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Franz Kafka's The Castle by David Fishelson
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Jan 28, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: literature

It's hard to summarize Kafka, but here goes. K, the mysterious main character, has been summoned to do some land surveying for a nameless town. He's contracted by the Castle, the faceless bureaucratic organization that runs the town. The entire story follows K's increasingly desperate attempts to contact the Castle and begin his work. Kafka, not one for subtlety, fills the book with circular passages about the myriad bureaucratic processes, all ultimately futile and time consuming, that keep K where he is. In the meantime, K's personal life goes at lightning speed.
The process of reading Kafka is part of its point. As K goes nowhere, so too does the book. It's really quite maddening, but I respect it.

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