"When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin." With this startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first sentence, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. It is the story of a young man who, transformed... show more
"When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin." With this startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first sentence, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. It is the story of a young man who, transformed overnight into a giant beetlelike 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 inadequecy, guilt, and isolation, The Metamorphosis has taken its place as one of the mosst 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."
Publish date: March 1st 1972
Publisher: Bantam Classics
Pages no: 201
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Read For School
, German Literature
, Short Stories
Books of 1916: Part Two The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka Since childhood I’ve been familiar with the plot of this short novel; people talk about it all the time because it’s so compelling. I even had the first sentence memorized thanks to my older brother. Reciting it was a warm-up exercise in s...
Oeps, dit is een erg lange samenvatting + review geworden.... Op een dag wordt Gregor wakker, en is hij veranderd in een gigantisch insect.Zo'n drastische en lichamelijk onmogelijke verandering is absurd. Ook de reacties van de karakters op deze verandering maken het verhaal des te absurder; Gregor ...
Normally I would try to write my post fairly soon after I have read a particular piece of literature, however in this instance I was meeting up with a book club today so I decided that I would hold off until after I have been to the group. I must say that this group is quite different than the other...
What an odd short novel. If you have never read this before, it is basically about a guy who wakes up as a giant bug. He can't leave his house or communicate with his family. We read his thoughts and he is very optimistic that his family will help him out. Then we see his family repulsed by him in e...
PrefaceIntroduction, by Stanley CorngoldA Chronology of Franz Kafka's Life--The MetamorphosisBackgrounds:From 'Wedding Preparations in the Country'Letters and DiariesCritical Essays:The I Without a Self, by W. H. Auden"I Always Wanted You to Admire My Fasting"; or, Looking at Kafka, by Philip RothFr...