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Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
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Metamorphosis

by Franz Kafka

99 ratings, 15 reviews

Franz Kafka's novella The Metamorphosis, published in 1915, opens with one of the most famous lines in fiction: "As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect." The creature has also been translated as "vermin," "cockroach," or "beetle," an ambiguity which is as inherent to rest of the work. The Metamorphosis follows Gregor's interaction with his family, his job, and society. It's been studied inside and out, and taught in schools for generations.

Everyone has a different opinion of what it means: the Freudians, the Marxists, the Postmodernists…. but the general consensus is that it's a brilliant portrayal of alienation, betrayal and self-sacrifice. Kafka doesn't go on a philosophical rant about the fate of man, rather he perfectly encapsulates it in a brilliantly dark and comic masterpiece, all in succinct, deadpan language.

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Elliot Doyle

June 28, 2014

Im on page 20and i love it i hope it stayes this awesome

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Helen Warner

December 25, 2013

Thought provoking tale of what it is to be human. If our outer shell completely changes, how much of our inner self remains human? Kafka's story is one of morality, compassion and life's daily struggle to cope and survive.

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Dan Woolton

June 19, 2013

A damning allegory revealing how closely aesthetics and compassion are linked. The characters even behave in a more sympathetic way than one would first expect, making the reader feel all the more guilty. All in all, metamorphosis is not only a thought provoking novel that pushes morality to the limit but also a fairy entertaining read too

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Rachel Leduc

February 26, 2013

It showed a lot about what u give and what u get. Also really taking the time to understand something as opposed to taking it at face value

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S H

September 05, 2012

Great story but sad in the end :(

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Boghian Iuliana

September 01, 2012

i liked it, a book with good morals

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Brian Carlin

August 16, 2012

The greatest story, if not the best translation, of what it means to be human...exploring issues of identity and personality and relationships in a sort of disneyesque-anthropomorphisation-in-reverse way. One of the great pieces of the last century

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David Williams

August 07, 2012

Interesting investigation of the human condition. How much do we sympathise and what causes this sympathy to disappear. Also a really poignant message about how carers feel about those they care for.

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June 15, 2012

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Meredith Criss

June 12, 2012

It was weird... But slightly interesting

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Mary Watson

April 25, 2012

It was so scary,I love it

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Sarah Osei-Bonsu

December 29, 2011

Wonderfully descriptive & intelligent

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τασος παπακωνσταντινου

November 13, 2011

A beautiful allegorical story ...

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Kakah Akhenaton

August 23, 2011

A nice story with good moral value in it. Nothing epic though.

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Ellie Nelson

June 03, 2011

Good!