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The Trial by David Zane Mairowitz
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My first impression of this graphic novel version of "The Trial" was positive--but then I went back and re-read Kafka's book.

Certainly the sense of ominousness comes across in Montellier's drawings, but they are too heavy-handed and lack the subtleness of the layers in the original. I felt especially that Joseph K was way too solid and overbearing. The illustrations did not at all convey the way he fades gradually out his his life and into a state of total passive uncertainty. There are also too many classic comic book touches that don't at all illuminate Kafka's words or story.

Were this a totally original work it would have more merit. But it is a distorted and inferior reflection of the book Franz Kafka wrote. Read the original.
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Reading Progress

Started Reading
August 1, 2009 – Finished Reading
August 31, 2009 – Shelved
July 5, 2010 – Shelved as: fiction
August 8, 2010 – Shelved as: graphic-novel
October 20, 2010 – Shelved as: re-reading-the-classics

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