#4 The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka

Title

The Metamorphosis

Author

Franz Kafka

Genre

Novella, Novel, Absurdist Fiction

Readability

Easy. It’s a simple story with a dramatic unfolding.

Engagement

Low. In the beginning it makes you want to know more about the story but then it gets boring and common. It’s a downwards spiral from how-did-it-became-a-beetle to normal-everyday-routine. It’s not the most interesting book and if you are unable to enjoy its irony it can be quite boring.

Score

score-3

Its beauty it’s in the subtleness of its irony.

Title (Original)

Die Verwandlung

Year of Publication

1915

Cover

The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka

Short Description & Notes

The Metamorphosis is a brilliantly subtle book about social and family interactions, the way people react to serious situations and that people are capable of transforming their daily lives to adapt to that situations. It’s also a tragic story of an unwanted creature and how people get tired of him.

“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 Metamorphosis has 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.” – Goodreads: The Metamorphosis

Remarkable Quotes

As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect-like creature.

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