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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
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Jan 02, 13

Read from November 16 to 22, 2011, read count: 1

Gregor Samsa awakes from a bad dream, into a nightmare.Stuck in his bed, this traveling salesman, has overnight been transformed. Gregor is now a hideous bug. Dung beetle ,a cockroach , does it matter?He has missed his train, in more ways than one.But Samsa, is a real trooper, still thinks he can make that business trip!Eventually getting off the bed with just a small crash.Opening the locked door and moving around in his many, new, little legs.The parents and sister are shocked, at his appearance. The office manager arrives to see what happened .Big mistake, he spots Samsa and is out the door without a word spoken(twitching a little).Now the "Bug" becomes a burden to his family,after years of Gregor supporting them, all by himself(a job he hated).They hide him in his room.Feeding the "monstrous vermin", leftover garbage from their table.A menu the bug prefers.Months pass and it becomes obvious that something has to give. The reader must decide is Samsa a real dung beetle, or is he mentally ill?
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Stephen Nice review, Henry. It me me two readings over several years before I really loved this story.

message 2: by Henry (last edited Nov 25, 2011 12:20AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Henry Avila Thanks Stephen,I always appreciate compliments.Henry

Traci Better man than me. I just did not like the story. Think my problem is I just don't like Kafka.

Henry Avila Kafka is a very bleak writer,Traci.But a great one.

Garima Nice review, Henry. I loved this story but I need to read more Kafka in order to fully grasp the meaning of Kafkaesque.

Henry Avila Yes, Kafka is an interesting author, Garima. But very dark...

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