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The Trial (Oxford World's Classics (Audio)) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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The story follows Joseph K while he is on trial by a seemingly arbitrary court system. What starts out feeling like a cautionary tale about misplaced and abused power quickly gets stranger and morphs into a story of a deeper and more personal trial. Before long, you notice that K is the one who seems to be doing the work of trying himself.
I was left thinking for a long time about the meaning behind the story and a lot of its symbols and components - I don't consider the fact that I still had questions to be a bad thing. On the contrary, this one left me feeling strangely energized.
Highly recommended for people who like philosophy, examinations of the human condition, or existentialism.
It's been debated as to what is really Kafka's novel all about. Some say, it's "hero"(?) Joseph K. represents the "every man". Who has been forced to live in a world, where's man's biggest sin is being himself. The character K. like Kafka himself feels they are an outsider in a world they cannot function in. Others still, see the book as merely a semi-autobiography as Kafka's own feelings of worthlessness. We all know Kafka even doubted his own talents as a writer. But, yet again, others think that "K." is not the "every man". That he is guilty of his "sins".
So, what does all of this prove? It simply goes to show you the impact Franz Kafka has left on the world. Here we have a book published in 1925 and still causes debate as to what exactly were Kafka's intentions. If, infact, he didn't have any intentions!
'The Trial', to me is a story of a man's loneliness. It's a story of man who probably is guilty of what he is charged with. And we slowly read about his desent into a world of paranoia. I've heard some people agrue that what happens to "K." is all merely a dream. None of it ever really happened, but, it was "K." himself who brought this punishment on himself. Sort of like how Kafka himself did by never marrying the girl he loved, by living in the shadows of his father, who he adored, and never having an self confidence. If what happens in 'The Trial' is a dream, you can bet "K." learned something.
There's something about Kafka that fasincates me. He is one of my favorite authors.Read more ›
As well, for all the theories on what Kafka's "saying" with this story, the reasons behind Gregor's transformation are not all that complicated or hard to figure out. Kafka, as opposed to too many other writers since, declines to spell out the specific reasons but still makes it clear that Gregor (and by extension, all the other Gregors in the world) had allowed himself to become a powerless insect long before actually physically turning into one.Read more ›
How true, for in this chilling novel, truth and justice cease to exist in a conventional sense. The traditional ideals of law and justice are inverted, as it is the accused who is blind and justice is pre-determined. Indeed, the courts and law system render an unfathomable, surreal-like existence. The accuser is kept in a dark abyss of ignorance, not only in the actual charges brought forth against him, but in the very foundation of the court system within which he is entrapped.
The "Court" operates outside the normal legal system and is a clandestine and faceless bureaucracy. It seems as if everything belongs to the Court, for they can invade the lives of the accused with impunity - in their home, their workplace, and even into the recesses of their mind. Indeed, the psychological torture and self-abasement is one of the key tools of the Court. The only interaction one has with this system is through low-level judges, magistrates, and lawyers in dank, hidden courtrooms. Yet, one has to devote his life (or what's left of it) to seeking influence from mysterious characters. For the actual facts of the case matter none, but the influence of the others matter the most. Yet, any defense is completely futile, for no one can escape their ultimate fate. Judgment is handed down by High Level "deities" who no one knows. It seems as if the best one can hope for is to forestall the trial through an endless cycle of influence peddling and evasive action, for to receive an actual acquittal is only a legend and not within the realm of possibility.
In a sense, the accused is condemned as soon as he is arrested.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story but it requires a lot of analyzing in order to appreciate it. However, it's very worth it!Published 11 days ago by Maybelline Zuniga
Wow. What a fine piece of world literature. Story is grim, gripping, tautly written with tension mounting page after page. Read morePublished 14 days ago by S. Roberts
The Trial reveals how we are the ultimate creators of our realities. Both consciously and unconsciously, our deemed realities are based off of delusions and phantasy. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Melissa R. Cooper
First book fully read on the Kindle, I strongly advise ebook readers. And big thanks to the people who worked on the book for Project Gutenberg. Read morePublished 26 days ago by dmr
I love Kafka, and Corngold is a good translator. I have three copies of Kafka compilations: Stanley Corngold, Joachim Neugroschel, and an anthology with mostly Willa and Edwin Muir... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Queen Bee
This has got to be one of the strangest books I've ever read. Is it a bad dream or is it the angst we all feel over our misdeeds. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Philip S Kruis
Kafka always makes me feel that I'm missing the point, the underlying reason for the metamorphosis in the first place.Published 1 month ago by Mary Ann Gardner
One of the outstanding pieces of literature from the 20th century. This book will change your life foreverPublished 1 month ago by David Richards
Worst book I've ever read. Without a doubt, and I've read a lot of books. If I'd been smart I would have quit reading about a third of the way through.Published 1 month ago by Mike Kight