The Metamorphosis and Other Stories

The Metamorphosis and Other Stories

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"Had one to name the author who comes nearest to bearing the same kind of relations to our age as Dante, Shakespeare , and Goethe bore to theirs, Kafka is the first one would think of." -- W. H. Auden


Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 2000.
Edition: Penguin Books ed.
ISBN: 9780140283365
Branch Call Number: FIC/KAFKA
Characteristics: 216 p. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Pasley, Malcolm 1926-2004.


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May 21, 2015

After I read Kafka on the Shore by Murakami, I had to check out some Franz Kafka writings, since I had never indulged. So, I checked this out, and enjoyed it quite a bit. The stories are pretty short, some single page stories, and are told in such a dreamy manner that I can't help but imagine the scenes described. He must have been a very interesting character in his day because he can tell a great, thought-provoking story.

Jan 15, 2015

When writer-extraordinaire, Franz Kafka, died in 1924 (from tuberculosis) at the age of forty, it was very fortunate for us all that his good friend, Max Brod, went against Kafka's wishes (which were stated in his Will) that he wanted all of his manuscripts burned in the event of his death.

Had Brod complied with this request of Kafka's, then the world would've been greatly deprived of reading some of the most amazingly thoughtful stories ever written.

Born in Austria on July 3, 1883, Franz Kafka (who had originally trained to be a lawyer) was a tremendously gifted writer. He is widely regarded as being one of the most influential authors of the 20th Century.

A troubled, insecure and very complicated man, it wasn't until his unfortunate death that Kafka finally earned the fame and recognition that he so rightly deserved.

Kafka was a man of a profoundly brilliant mind. His wonderful stories are filled with themes of alienation, psychological brutality, and conflicts within the labyrinths of bureaucracy.

This first-rate volume of collected stories features six of Kafka's best work, including "A Country Doctor" and "Outside The Law".

Jul 30, 2011

For Kafka fans or anyone who enjoys a dark and highly philosophical realm - this is a great collection! Especially "The Metamorphosis" and "In The Penal Colony"! Super!

May 16, 2010

I don’t know why I waited so long to read this famous novella; right from its famous opening line it turned out to be much more readable (and even funny) than I had thought. My take on it is that the modern lives of humans are the same as the lives of vermin. Constant scurrying, selfishness, and unawareness of the world and family beyond routine survival make us no different than rats or cockroaches. It is only through self-inflection, selflessness, and actions based on love that we can metamorphose into the real and beautiful human existence.


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May 16, 2010

When Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from troubled dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous insect.


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