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I once used my copy to kill a beetle Thereby combining my two passions irony and slaughter wields A paraphrase When my ex husband went out one evening from unsettling dreams of how faraway his wife was, he went out drinking and whoring Next morning he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin A cockroach Much he knew it though None of his friends recognised it, in fact they preferred the cockroach to the person he had been and he had a great time When it was time for him to come home, armour plated as he was he crushed his wife underfoot well fists and kicks, but same t A paraphrase When my ex husband went out one evening from unsettling dreams of how faraway his wife was, he went out drinking and whoring Next morning he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin A cockroach Much he knew it though None of his friends recognised it, in fact they preferred the cockroach to the person he had been and he had a great time When it was time for him to come home, armour plated as he was he crushed his wife underfoot well fists and kicks, but same thing Unlike Kafka s poor cockroach whom no one could come to terms with and is destroyed by their ultimate hatred of creepy, crawly insects that roam the house, my ex was embraced by all and became the most popular party person Although at one stage I did have to fight off a woman who was swinging her handbag at me and tell a Spanish prostitute that my husband s unwanted attentions were no business of mine The moral of the story is that there isthan one type of human cockroach and Kafka only wrote about one It s all in the shell, if you are ugly, big, brown and with six legs you are hated But handsome, big brown and with only two, you are adored.Read this book back in 1999 and loved it Social isolation for visible or invisible characterists reverberated with me, as did the cold gang mentality that rules once each has identified itself as a sympathetic member 5 star book2 star ex husband I did get my son so he gets a star for that 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 The MetamorphosisFranz KafkaThe Metamorphosis can quite easily be one of Franz Kafka s best works of literature one of the best in Existentialist literature The author shows the struggle of human existence the problem of living in modern society through the narrator.Gregor Samsa wakes in his bed and finds himself changed into an a mammoth bug the vermin he battles to discover what really has transpired, he checks out his little room and everything looks ordinary to him anyway it gets a pec The MetamorphosisFranz KafkaThe Metamorphosis can quite easily be one of Franz Kafka s best works of literature one of the best in Existentialist literature The author shows the struggle of human existence the problem of living in modern society through the narrator.Gregor Samsa wakes in his bed and finds himself changed into an a mammoth bug the vermin he battles to discover what really has transpired, he checks out his little room and everything looks ordinary to him anyway it gets a peculiar inclination it may not be so He attempts to turn over and return to stay in bed request to disregard what has occurred, but since of the state of his back, he can just shake from side to side As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect The initial lines of the novella relates the odd occasion of Gregor s change in a very direct way, the author utilized the differentiating image of an abnormal circumstance and common things of life to make a preposterous world which is crisp, disorganized as opposed to rational and normal, as we expect it to be but the Kafka always do what you least expect.Gregor becomes accustomed to his creepy vermin body and his family takes care of him mostly an inappropriate things, however they couldn t care less and expels furniture from his room with the goal that he can uninhibitedly move around and climb the walls Be that as it may, they would prefer not to see his appalling structure, he is kept to his room, and normally stows away under the couch when his sister enters with his food, to save her sensibilities as opposed to the pleasantly human creepy crawly Gregor, his sister isn t chivalrous in any way, yet progressively hostile and barbarous his brutish dad as Kafka himself had been quite afraid of his father pursues him back by tossing apples at him when he once comes out The relatives additionally need to take employments for they can no longer soak up the fruitful child What s , the circumstance separates, and the family crumbles.The problem of alienation is explored to depth in the novella Gregor become insect and behaviour of his family members change towards him, he may transformed to something unusual at the core he is still the same however he faces problem of acceptance by society due to his transformed appearance, which ridicules his being his existence as if he is thrown into the hell of nothingness without any notice The feebleness of his existence disintegrates his being into nothingness, under the sheer pressure of the society the Other The novella raises some very basic and profound questions of human existence alienation, identity, being Kafka questions all our presuppositions of life success, social position, money, that a healthy life is characterized by a steadily improving standard of living and a socially acceptable appearance which we think matter most through Gregor s metamorphosis These presuppositions of our life poseserious questions which are very chilly and which can rip us apart from any sense of our inauthentic existence The author robs Gregor the protagonist of every sense of his inauthentic existence by stealing off all assumptions of his life, now he is striped down to the very core of his existence The protagonist is encountered with basic problems of human existence what it takes to be which we encounter in our lives if we once appeared socially acceptable and now have ceased to do so, are we still in fact ourselves Was the socially acceptable persona in fact ourselves, or is thereessential self ness in the being we have now become Or have we, in fact, been nobody in the first place, and are we nobody still Gregor Samsa can make us ponder our own character, our identity, about the smoothness of what we take to be steady and fixed, and about the dangers and supernatural occurrences of our own metamorphosis Kafka gives us that how the conventions of normal society are twisted because of our incompetence to look past the surface to the individual inside 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 