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A collection of Franz Kafka's classic works. Includes: The Castle; The Trial; Metamorphosis and Other Stories Alternate edition of ISBN-13: 9781840227260 A collection of Franz Kafka's classic works. Includes: The Castle; The Trial; Metamorphosis and Other Stories Alternate edition of ISBN-13: 9781840227260


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A collection of Franz Kafka's classic works. Includes: The Castle; The Trial; Metamorphosis and Other Stories Alternate edition of ISBN-13: 9781840227260 A collection of Franz Kafka's classic works. Includes: The Castle; The Trial; Metamorphosis and Other Stories Alternate edition of ISBN-13: 9781840227260

30 review for The Essential Kafka: The Castle; The Trial; Metamorphosis and Other Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brittany (whatbritreads)

    Listen, I only read this chunky volume because it’s been sitting on my shelf staring at me for over three years. I had higher expectations and was not expecting to be so CONFUSED. I don’t have a big enough brain for this and I refuse to Google it so.. make of these mini reviews what you will. PS - I have no idea what genres these short stories fall into but they're bizarre so? The Trial – 2* This was just confusing, I thought I understood what was going on and then I just didn’t again. I think that Listen, I only read this chunky volume because it’s been sitting on my shelf staring at me for over three years. I had higher expectations and was not expecting to be so CONFUSED. I don’t have a big enough brain for this and I refuse to Google it so.. make of these mini reviews what you will. PS - I have no idea what genres these short stories fall into but they're bizarre so? The Trial – 2* This was just confusing, I thought I understood what was going on and then I just didn’t again. I think that’s the point but I didn’t like it. It was boring and too long and I didn’t really care. The true meaning of this was definitely lost on me, the writing/translation was good though. The Castle – 1* I thought The Trial was too long, confusing and boring – imagine my pain pushing myself through this one. It felt exactly the same but different. Couldn’t tell you a thing about this it was so rambly and jumpy. Again, no idea what this meant. Metamorphosis – 4* FINALLY a good time after 455 pages of nonsense. Much easier to follow, made me laugh due to how bizarre it is. Had a good time, it was easy to read and well written. Quick and to the point, made me uneasy but in a good way. Still gonna be honest though – no idea what Kafka is going for in terms of meaning of metaphor. But my emotions were positive. In the Penal Colony – 3* This was disturbing and I’m not sure in which was I mean that. Thankfully though it was really short. I understood it well enough, but I don’t know if I understood it. Recurring theme here. The Judgment – 2* ??????????????????????? Letter to my Father – 4* This I could’ve read an entire book of, it was way more open and honest. I guess because it wasn’t really a piece of fiction but a personal one. I really enjoyed it, it was very tender. It discussed vulnerability, power, double standards etc from an authority figure that I enjoyed reading about. Was quite sad, but in a nice way. (Also included several very short pieces of writing that I didn’t rate or have much of an opinion on.) So, that was my first and last experience of Franz Kafka. If you ask me this time next week about my opinion on any of these pieces I’ll tell you quite frankly I don’t remember a thing other than giant insects and being a bad father. It was a weird one, but at least it no longer burdens my TBR.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Louise Atkin

    I genuinely adore Kafka and I'm so glad I got to read a lot of his work this month. This collection contains some of his most well known works such as The Trial, The Castle, and The Metamorphosis. As for it being 'essential' though, I was disappointed that it doesn't contain The Hunger Artist because that's a story I really wanted to read. I read everything in here apart from the last half of The Castle because I wasn't enjoying the translation, and so I'm going to find a better translation of it I genuinely adore Kafka and I'm so glad I got to read a lot of his work this month. This collection contains some of his most well known works such as The Trial, The Castle, and The Metamorphosis. As for it being 'essential' though, I was disappointed that it doesn't contain The Hunger Artist because that's a story I really wanted to read. I read everything in here apart from the last half of The Castle because I wasn't enjoying the translation, and so I'm going to find a better translation of it and read that story again. However, I fell in love with The Trial and thought it was eerie, bleak and provided a dark portrayal of authoritarian rule. What works in this collection is the way many of Kafka's works connect with each other, such as A Letter to my Father which gives a bit of background to why Kafka's settings are very patriarchal and dominating. Though I'm sad this wasn't the best translation I could've got I still absolutely loved reading these and think he's one of my favourite writers now. I'm only knocking off a star simply because I couldn't finish the Castle and there were more stories of Kafka's that I think should've been included. If you're new to Kafka or want to try him out, definitely read the stories in this collection. He is a brilliant, tortured writer who grasps the absurdity of existence with a strange ease.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Patrick.G.P

