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The Trial by Franz Kafka
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May 30, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: classics, favourites, kafka-and-related

Quintissential Kafka, apparently prompted by an unexpected interrogation in a Berlin hotel room re his intentions re Felice, conducted by her and a couple of friends. Officials of a vague and unspecified court arrest K for an unspecified crime - but he never queries the charge. An endless stream of futile investigations and obscure legal practices ensue. A metaphor for exploring the meaning (or otherwise) of life, the burden of duty, and struggling to find salvation aided by the intercessions of dubious religions/priests? K’s helplessness is emphasised on occasions such as when he physically collapsed (at the law offices), when he can't understand an Italian dialect, and when the cathedral gets dark in the middle of the day.

Kafka was a fan of Dostoyevsky, and there are clear echoes of Crime and Punishment.

Two chapters, The Dream and Before the Law, were published separately in a collection of short stories known as A Country Doctor, which was then published with The Metamorphosis. See my Kafka-related bookshelf (http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/...).
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Franz Kafka
“it is not necessary to accept everything as true, one must only accept it as necessary.' 'A melancholy conclusion,' said K. 'It turns lying into a universal principle.”
Franz Kafka, The Trial

Franz Kafka
“Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested.”
Franz Kafka, The Trial

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doug bowman Good assessment of the book. The Trial just works on so many levels

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The life = Trail allegory was also discussed by Albert Campus in his Myth is Sisphyus. He also talked about Drovesky and Castle - you shall probably love it.

Cecily Doug, yes, it does (like all great literature and art).

Sidharth, thank you. I love Kafka's The Castle, and I've read and enjoyed some Camus, but not The Myth of Sisyphus (though I know the ancient Greek legend). Thank you.

Fernando Great, great, great review, Cecily....

Cecily Fernando wrote: "Great, great, great review, Cecily...."

Great, great, great compliment. Thank you, Fernando.

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