Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Genres: Classic, Fiction
Publication Date: 2006
“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. He was laying on his hard, as it were armor-plated, back and when he lifted his head a little he could see his domelike brown belly divided into stiff arched segments on top of which the bed quilt could hardly keep in position and was about to slide off completely. His numerous legs, which were pitifully thin compared to the rest of his bulk, waved helplessly before his eyes.”
With this startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first opening, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. It is the story of a young man who, transformed overnight into a giant beetle-like insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, a quintessentially alienated man. A harrowing — though absurdly comic — meditation on human feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and isolation, The Metamorphosishas taken its place as one of the most widely read and influential works of twentieth-century fiction. As W.H. Auden wrote, “Kafka is important to us because his predicament is the predicament of modern man.”
My Thoughts & Review
I’ve wanted to read this book for so long but never actually got around to it. I’d heard great things about it. I think one of the reasons I didn’t pick it up was because for some reason I thought it was a big book, no idea why, but it turns out it’s quite short, and I managed to finish it in a few hours.
The Metamorphosis tells the story of salesman called Gregor Samsa who wakes one morning to find himself transformed into an insect while sleeping. We then follow his struggles while adjusting to this strange situation.
This book was a strange read but at the same time it was very unique and I think this is what made the book such an interesting read.Although it was a strange read what surprised me the most was how quickly I was feeling sorry for him and even felt a little angry towards the way his family was treating him.
While reading this book I felt there were some hidden messages and meanings but I just couldn’t quite work them out.
This was my first book of 2020 and I really enjoyed. It’s a weird book but I would recommend it to anyone who hasn’t read it before, especially as it doesn’t take long to finish at all.
I read this for the prompt Book from the Rory Gilmore Challenge for the 2020 TBR Reading Challenge created by Mina @ Stacked Reviews
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