    The Trial: Kafka’s The Trial follows Josef Ks nightmarish journey to uncover the truth behind his own arrest, and the story is both humorous and disturbing to read. Through a labyrinthine law system, filled with menacing law students and lawyers who view themselves as royalty, Ks struggle is in vain. The Trail refers not only to his upcoming court procedures, but his endeavor to grasp what is happening to him and why. Much of the story works on several levels, with metaphors and questions that ha The Trial: Kafka’s The Trial follows Josef Ks nightmarish journey to uncover the truth behind his own arrest, and the story is both humorous and disturbing to read. Through a labyrinthine law system, filled with menacing law students and lawyers who view themselves as royalty, Ks struggle is in vain. The Trail refers not only to his upcoming court procedures, but his endeavor to grasp what is happening to him and why. Much of the story works on several levels, with metaphors and questions that have no clear answer. The Painter’s rendition of how the legal system works was downright brilliant, as not only is the court chambers located within hidden lofts, apartments and alleyways, but the law itself is obscure, and secretive to the extreme. Very well written, with some beautifully absurd moments and characters that will stay with me for a long time. The more I think about it, the more I liked it. Absolutely recommended. The Castle follows Ks journey to gain access to the castle above a small village, the quest seems never-ending and leads from absurd situation to the downright bizarre as Ks struggles to gain even knowledge about the castle and its officials. At first glance, the novel seems to be about an outsider trying to find his place in society, to gain acceptance by his neighbors and community. As with the Trial, there is so much more going on beneath the surface of the story. Again, the labyrinthine bureaucracy returns to make life an absurd joke of trying to tie of loose ends and meet the right official to gain but a fraction of leverage towards the ultimate goal. I found this novel to be a bit dry and at times almost dull, with long, unbroken monologues and dreary landscapes. But isn't that some of the point of the story perhaps, a farce, the ultimate symbol of life's absurdity and pointlessness? As with the Trial, it’s very hard to just let the novel go, and I think it will linger in the back of my mind for quite some time. The Metamorphosis is Kafka's most famous short story and tells the bizarre tale of Gregor Samsa's transformation into a giant beetle. The story is filled with existentialism, questions of self-worth and fear of authoritative figures. The story is sad, horrifying and at times darkly funny, such as the cleaning woman who tries to talk to him for no apparent reason. Kafka deals with heavy issues here as he makes us think of how we measure our being and our self-importance; through family, through work? Like his other stories, I am left with a sense of wonder and a lot to think about, as I feel his stories have a heavy retrospective impact. Truly excellent stuff. The Penal Colony is a shocking account of a European visitor to a French penal colony where he is presented with a machine that passes judgement and execution over prisoners. This extraordinary machine tattoos lines of text into the skin of the prisoner until he dies of it after some 6 hours of torture. No trial, no questions and no mercy. This story had some unbelievably unpleasant imagery and oppressive atmosphere. Kafka makes us think about justice, punishment and cultural differences throughout the story. As relevant now as it was when it was written in 1914. Unbelievable and horrifying, and perhaps the best Kafka story I have read so far! Highly recommended! The Judgement is a short story about an overbearing dominant father figure in the life of a young man. The narrative which starts out normal enough, quickly turns absurd and sad as the young man’s world view is put into question by his dominating father. Again, the themes of authoritarian fear, patriarchal fear and mistrust crop up witch leads us to the next piece in the book; A Letter to my Father seems to be the key to unlocking a lot of the riddles that pop up throughout his stories. Harrowing and very hard to read, this is a frail young man, opening his innermost thoughts and feelings to his psychologically abusive father. Paranoia, guilt, inadequacies, sexual repression, mistrust of authorities and contempt for religion all stems from his traumatized relationship with his father. It’s difficult to read, but essential to understanding Kafka’s tales and novels. This collection ends with a couple of his shorter stories, of which I liked Metaphors best. Reading Kafka for the first time has been a semi-religious experience for me, I felt really touched by the novels and stories and he has given me a lot to ponder over. Part horror, part weird fiction, Kafka is very difficult to put into a specific genre, but that is a good thing I think. Absolutely recommended!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nerdish Mum

