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Franz Kafka's the Castle (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)

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Hardcover, 159 pages
Published December 1st 1988 by Chelsea House Publications
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Jay Magidson
Warning, this book was never completed in Kafka's lifetime. I didn't know this, or didn't pay attention when I read it. Then it kind of ended in a weird way, I went back to the description and understood. I was disappointed for some time afterwords. This is one of the strangest disturbing books I've ever read. Its mood is nightmarish, the characters are like ghosts walking in mud. I read it years ago and it still sticks in my head. Amazing writer.

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Kafka, Franz. THE CASTLE. (1922; this ed. 2010). ****. We had to read Kafka’s works in college – 50 years ago – and this was one of the books. Back then, I was terrified of exam time coming up. I had no idea what his books were about, but he had become an icon among modern writers. It can be approached and interpreted on several levels – or all such attempts might be bogus. There is no story here, per se – and certainly no plot. The hero is a man named K. who has been summoned by the count of a ...more
I found this novel difficult, yet rewarding to read. To me it is an allegorical tale of a man's struggle to gain an understanding of, and communication with, god. The castle represents a higher power that everyone must be subservient to. Those that do question its authority are ostracized from the community. K. spends the entire book struggling to come terms with the many layers of process, or doctrine, that the castle presses on its people. The novel is difficult because understanding all of Ka ...more
Could not get into this book. It's a strange story and gets into deeply absurd situations in what may have been authentic social environments in the Europe of early twentieth century. I went through half the story and lost interest. I was also turned off by the fact that Kafka did not finish the story, nor did he want to publish it. Kafka is well known as a critic of society's oppression of the individual. In Castle, the inhabitants of the village show an extreme form of submission and acceptanc ...more
Brian Wilson
Dark, surreal and humourous tale about a man who struggles to fight against a strange, illogical system in order to finally make his way into 'The Castle'; an institution he knows as little about as he does anything else. Should be noted that since Kafka died in the middle of his writing, none of his three novels were ever completed. The book cuts off mid-sentence, but for some reason I felt like it actually worked with the overall tone of the book. Not for everyone, but if you get into it you'l ...more
I feel that the Castle got off to a strong start, but failed to maintain that throughout it's length, as I found the increasingly long monologues given by seemingly every character rather, well, tedious. That said, it's always interesting to read a book where you can guarantee that the main character won't succeed at his goal!
Unfinished novel from the man who dared to criticize the works of James Joyce. Going to have to read some heavy analytical works to get to the bottom of this one. Allegorical definitely. Autistic, possibly? First exposure to David Lynch's favorite author. 'The Trial' is next...then the infamous Metamorphosis.
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I tried to love it. I wanted to like it. I didn't. I couldn't get into it at all and ended up just giving up completely. Sad day.
astounding representation of man's agony and helplessness.....
Andrea Aramu
I have read it in Italian.
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Bloom is a literary critic, and currently a Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University. Since the publication of his first book in 1959, Bloom has written more than 20 books of literary criticism, several books discussing religion, and one novel. He has edited hundreds of anthologies.
More about Harold Bloom...
Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle (Modern Critical Interpretations) Aldous Huxley's Brave New World (Bloom's Guides) Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird (Bloom's Guides) The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

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