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Franz Kafka's the Metamorphosis (Writers of English)

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A collection of critical essays on Kafka's novel, arranged chronologically in the order of their original publication.
Hardcover, 149 pages
Published by Chelsea House Publications (first published March 1988)
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Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Weird, funny, sad ..... but kinda overrated I think.
Elvin Meng
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is not The Metamorphosis itself, but a collection of critical essays on the story, edited with an introduction by the famous Harold Bloom. The essays are all comprehensible and in high quality, with Bloom's introduction probably the most profound part of the book. A good read, and wonderful for getting inspirations for papers, as the essays come from a vast range of critical perspectives. Probably not for the casual reader of Kafka though.
Aiden Dunnigan
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This short story is one of my favorites. I wasn't sure if this week's Goodreads posts were meant to be our favorite children's book authors or our favorite authors period so I will do some of each. Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" is great. Gregor is someone I have been able to relate to in the past and I get wrapped up in the tragedy of this story. Even through the translation, Kafka has written a great piece here.
Momina Masood
Apr 11, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mcis
There are the Modern Critical Interpretations and then there are the Bloom's Guides. I couldn't find the MCI pdf anywhere so had to make do with this guide which does not touch upon anything significant whatsoever. Disappointing.
It made me think more of Water for Elephants. If he would have been like the grandfather instead of the son the story would have resembled the burdens a person places on a family as he gets closer to death - and still got in that industrial workplace woes and the Jewish woes.
Matthew Morris
Overglorified by first year lit students, that want to sound smart because they can reference Kafka.
Nov 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Enjoyed this, but must confess some of difficult to comprehend.
Shelfari Moved
Dec 01, 2016 rated it liked it
the buk was lil in4mative...4 ap lit summer hw
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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.
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