    I might be being generous with three stars. I'll start by saying the particular cover we got on this books (The Wordsworth Classics version) was absolutely terrifying and as I had no idea what any of Kafka's stories were about, I didn't know what it was in reference to and I had all sorts of horrendous thoughts about what it could be. I'm going to be honest and say I was particularly disappointed in this book overall as I'd heard such wonderful things about Kafka's work but I really didn't think I might be being generous with three stars. I'll start by saying the particular cover we got on this books (The Wordsworth Classics version) was absolutely terrifying and as I had no idea what any of Kafka's stories were about, I didn't know what it was in reference to and I had all sorts of horrendous thoughts about what it could be. I'm going to be honest and say I was particularly disappointed in this book overall as I'd heard such wonderful things about Kafka's work but I really didn't think most of the stories were very good at all. The two that stood out to me were Metamorphosis and In The Penal Colony. I found both The Trial and The Castle felt unbearably long and rambling. I understood the concept but I thought it was poorly executed. Josef K from The Trial bumbles around trying to figure things out but to me gets tied up and obsessing over the most random things that should have no bearing on what is happening, but turn out to be pivotal in the story. The same happens in The Castle in which K bumbles around trying to figure out how to get to the castle and for some reason marries a bar wench whom he falls in and out of love with at the drop of a hat. What makes The Castle worse than The Trial though is that is is unfinished, it literally stops mid sentence. There is no conclusion so everything you had slogged through reading to that point was, well pointless. Metamorphosis was enjoyable though it had it's own problems. The main problem being that if I woke up one morning as a giant cockroach, then I think I would have more of a reaction that wondering how I'm going to get myself out of bed! Also I hope if I ever did wake up as a cockroach one day, that my family would treat me much better than Gregor's did. In The Penal Colony was definitely my favourite out of all the short stories in this book. The detail that is gone into by the officer and the passion that he describes the execution device is incredible and the thought that has gone into it is kind of terrifying. Overall sadly very disappointed with Kafka, but I can now at least say I've read him.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Diāna

    Kafka's 20th century world comes from a threatening existential experience. The experience (closely described in the "Letter to my Father") disturbs his being in the world in a meaningful way. All of his works: "The Trial", "The Castle", "Metamorphosis", and other stories comes in a form of distorted reality due to ones inner suffering, alienation, corruption, and abuse of power. Often Kafka touches upon ones inability to form meaningful relationships, which was one of the most disrupting parts Kafka's 20th century world comes from a threatening existential experience. The experience (closely described in the "Letter to my Father") disturbs his being in the world in a meaningful way. All of his works: "The Trial", "The Castle", "Metamorphosis", and other stories comes in a form of distorted reality due to ones inner suffering, alienation, corruption, and abuse of power. Often Kafka touches upon ones inability to form meaningful relationships, which was one of the most disrupting parts of his existence. His self-reflection in writing describes his inability to overcome his own darkness that continuously surrounds him. His romanticization of death can be seen in most of his writing, and is his way of ending the absurd. He often reflects on over-sensitivity as a flaw and anxiety as an inner confusion mechanism. At the same time, he reflects on overworked society losing itself in meaningless jobs, slaving their life away. In "The Judgement" he admits that we must think of a new way of life. All of the writing ties together once you reach "Letter to my Father" which I'd call the best bonus of reading all his works in a single copy. His struggle for existence created one of the most insightful writings on inner-suffering. "Letter to my Father" was one of the most vulnerable pieces I have ever read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    عماد العتيلي

    ‎‫‏‬‬‬‬‬‬ • I wrote separate reviews for every novel and story in this book: The Trial, The Castle, The Metamorphosis, In the Penal Colony, The Judgement, and Letter to My Father. It was quiet a ride! My feelings towards Kafka are expressed in the following gifs! I’m not crazy... Believe me! I’M NOT CRAZY! I’M NOT CRAAAAAAAZY!!!!!!!!!! ‎‫‏‬‬‬‬‬‬ • I wrote separate reviews for every novel and story in this book: The Trial, The Castle, The Metamorphosis, In the Penal Colony, The Judgement, and Letter to My Father. It was quiet a ride! My feelings towards Kafka are expressed in the following gifs! I’m not crazy... Believe me! I’M NOT CRAZY! I’M NOT CRAAAAAAAZY!!!!!!!!!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Beatrice

