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    Franz Kafka(Author) Tony Darnell(Editor)

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The Metamorphosis (German: Die Verwandlung) is a novella written by Franz Kafka which was first published in 1915.

One day, Gregor Samsa, a traveling salesman, wakes up to find himself transformed into a giant insect (the most common translation of the German description ungeheuer Ungeziefer, literally "monstrous vermin"). He reflects on how dreary life as a traveling salesman is.

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  • By Rev Mannix on 2 November 2016

    This was one of those books that I always meant to read, and now I finally have I understand the importance of Kafka's canonical piece of fiction.The protagonist, Gregor awakes as a huge cockroach like creature, and he is shamed and disgusted by his 'awakening' and although there is no explanation as to why he is transformed. I'm going out on a tangent, but as he spends his isolation contemplating his previous existence I took the story in a similar vein to palahniuk's fight club, in that although he has completely lost his previous existence, slowly he adapts and begins to amuse himself in his new state. And like any bad change in circumstances, you find out who really cares.I loved the use of language, and would recommend you don't wait as long as I did to read about Gregor ;)

  • By Kindle Customer on 12 November 2016

    An easy yet insightful read, it'll take you less than a day to get through! Gregor wakes up one day and finds that he's a giant beetle. At first, although shocked by the transformation, his family (especially his sister) tries to be acommodating. However, Gregor's inability to communicate with them creates clear barriers between them, and as the family becomes less and less convinced Gregor still has his human mind, their once understanding feelings towards this unwanted surprise undergo their own metamorphosis...A frank and often uncomfortable look into the psychology behind appearances, Kafka has undeniably hit a gold-mine of discussion points for the reader to ponder over once they close the book. "Were the family in the right?" "Was Gregor a lost cause?" "Can a sudden change in circumstances ruin family harmony?" "How would I survive if I woke up as an insect??" are just a few. Although translated from German, it's not distracting, and having taken an afternoon to read this mini-novella, you can be sure you'll never look at people (or beetles!) in the same way again. ;)

  • By Lydia on 18 April 2017

    I received- as promised- the infamous novel by Kafka.Would definitely recommend to read, since it's at a price you really can't beat (free). The fact that it is only 45 pages made it really convenient as I usually can't finish very long books due to a lack of free time and attention span. It's also a great addition to any philosophical discussions you may want to have!

  • By Lynne E. Jones on 15 March 2017

    A weird and wonderful account of a man who changed into a beetle. I can see now what Kafkaesque means.

  • By Guest on 12 March 2017

    I've been reading and digesting Franz Kafka for 20 plus years. This edition Wisehouse Classics, although Free I rate as good transition that brings the story to life.

  • By Ian N on 3 June 2016

    Not one for those screamish of creep crawlies, but a very good analogy of how sudden disability can put a strain on even close family relationships and bonds. One to read with the lights on and rolled up newspaper at the ready though...

  • By Jess on 3 March 2016

    Very interesting and easy read. Gives an insight to metamorphosis and how humans react to it, also it is a good book to read for Modernism.


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