The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis

Book - 2009
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A novel about a man who finds himself transformed into a huge insect, and the effects of this change upon his life. This is a fantastic horror story about a hapless man who is turned into an insect. When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin. With this startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first sentence, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. It is the story of a young man who, transformed overnight into a giant beetlelike insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, a quintessentially alienated man. A harrowing -- though absurdly comic -- meditation on human feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and isolation, The Metamorphosis has taken its place as one of the most widely read and influential works of twentieth-century fiction.
Publisher: Edison, NJ : Chartwell Books, Inc., c2009.
ISBN: 9780785825128
Branch Call Number: FIC Kafka
Characteristics: 127 p. ; 19 cm.
Additional Contributors: Aaltonen, William
Alternative Title: Verwandlung. English


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Jun 21, 2019

This book was very interesting and unique. It was different from other books I have read and I enjoyed that. However, the language in the beginning of the story was a bit difficult to understand despite the fact it was translated and edited, but I was able to follow along. The story was quite easy despite its length. The book was a little too short and I felt like I wanted more because of how easy and interesting the storyline was. I felt like the scenes happened too quick and should have had more time to happen. have personally never read any of Frank Kafka’s writings but this book attracted me the most from other classics I heard of. The beginning was as if we were left on a cliffhanger since it started out saying Gregor, the main character, turned into a beetle-like insect. The theme of the story was very unique and different that can really attract people. I rate this book an 8 out of 10 stars. This is a great piece of literature. @YoumnaLovesBooks of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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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