    Kafka's "Metamorphosis" resonated with me on an unexpected level. I enjoyed the ambiguity of its implications, allowing a reader to determine his/her personal lens through which to examine it. Kafka writes intelligently, furthermore believing his readers are intelligent. Being challenged, therefore, to understand his concepts from various angles was a refreshing form of reading. I enjoyed "The Hunger Artist" and "Parables", finding "The Country Doctor" to be confusingly intriguing. I haven't rea Kafka's "Metamorphosis" resonated with me on an unexpected level. I enjoyed the ambiguity of its implications, allowing a reader to determine his/her personal lens through which to examine it. Kafka writes intelligently, furthermore believing his readers are intelligent. Being challenged, therefore, to understand his concepts from various angles was a refreshing form of reading. I enjoyed "The Hunger Artist" and "Parables", finding "The Country Doctor" to be confusingly intriguing. I haven't read many short stories in the past, yet these have inspired in me a longing to do so.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Manuel Antão

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Dream Court: "The Essential Kafka: The Castle; The Trial; Metamorphosis and Other Stories" by Franz Kafka, Keith Carabine (Ed.), John R. Williams (Trans.) Reading this omnibus edition of Kafka’s major works, a little more occurs to me concerning Kafka's literary skill. I may have gotten away from it a bit but one should keep in mind that Kafka, very pragmatically keeps us wavering between the simultaneity of the dream world and the real If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Dream Court: "The Essential Kafka: The Castle; The Trial; Metamorphosis and Other Stories" by Franz Kafka, Keith Carabine (Ed.), John R. Williams (Trans.) Reading this omnibus edition of Kafka’s major works, a little more occurs to me concerning Kafka's literary skill. I may have gotten away from it a bit but one should keep in mind that Kafka, very pragmatically keeps us wavering between the simultaneity of the dream world and the real world, of a dream court with the psychological trappings of it, and a vague kind of real court with the legal trappings of one, and between an actor, Joseph K, who navigates perfectly simultaneously between the dream world he is living through and the real world he lives in. The effect of the interacting simultaneous worlds, neither of which can become dominant, both of whose logics have to be convincingly accounted for at all times, is an unparalleled and unequaled tour de literary force.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Do Heuff

    Eerily recognizable working in a modern service environment. I related to Kafka when I found out that his former employer Assicurazioni Generali is also my former employer. In Letter to my father he shortly describes the power abusive situation he encountered there. Not only made this help me understand his haunting story environments better, but it also gave me strength to face the modern day absurdities without feeling guilty. When reading about characters mindlessly repeating the same pattern Eerily recognizable working in a modern service environment. I related to Kafka when I found out that his former employer Assicurazioni Generali is also my former employer. In Letter to my father he shortly describes the power abusive situation he encountered there. Not only made this help me understand his haunting story environments better, but it also gave me strength to face the modern day absurdities without feeling guilty. When reading about characters mindlessly repeating the same patterns because they are conditioned to think that’s the way it’s done, like the father of Barnabas and Amalia in The Castle, even while it is leading to his own physical downfall, I realized how necessary it is to bring sanity back in our own everyday life. Perhaps a life changing book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alison Bent

    Wow that was hard going.. interesting though

  11. 5 out of 5

    Eduard Gafton

    The Trial A Little Fable A Commentary The Trial A Little Fable A Commentary

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jane Greensitt

    A good read, forces are out there working against us and changes are happening which we can't control. We can watch how things unfold but are quite often powerless to prevent the inevitable. A good read, forces are out there working against us and changes are happening which we can't control. We can watch how things unfold but are quite often powerless to prevent the inevitable.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Terry Barlow