Gregor waking up one morning as a bug was a hilarious analogy of the effects an illness can have on someone, as well as on those who are close to him Though the underlying story behind the hilarity of the analogy was anything but funny I took it asof a warning of what NOT to do when a loved one is afflicted by some unfortunate disease or circumstance I found his resistance of acknowledging to himself that he had become a bug in the beginning of the story to be very interesting When he Gregor waking up one morning as a bug was a hilarious analogy of the effects an illness can have on someone, as well as on those who are close to him Though the underlying story behind the hilarity of the analogy was anything but funny I took it asof a warning of what NOT to do when a loved one is afflicted by some unfortunate disease or circumstance I found his resistance of acknowledging to himself that he had become a bug in the beginning of the story to be very interesting When he couldn t ignore his state any longer, he looked to others reactions as to how he would look at his own condition As he was trying to unlock his bedroom door to let his parents and supervisor in, he thought, If they took fright, then Gregor would have no further responsibility and could rest in peace But if they took it all calmly, then he had no reason to get excited either and he could, if he hurried, actually be at the station by eight The reaction of those around him, and most importantly, those of his closest loved ones, is what influenced his own attitude towards himself and his own state He became completely ashamed of himself, striving to completely hide himself from view, though it took great effort and pain on his part to do so His imprisonment, or rather, his confinement from the company of others, had a devastating affect upon his mental well being and in turn, affected his physical well being Such a sad story and the fact that his family didn t feel remorse for their actions, but relief for themselves at his death I don t believe Kafka was trying to say this is how humans are indubitably, even though most of them try to put on a show of galantry and higher morals But that humans certainly can become some of the most self serving, self centered creatures on Earth It serves as a warning to us all that while it is good to allow others to serve us from time to time, it is far better to always serve others Gregor s family had all become accustomed to being taken care of by him They didn t even mind that he was held in servitude to pay off their debts This was made evident when the fact was made known that Gregor s father had been saving up extra money earned by Gregor, when it could have been used to pay for his freedom much sooner Gregor, on the other hand, had been serving his family and loved them purely because of it His first thought was not of himself, but of the hardship his condition would cause his family.So lest we fall into such an ugly state of existence, let us guard ourselves by serving those we love, thus lovingthose we serve Gregor Samsa awakes from a bad dream, into a mad nightmare, as he struggles, stuck in his own bed this weary, young traveling salesman, has overnight been miraculously transformed incredibly Gregor is now a hideous bug, a dung beetle , or even a cockroach does it really matter what He has missed his train inways than one, but Samsa, is a real trooper, still thinks he can catch the locomotive and make that vile business trip, eventually getting off the bed with great difficulty, just a Gregor Samsa awakes from a bad dream, into a mad nightmare, as he struggles, stuck in his own bed this weary, young traveling salesman, has overnight been miraculously transformed incredibly Gregor is now a hideous bug, a dung beetle , or even a cockroach does it really matter what He has missed his train inways than one, but Samsa, is a real trooper, still thinks he can catch the locomotive and make that vile business trip, eventually getting off the bed with great difficulty, just a slight crash, in truth, opening the locked door somehow and moving around on the floor, in his many, new, ugly little legs the parents and sister are greatly shocked, at his new repulsive appearance And when the office manager arrives to see what happened , big mistake, he spots Samsa and is out the door without a word spoken twitching a little Now the Bug becomes a burden to his lazy, ungrateful family after years of Gregor supporting them, all by himself a job he hated, with a big passion , they much embarrassed , hide him in his modest quiet room, feeding the monstrous vermin , leftover garbage from their table scraps, a menu the bug implausibly prefersMonths pass and it becomes obvious something has to give, the reader will decide is Samsa a real dung beetle, or is he mentally ill But to some, the gist of the fable is, how much does your family love you A brutal depiction of a family in tremendous turmoilexpediency triumphs 4 for the novella 1 for Benedict Cumberbatch narration I adore his voice A family mother, father and sister are forced to become responsible and find jobs when the son, the sole provider of the family, has a sort of a disease and cannot work any As he becomes useless he is marginalized and despised I almost forgot, the disease is that the son wakes up in the morning as a cockroach Methamorphosis is considered one of the best books ever written which is quite remarkable consideri 4 for the novella 1 for Benedict Cumberbatch narration I adore his voice A family mother, father and sister are forced to become responsible and find jobs when the son, the sole provider of the family, has a sort of a disease and cannot work any As he becomes useless he is marginalized and despised I almost forgot, the disease is that the son wakes up in the morning as a cockroach Methamorphosis is considered one of the best books ever written which is quite remarkable considering its size To succeed to have such an impact in a few pages is an accomplishment At a first glance it is the story of Gregor Samsa, who wakes up transformed as a vermin and becomes treated like one by the family As with great literature, and with Kafka in particular, there isthan meets the eye Some of the themes that come to my mind and some that I read in other reviews are What happens when a person is no longer sociable acceptable and it becomes marginalized The novel can be seen as a critic of discrimination or Kafka s own existential suffering and his alienation from the world I think some reading about Kafka s life is needed to better understand his work A fable of Jews conditionFor a better andin depth analysis