Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Kafka in 90 Minutes” as Want to Read:
Kafka in 90 Minutes
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Kafka in 90 Minutes (Great Writers in 90 Minutes)

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  45 ratings  ·  10 reviews
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)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Kafka in 90 Minutes, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Kafka in 90 Minutes

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 74)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Cosmic Arcata
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
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
Billy Sheppard
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.
LInda Sheu
Now I want to read kafka's books!
Niño Manaog
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
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.
Mjohnstondmd Johnston

Very good, now I understand the metamorphosis like never before!
terrific. enjoyed much. better understanding of kafka's works
very well done. succinct and informative.
این مجموعه کلن خوبه، مختصر و مفید
Preston Carter
Preston Carter marked it as to-read
Aug 21, 2015
Hany Kalash
Hany Kalash marked it as to-read
Aug 05, 2015
Angela marked it as to-read
Jul 24, 2015
Glenn Beck
Glenn Beck marked it as to-read
Apr 03, 2015
Jim marked it as to-read
Feb 06, 2015
Anthony Gramuglia
Anthony Gramuglia marked it as to-read
Feb 04, 2015
Meg added it
Dec 31, 2014
Elizabeth Smith
Elizabeth Smith marked it as to-read
Dec 15, 2014
Papaphilly marked it as to-read
Nov 10, 2014
Lucie Novak
Lucie Novak marked it as to-read
Nov 10, 2014
Matt marked it as to-read
Nov 10, 2014
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
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
More about Paul Strathern...

Other Books in the Series

Great Writers in 90 Minutes (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Beckett in 90 Minutes
  • Borges in 90 Minutes
  • D.H. Lawrence in 90 Minutes
  • Dostoevsky in 90 Minutes (Great Writers in 90 Minutes Series)
  • Garcia Marquez in 90 Minutes (Great Writers in 90 Minutes Series)
  • Hemingway in 90 Minutes
  • James Joyce in 90 Minutes
  • Nabokov in 90 Minutes (Great Writers in 90 Minutes Series)
  • Tolstoy in 90 Minutes
  • Poe in 90 Minutes
The Artist, the Philosopher, and the Warrior: The Intersecting Lives of Da Vinci, Machiavelli, and Borgia and the World They Shaped The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance Nietzsche in 90 Minutes Aristotle in 90 Minutes Plato in 90 Minutes

Share This Book