    Was a Lovely Present. From a Very Special Person. Only Read One Kafka Book Before. In My Earlier Reading Life. Found it Hard to Get in to. Though After Visiting the Kafka Museum. Plus Reading This. Beg to Differ. Kafka Will Always be Part Of Praha. Hugely Influential to Many Writers. Past & Present. Kafka was a Very Complex Character. With Many Hangups. Don,t We All Though !. Was in Complete Awe of His Father. The Trial. Has Many Twists and Turns. Much Like Everybody,s Story. Reminds Me A Lot o Was a Lovely Present. From a Very Special Person. Only Read One Kafka Book Before. In My Earlier Reading Life. Found it Hard to Get in to. Though After Visiting the Kafka Museum. Plus Reading This. Beg to Differ. Kafka Will Always be Part Of Praha. Hugely Influential to Many Writers. Past & Present. Kafka was a Very Complex Character. With Many Hangups. Don,t We All Though !. Was in Complete Awe of His Father. The Trial. Has Many Twists and Turns. Much Like Everybody,s Story. Reminds Me A Lot of Waiting For Godot. The Castle, constantly Reminds you of All the Bureaucracy which Exist. Was Surprised how Much i could Relate. To The Books. For Instance. As Before Mentioned. Was Ruled by Extremes. By His Father. My Dad was a Wonderful Man. But Kept Thinking. Been through this Myself. His Thoughts on Marriage, Was Interesting . I Have Never Married Myself. Know Where Kafka was Coming From. So Now I See Kafka in a Different Light. A Very Enjoyable Read. Who Can Give Insights in to Everyday Life.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tin Wee

    I found this book a very tough read. A collection of stories / essays - the long stories in particular Trial and Castle, I found particularly long and rambling. However, I acknowledge this also helped convey the feeling of helplessness and confusion felt by the protagonists as they seek to navigate a cold and impersonal system , and try to make sense of a world where responsibility is diffused among many minor officials and the true levers of power always just out of reach. I like metamorphosis I found this book a very tough read. A collection of stories / essays - the long stories in particular Trial and Castle, I found particularly long and rambling. However, I acknowledge this also helped convey the feeling of helplessness and confusion felt by the protagonists as they seek to navigate a cold and impersonal system , and try to make sense of a world where responsibility is diffused among many minor officials and the true levers of power always just out of reach. I like metamorphosis the best, where the themes of change/ role reversal are more readily apparent, while showing the irony of compacts struck personal growth is exchanged for provision of material wealth. Penal Colony and Judgement are quite tedious reads too - where outwardly whiny protagonists reveal their inner insecurities amidst change in a larger social order. This collection is very heavy reading, but packed full of layers which will need time to slowly peel back and think upon.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    So far I have only read The Trial. It is my first time reading Kafka and I have to admit I am loving it. In other reviews people are saying it is confusing and I understand that. The story is about the absurdity of the judicial system, its openess, its availability, its secrets. The trial is held not in a courtroom but in buildings/homes even throughout the town. The advocate hired to represent K conducts his business from the bedroom. Every person K comes into contact with whether some woman who is So far I have only read The Trial. It is my first time reading Kafka and I have to admit I am loving it. In other reviews people are saying it is confusing and I understand that. The story is about the absurdity of the judicial system, its openess, its availability, its secrets. The trial is held not in a courtroom but in buildings/homes even throughout the town. The advocate hired to represent K conducts his business from the bedroom. Every person K comes into contact with whether some woman who is flirting with him, a painter, a manufacturer, a priest they are all connected in some way to the judicial system. Either as another victim who has knowledge to impart or as someone working for the system. Never knowing his crime you are led through a confusing (intentional) journey mixed with humour although it is not humorous it is deeply dark and the ending unexpected. I've give it a 4 star as I havent completed the book yet.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ian Robinson

    tricky one. While clearly well written and deeply engaging, I found large segments of it hard to slog through. Mainly, the extensive monologues that pepper the text. I couldn't help but feel that, given the manuscript was left unfinished by Kafka before his death, it was missing drafting and editing. Nevertheless, the labyrinthine tale of K's attempt to find his way through the unfathomable phantom bureaucracy of the eponymous castle is one of frustration, insecurity, subservience, paranoia and tricky one. While clearly well written and deeply engaging, I found large segments of it hard to slog through. Mainly, the extensive monologues that pepper the text. I couldn't help but feel that, given the manuscript was left unfinished by Kafka before his death, it was missing drafting and editing. Nevertheless, the labyrinthine tale of K's attempt to find his way through the unfathomable phantom bureaucracy of the eponymous castle is one of frustration, insecurity, subservience, paranoia and officialdom is engaging. The little-detailed village, and the deliberately obscuring of the actual nature of the bureaucracy, lends the narrative not just a frustrating and ever-unreachable nature, but also makes it semi-mythical and timeless.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Madhav