of the novella please check Vladimir Nabokov s contribution My ever dearest Kafka,It has come to my attention that you ve left a manuscript behind pertaining to the extermination of vermins So my eccentric little self decided to pick up a copy of yours hoping to annihilate pests of the worst, possibly, the most malicious kind, only to find out you didn t offer such trick Well, woe is me There goes me gay self screaming and running away from flying roaches Ackkkk Shoooo Oh bollocks, you could ve helped Interestingly, what I discovered was a lustrou My ever dearest Kafka,It has come to my attention that you ve left a manuscript behind pertaining to the extermination of vermins So my eccentric little self decided to pick up a copy of yours hoping to annihilate pests of the worst, possibly, the most malicious kind, only to find out you didn t offer such trick Well, woe is me There goes me gay self screaming and running away from flying roaches Ackkkk Shoooo Oh bollocks, you could ve helped Interestingly, what I discovered was a lustrous gem of sorts a brilliant speculative fiction that neither offers answers nor questions as to why something is happening, only that it is really occurring While I thought to turn Gregor Samsa into a monstrous insect was quite preposterous, it seems that in the end, it was the most logical choice, or so I thought If Alice was to trot along with me and find this surreal handbook with absurdist humour, I wager that she ll say the same thing when she was in Wonderland a long time ago, Curiouser and curiouser Indeed, it was baffling and sufficient to bedazzle your foes Give this as a gift, let them read and interpret it, and wish upon a bloody star that one day your enemies will metamorphose into a despicable vermin that you can whack or swat with tremendous gusto, that is, depending on their particular form Being turned into a monstrous insect is no mean feat especially if you re a travelling salesman and a breadwinner with a family to support an asthmatic mother, a workshy father, and a clueless sister Unfortunately, poor Gregor took that frightful curse of being turned into a vermin of sorts Once a human who was socially acceptable, now he s but a social pariah alienated, ostracised, and discriminated I wonder though what you ve really meant by this novella of yours Was this a philosophical commentary or an allegory about the human condition, human nature, or our precarious existence Was this a mirror that reflects how we treat others who are entirely different Was this your way to expose the masks that we ve held long enough just to uncover our true essence as human beings Was this your life story Were you trying to unveil the nefarious ways how humans can be so corrupt to their core that they forgot how to care, see each other through by loving one another and showing kindness in so many ways That I wouldn t know for you are not here All you ve left is but a manuscript that will leave us feeling discombobulated for many years to come How disappointing Anyways, your version of vermins is already obsolete, my friend Ever since you ve left this world, vermins in the form of some reprehensible humans have survived Yes, we do have that in our lives, unfortunately, which reminds me that I might need to further transmogrify them into roaches and whack, smoosh, squish squash those little scuttling critters out of existence by wielding my handy dandy, ever reliable broomstick Not all vermins are worth the empathy, mind you Only your story does Wish me luck though This one will feel like a game of Whack a Mole with me squealing while chasing those pests away from my life Your fan and friend,JV Audiobook rating narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch Narrative voice style Vocal characterisation Inflexion intonation Voice quality Audiobook verdict Exquisite performance, superbly brilliant, a must have 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 The Metamorphosis


About the Author: Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka was one of the major fiction writers of the 20th century He was born to a middle class German speaking Jewish family in Prague, Bohemia presently the Czech Republic , Austria Hungary His unique body of writing much of which is incomplete and which was mainly published posthumously is considered to be among the most influential in Western literature.His stories include The Metamorphosis 1912 and In the Penal Colony 1914 , while his novels are The Trial 1925 , The Castle 1926 and Amerika 1927.Kafka s first language was German, but he was also fluent in Czech Later, Kafka acquired some knowledge of the French language and culture one of his favorite authors was Flaubert.Kafka first studied chemistry at the Charles Ferdinand University of Prague, but switched after two weeks to law This offered a range of career possibilities, which pleased his father, and required a longer course of study that gave Kafka time to take classes in German studies and art history At the university, he joined a student club, named Lese und Redehalle der Deutschen Studenten, which organized literary events, readings and other activities In the end of his first year of studies, he met Max Brod, who would become a close friend of his throughout his life, together with the journalist Felix Weltsch, who also studied law Kafka obtained the degree of Doctor of Law on 18 June 1906 and performed an obligatory year of unpaid service as law clerk for the civil and criminal courts.Kafka s writing attracted little attention until after his death During his lifetime, he published only a few short stories and never finished any of his novels, unless The Metamorphosis is considered a short novel Prior to his death, Kafka wrote to his friend and literary executor Max Brod Dearest Max, my last request Everything I leave behind me in the way of diaries, manuscripts, letters my own and others , sketches, and so on, is to be burned unread Brod overrode Kafka s wishes, believing that Kafka had given these directions to him specifically because Kafka knew he would not honor them Brod had told him as much Brod, in fact, would oversee the publication of most of Kafka s work in his possession, which soon began to attract attention and high critical regard.Max Brod encountered significant difficulty in compiling Kafka s notebooks into any chronological order as Kafka was known to start writing in the middle of notebooks, from the last towards the first, etc.All of Kafka s published works, except several letters he wrote in Czech to Milena Jesensk , were written in German.


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