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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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.
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
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
September 05, 2012
Great story but sad in the end :(
September 01, 2012
i liked it, a book with good morals
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
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.
June 15, 2012
June 12, 2012
It was weird... But slightly interesting
April 25, 2012
It was so scary,I love it
December 29, 2011
Wonderfully descriptive & intelligent
November 13, 2011
A beautiful allegorical story ...
August 23, 2011
A nice story with good moral value in it. Nothing epic though.
June 03, 2011