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Kafka in 90 Minutes (Great Writers in 90 Minutes)

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Building on his enormously successful series of Philosophers in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern now applies his witty and incisive prose to brief biographical studies of the world's great writers. He brings their lives and ideas to life in entertaining and accessible fashion. Far from being a novelty, each book is a highly refined appraisal of the writer and his work, authorita ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published October 29th 2004 by Ivan R. Dee Publisher (first published October 25th 2004)
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Cosmic Arcata
Jan 01, 2015 Cosmic Arcata rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
I really think this quote from Conversations with Kafka was very perceptive:

"The League is it in any real sense a league of nations?. It seems to me the title League of Nations is only a disguise for a new battle field."
"Do you mean the League is not a peace organization?"
"The League is a machinery for localizing the battle. The war continues w/ other weapons. Banks take the place of divisions the fighting capacity of finance takes the place of the war potential of industry. It is not a League o
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Amy
Jan 27, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
Having only read Metamorphosis by Kafka, I was curious about the man, but not enough to read more of his stuff. Lazy I know. But there are so many other books to read. When I came across the 90 minute series, I thought, "why not." This was a great book (I listened to it on audio). My first thought at review is to call it a "Cliff's Notes," but it's so much more than that. Take volumes of great biography, artistic history (and history in general), literary criticism - and condense them into 90 mi ...more
James
Apr 22, 2016 James rated it liked it
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I have in mind reading some Kafka. This is a nice short introduction to the man's life and works. Tortured soul with a fascinating life history.
Mboconnor31
Mar 28, 2016 Mboconnor31 rated it it was amazing
First time reader of the Strathern collection. Awesome!
LInda Sheu
Mar 02, 2014 LInda Sheu rated it it was ok
Now I want to read kafka's books!
Niño Manaog
Aug 04, 2011 Niño Manaog rated it really liked it
Sa halipot na buhay kan henyong ini, nungka pinakapkap si Kafka kan saiyang ama kan saiyang phallus. Magkapartidaryo sinda ni D. H. Lawrence sa ama. Kaya na sana man gayod dai niya nahiling an saiyang sadiring halaga. Nakakua siya nin totoong Brod ki Max Brod, na iyo an agit-agitan na nagladlad kan saiyang katurikan, kan saiyang kagayunan, kan saiyang kadakulaan, kan siya man mayo na.

O kaya man ngonyan, siya asin an saiyang mga obra satuya yaon na.

Nobenta minutos na kapalaran, habambuhay na ka
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Gerard
Jan 28, 2016 Gerard rated it really liked it
My favorite of the series.
Joshua
Aug 06, 2012 Joshua rated it really liked it
Say what you will about the "in 90 Minutes" series, but they are really great introductory texts if you want to have a sufficient and well written background to new ideas/authors/historical figures. Having read this before Kafka's 'The Castle' I was armed with a little knowledge that certainly helped me appreciate the text.
Billy Sheppard
Dec 04, 2015 Billy Sheppard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of Strathern's "in 90 Minutes" series. Taken in series, they make a find long survey of great thought through anecdote and essential details.
Mjohnstondmd Johnston
Aug 26, 2012 Mjohnstondmd Johnston rated it really liked it


Very good, now I understand the metamorphosis like never before!
Jose
May 03, 2010 Jose rated it it was amazing
terrific. enjoyed much. better understanding of kafka's works
Maggie
Oct 25, 2011 Maggie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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very well done. succinct and informative.
Moeen
Oct 21, 2011 Moeen rated it liked it
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Paul Strathern (born 1940) is a British writer and academic. He was born in London, and studied at Trinity College, Dublin, after which he served in the Merchant Navy over a period of two years. He then lived on a Greek island. In 1966 he travelled overland to India and the Himalayas. His novel A Season in Abyssinia won a Somerset Maugham Award in 1972.

Besides five novels, he has also written nume
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