. It’s a story of turning mute, being unable to communicate with the world, your own family first and foremost, it’s a grotesque depiction of what it’s like to be alien. I don’t mean some green alien creature with antennae sticking out of its head, I mean alien as in not fitting in. We’ve all gone through this toil, either in our teens or later, when we decided to change our lives or careers and have been met with mute stares of those who simply didn’t get what we were doing, why, labeled us as alien creatures and cut off contact. It’s why I think The Metamorphosis is so poignant today as it was when it was first published.
Now, go read it, hope you still have two legs and not eight tomorrow when you find yourself in bed, awake, staring at the ceiling.