Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis

eBook - 2014
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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka is often cited as one of the seminal works of short fiction of the 20th century and is widely studied in colleges and universities across the western world; Elias Canetti described it as "one of the few great and perfect works of the poetic imagination written during this century." The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into a monstrous insect. Rather than lament his transformation, Gregor worries about how he will get to his job as a traveling salesman; Gregor is the sole financial provider for his parents and sister, Greta, and their comfort is dependent on his ability to work.
Publisher: [United States] : Start Publishing LLC : Made available through hoopla, 2014
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
ISBN: 9781609775704
1609775708

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May 14, 2015

This story is unusual and annoying in that Kafka apparently enjoys anti-heroes. And Gregor is certainly an anti-hero in this quick read. The story begs many questions (how did that happen and why? are certainly the two biggest ones), but the one that bothers me most is why didn't he try to do something about it? Gregor pretty much just takes it as it is and then proceeds to want everyone to do everything and accept the situation. I could see how the story could be an allegory, but mostly I found it frustrating. Some people do not think the family handled it well, but I thought they did a pretty good job considering the circumstances. Anyhow, it was interesting, and I'm glad it was a short read as I probably wouldn't have read something longer if the character was such an anti-hero. I'm just not fond of weak characters.

nadian May 23, 2009

This story is so odd that I still do not know what to think of it. It was by no means an easy book to read, despite it's length, nor was it particularly profound initially, however I am still undecided.

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janetlrod Feb 07, 2013

about a guy who wakes up one day to find he is an insect. he can't communicate with his family, but he understands everything they say. they don't know he can understand them. he dies, and pretty much that is the end. very short story.

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Nahnsu Jul 10, 2013

"One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin."

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