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The Metamorphosis Alternate cover edition of ISBN 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 it s 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 WH Auden wrote, Kafka is important to us because his predicament is the predicament of modern man Kafka s classic tale written in 1912 is about the changes that can come about in our lives Up until the very end, the entire tale takes place in an apartment of a mother, father, son and daughter The son is unfortunately unable to continue to perform his job as a traveling salesman and support his family financially This abrupt change forces the father, mother and daughter to exertenergy in their lives and take steps to earn money Here is a word about each member of the family The Fath Kafka s classic tale written in 1912 is about the changes that can come about in our lives Up until the very end, the entire tale takes place in an apartment of a mother, father, son and daughter The son is unfortunately unable to continue to perform his job as a traveling salesman and support his family financially This abrupt change forces the father, mother and daughter to exertenergy in their lives and take steps to earn money Here is a word about each member of the family The Father At the beginning of the tale he is too worn out to even stand up straight and walk across the apartment without pausing At the end, he stands up straight, combs his white hair neatly, wears a uniform smartly in his new job working for a bank and can take charge of family situations and challenges with authority.The Mother At the outset, she is weak and helpless At the end, she does the household cooking and helps support her family through taking in sewing.The Daughter A wan stay at home at the beginning and a healthy out in the world worker at the end At the very end, this 17 year old blossoms into an attractive young lady, a real catch for some lucky guy.This Kafka tale is, in some important ways, the forerunner of such books as How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie Of course, what I ve written above is tongue in cheek not to be taken seriously Review of The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka Take 2If I didn t write this Take 2 I suspect my book review would be the first in nearly 100 years not to mention Gregor wakes up transformed into an enormous bug Since there already so many reviews posted, I d like to offer several brief observations What is it about our attempt to maintain the status quo Gregor is transformed into a monstrous verminous bug and all he and his mother and father and sister can ask is How can we change things back to how they were The objective 3rd person narrator lets us know directly that although Gregor s body has transformed, he still has his human mind with its memories Why does his family assume Gregor lost his human mind If they wanted, they could simply ask him questions to find out For example, Gregor, if you can understand what I am saying, move over to the right side of your room This speaks volumes about how people are too narrow in their thinking to deal with life creatively and with imagination What adds to the eeriness of Kafka tale is Gregor s metamorphosis is in stark contrast to the humdrum regularity of the family in their apartment The possible exception is the absurdist scene at the beginning where Gregor s manager knocks on the door and insists on knowing why Gregor missed the early morning train This combination of these opposites is a stroke of genius The most insightful review of this Kafka tale I ve read is from Vladimir Nabokov Nabokov adjudged Kafka s tale the greatest novel of the 20th century behind Joyce s Ulysses UPDATE MARCH 2020 Hi.It s me.Your friendly neighborhood reader.You all want to know why people don t like reading the classics Try reading the comments.I didn t like this book and wrote a jokey review in 2018 People freaked out because A I didn t like the book and B poked fun at this classic in my review.Two years and 300 comments laterannnnd drum roll I really don t give a sh t any I m tired I m bored It s been TWO FREAKING YEARS and people won t leave this review alone.Feel UPDATE MARCH 2020 Hi.It s me.Your friendly neighborhood reader.You all want to know why people don t like reading the classics Try reading the comments.I didn t like this book and wrote a jokey review in 2018 People freaked out because A I didn t like the book and B poked fun at this classic in my review.Two years and 300 comments laterannnnd drum roll I really don t give a sh t any I m tired I m bored It s been TWO FREAKING YEARS and people won t leave this review alone.Feel free to talk about my lack of intelligence all you want down below but I literally couldn t care less and I won t be responding All you negative people did was convince me that this book was absolute crap and the fanbase is worse A BIG EFFING DISCLAIMER January 2019 I read books for fun, not to better myself.I originally published this review MONTHS ago, for a book published DECADES ago and I just want to say Reviewers be warned.People are not the forgiving sort if you don t like this book It seems that some classics must be liked, or else.Since publishing this review, many people have posted their interpretations of this book some of which I can see, some of which I don t buy and some that really are quite brilliant.People seem convinced that if only I the stupid broad as one now deleted comment said could understand the d man book , then my absolute idiocy could be resolved and I wouldn t have to worry about my children inheriting the stupid While your sentiments about my future children were strong and no doubt your hearts were in the right place , I m afraid that won t help them They are doomed Even if the most stunningly accurate interpretation