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Letter to His Father by Franz Kafka
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Apr 02, 14

Read in January, 2010

A sad, emotional, and heartfelt confrontation between Kafka and his father Hermann, Letter to His Father offers poignant insight into the life and childhood of an amazing existential writer.

Kafka is at his best here as he describes living in his father's shadow, and without his father's respect. If you already like Kafka, and even if you are not particularly keen on him, it's hard not to empathize with young Franz and appreciate his insights into his own family dynamic and special brand of maturity. This book is sad, real, and inspired me to think about all of the undelivered letters I could write to family members in order to better understand my own story.

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