The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis

Paperback - 2014
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Franz Kafka's 1915 novella of unexplained horror and nightmarish transformation became a worldwide classic and remains a century later one of the most widely read works of fiction in the world. It is the story of traveling salesman Gregor Samsa, who wakes one morning to find himself transformed into a monstrous insect. This hugely influential work inspired George Orwell, Albert Camus, Jorge Louis Borges, and Ray Bradbury, while continuing to unsettle millions of readers.

In her new translation of Kafka's masterpiece, Susan Bernofsky strives to capture both the humor and the humanity in this macabre tale, underscoring the ways in which Gregor Samsa's grotesque metamorphosis is just the physical manifestation of his longstanding spiritual impoverishment.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, c2014
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393347098
Branch Call Number: FIC KAF
FIC KAF
Characteristics: 126 p. ; 21 cm

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May 14, 2015

This story is unusual and annoying in that Kafka apparently enjoys anti-heroes. And Gregor is certainly an anti-hero in this quick read. The story begs many questions (how did that happen and why? are certainly the two biggest ones), but the one that bothers me most is why didn't he try to do something about it? Gregor pretty much just takes it as it is and then proceeds to want everyone to do everything and accept the situation. I could see how the story could be an allegory, but mostly I found it frustrating. Some people do not think the family handled it well, but I thought they did a pretty good job considering the circumstances. Anyhow, it was interesting, and I'm glad it was a short read as I probably wouldn't have read something longer if the character was such an anti-hero. I'm just not fond of weak characters.

nadian May 23, 2009

This story is so odd that I still do not know what to think of it. It was by no means an easy book to read, despite it's length, nor was it particularly profound initially, however I am still undecided.

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janetlrod Feb 07, 2013

about a guy who wakes up one day to find he is an insect. he can't communicate with his family, but he understands everything they say. they don't know he can understand them. he dies, and pretty much that is the end. very short story.

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Nahnsu Jul 10, 2013

"One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin."

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