of the novel comes into my life, that doesn t change the fact that I didn t like the book I m not a professional I m not an English teacher I have never claimed to be anything other than an avid reader Just because I m a casual doesn t mean that I m only going to stick to fluffy novels I like to branch out, sometimes with awesome and sometimes with awful results And this one just didn t work for me And if there s anything I have picked up from the comments, Kafka was writing a book to make you feel bad He was going for that indescribable horror of something just out of reach AndI felt that and to me, reading that was not enjoyable And my review reflects exactly what Kafka was aiming for with a dollop of sarcasm and sass from me on the side The Original Review February 2018 If you are someone who is looking for a serious interpretation kindly check out another There plenty of brilliant interpretations of this novel, and so many people LOVE it Unfortunately, I did not I cannot make you understand I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me I cannot even explain it to myself Allow me to explain it to you then You Gregor turned into a giant bug Your family alternated between fearing, caring, and loathing you in your bug body Ultimately, you began doing lots of creepy bug things and became a burden to them.Then you starved to death and your parents got their spare bedroom back slow clapping Okaaaay, if you haven t already guessed, I didn t enjoy this one I am not a fan of books where things just happen without any sort of explanation Nor if books that give off a consistently dreary feeling throughout I could summarize the entire book as Gregor turns into a bug, it was not a smart moveWhich is slightly misrepresenting the book cause the book actually has Gregor turning into a bug without any rhyme or reason.Actually Wait a moment.This is probably one of those books where everything is a representation of something significant in real life An Important Novel , if you will Lemme Wikipedia this..Ok I m back.Apparently the bug thing is either a metaphor for a father complex Gregor s dad was the most anti Gregor anti bug character or a take on the artist struggle Gregor s sister is the cruelest, because she can make music.I mean,maybe I guess that could be what the book means There s a cruel father and a gifted daughterbut who knows.I guess the book is so open to interpretation that it could literally mean just about anything It kind of feels like one of those books just written for the hell of it and then some English teachers got a hold of it and now it s become anImportant NovelTherefore, I m going to stick with my original interpretation it s a rather pointless novel about a bug that dies.Personally, I did not like the style, the characters and the ending It felt painful to read The actual text was good, but the emotions and the feelings associated with the events just felt incredibly depressing.Plus, as a personal pet peeve plenty of things happen without a solid explanation or clear motivation which actually funnels back into my English teachers got ahold of this novel theory quite well Ultimately, this took up time that I can never get back and I don t think I ll ever enjoy it How about if I sleep a little bit longer and forget all this nonsense YouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads I once used my copy to kill a beetle Thereby combining my two passions irony and slaughter wields Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning to discover he s been transformed into a giant beetle like creature Can he and his family adjust to his new form The Metamorphosis is one of those books that a lot of people get dragooned into reading during high school and therefore are predisposed to loath I managed to escape this fate and I m glad The Metamorphosis is quite a strange little book.Translated from German, The Metamorphosis is the story of how Gregor Samsa s transformation tears his family apa Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning to discover he s been transformed into a giant beetle like creature Can he and his family adjust to his new form The Metamorphosis is one of those books that a lot of people get dragooned into reading during high school and therefore are predisposed to loath I managed to escape this fate and I m glad The Metamorphosis is quite a strange little book.Translated from German, The Metamorphosis is the story of how Gregor Samsa s transformation tears his family apart I feel like there are hidden meanings that are just beyond my grasp I suspect it s a commentary about how capitalism devours its workers when they re unable to work or possibly about how the people who deviate from the norm are isolated However, I mostly notice how Samsa s a big frickin beetle and his family pretends he doesn t exist.There s some absurdist humor at the beginning Samsa s first thoughts upon finding out he s a beetle is how he s going to miss work Now, I m as dedicated to my job as most people but if I woke up to find myself a giant beetle, I don t think I d have to mull over the decision to take a personal day or two.Aside from that, the main thing that sticks out is what a bunch of bastards Samsa s family is He s been supporting all of them for years in his soul crushing traveling salesman job and now they re pissed that they have to carry the workload Poor things It s not like Gregor s sitting on the couch drinking beer while they re working He s a giant damn beetle Cut him some slack.All kidding aside, the ending is pretty sad I ll bet Mr Samsa felt like a prick later The Metamorphosis gets four stars, primarily for being so strange and also because it s the ancestor of many weird or bizarro tales that came afterwords It s definitely worth an hour or two of your time

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