The Metamorphosis, the Penal Colony, and Other Stories (Schocken Classics)
This collection brings together the stories that Kafka allowed to be published during his lifetime. To Max Brod, his literary executor, he wrote: “Of all my writings the only books that can stand are these.”
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He presents emotions, situations, and characters, which no matter how foreign in behavior, or state of mind, retain an unmistakable and comical resemblance to human nature. He takes what we all already “know” somewhere in our subconscious...more
From reading some of the other stories in the book (namely "In the Penal Colony", "Conversations with the Supplicant", "The Hunger Artist", and some pieces from the collection of "Meditati...more
"The Metamorphosis," "In the Penal Colony," and "The Judgment" are worth it alone. But Schocken includes three collections of short stories in this volume, all of them filled with amazing moments. "A Hunger Artist" might be my favorite, but there are many others that left me a little in awe of Kafka's abilities.
Reading Franz isn't particularly difficult, at least not most...more
What I did read, though, and what I want to comment on is the classic "Metamorphosis" novella.
First off, this translation (in comparison to the bit that I read off of the Gutenberg website) is much more vibrant and humorous. I remember standing reading the first page and laughing at the situation and the character's reactions. This is truly a wonderful introduction to what is current...more
Anyway, I love Kafka, and I can sort of understand how he makes some people feel icky and squishy, although that makes me wonder what books those people enjoy reading...Kafka makes points about the human condition and politics withe subtlety and metaphor, in ways that you need to think about and ponder, to allow layers of meaning to sink in. Just li...more
Kafka adopted this technique from, among others, the 19th century realist writers: Dickens, Dostoevsk...more
The Metamorphosis - Perhaps Kafka's most famous work, this story of a young man's physical transformation from man into insect saddened me more than anything. Depicting the man's forced...more
Which connects well to the psychological significance illuminated by Gilles DuLeuze and Felix Guattari- it is their interpretation th...more
I had wanted to read "The Metamorphosis" for a while now, and figured a collection of Kafka's short stories would be even more fun. Little did I know that he liked writing (and somehow publishing) lots of short, short short stories. Like one or two sentences. Many of them were just contemplations or observations, like a prose haiku or something. But often there is no difference in the world of the story from beginning t...more
It's unlike any other literature I've read, and I think I might have li...more
Macabre at times, but the underlying themes and ideas he is trying to get at are quite amazing.
the impetus for getting and reading this set of short stories
came from David Foster Wallace's essay about Kafka's sense of
I have to agree on this aspect. Kafka poses a very subtle and
dark humor that is more in line with every day life. Bad things
happen sometimes or the way a life is lived can be depressing
but such that you can't help but laugh at the futility of worrying.
The humor aside, his Meditations really do capture some int...more
Most of the stories descended into some kind of strange madness that I could see appealing to some and would have a great influence on them. However, this just fell out of my taste. I found it hard to follow the intention of the narrator on many of the stories and the sentences drove me a little bit mad.
That being said there were a few stories that stood out to me, In The...more