    This collection is indeed the essential Kafka, as it collects The Trial, The Castle, Metamorphosis, In The Penal Colony, Letter To My Father and certain other stories. Almost all of these stories explore the feeling of existential anxiety, inadequacy and guilt, other than that there's also a bit of absurdity, moreover, they seem to be very person tales too. For me, this mixture of themes resulted in a slow-burn, which is something I have come to expect from classics, and it's undoubtedly a class This collection is indeed the essential Kafka, as it collects The Trial, The Castle, Metamorphosis, In The Penal Colony, Letter To My Father and certain other stories. Almost all of these stories explore the feeling of existential anxiety, inadequacy and guilt, other than that there's also a bit of absurdity, moreover, they seem to be very person tales too. For me, this mixture of themes resulted in a slow-burn, which is something I have come to expect from classics, and it's undoubtedly a classic-a classic worth every prickle.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Phillip

    Gave up at page 124 & resorted to looking on wikipedia for the rest of this & the other stories to see the plot & what happens & why etc Have decided to no longer read books that purport to have some deeper hidden meaning It's a difficult read, so rather than go through another 460 pages marked it down as finished Gave up at page 124 & resorted to looking on wikipedia for the rest of this & the other stories to see the plot & what happens & why etc Have decided to no longer read books that purport to have some deeper hidden meaning It's a difficult read, so rather than go through another 460 pages marked it down as finished

  19. 5 out of 5

    Adam Cook

    Short-stories were 4* but novellas were 2* so 3* overall. The short-stories were beautiful, funny and horrific in equal measure and i adored them. The novellas are...unfinished, as i was warned. But they also meander too much for me. I understand that the confusing nature of the novellas is a reference to bureaucracy but that doesn't exactly make it enjoyable to read. Short-stories were 4* but novellas were 2* so 3* overall. The short-stories were beautiful, funny and horrific in equal measure and i adored them. The novellas are...unfinished, as i was warned. But they also meander too much for me. I understand that the confusing nature of the novellas is a reference to bureaucracy but that doesn't exactly make it enjoyable to read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Edward

    Reviews: - The Trial - The Castle - The Metamorphosis and Other Stories Reviews: - The Trial - The Castle - The Metamorphosis and Other Stories

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tuathane

    I mean, come on. It’s Kafka. I do have to say, the Castle was not my favorite work, but the translation of The Trial, The Metamorphosis, and The Penal Colony was good. I did not finish A Letter to My Father, but may try again, at a later date. Short version, I enjoyed the book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alex L

    Two very excellent, albeit unfinished stories and some other interesting writings in a very different style. Really enjoyed the facetious bureaucratic logic of the worlds in the main stories and it's not hard to see their pervasive influence in many other works including the film Brazil Two very excellent, albeit unfinished stories and some other interesting writings in a very different style. Really enjoyed the facetious bureaucratic logic of the worlds in the main stories and it's not hard to see their pervasive influence in many other works including the film Brazil

  23. 4 out of 5

    Roos

    Review is about the castle

  24. 5 out of 5

    William

    So... this was weird! That's really the only way I can sum up these stories. Weird but in a good way. In a way that makes you wonder about authorities, bureaucracy, and life in general. So... this was weird! That's really the only way I can sum up these stories. Weird but in a good way. In a way that makes you wonder about authorities, bureaucracy, and life in general.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Fahad Ahmed

    Brilliant. As if it could be anything else.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Redheadreader

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I only read metamorphosis. What a quirky little story! I was amused by the way the everyday and mundane played out alongside the poor man waking up as a cockroach!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chris Vaz

    Dense as hell but thoroughly recommend giving it a go!

  28. 4 out of 5

    M.A.

    Worthy of the time spent.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Genna

    I have to confess, I didn't read all of this - in fact I only read "The Trial" and finishing that was an achievement in itself! Basically a story about a well-to-do bank official, Josef K. who is "arrested" in the first pages on a charge unknown then allowed to continue with his normal life whilst the unknown authorities continue their investigation into him. Josef meets with several characters throughout that really bare no significance and are often never mentioned again. He talks to people ab I have to confess, I didn't read all of this - in fact I only read "The Trial" and finishing that was an achievement in itself! Basically a story about a well-to-do bank official, Josef K. who is "arrested" in the first pages on a charge unknown then allowed to continue with his normal life whilst the unknown authorities continue their investigation into him. Josef meets with several characters throughout that really bare no significance and are often never mentioned again. He talks to people about his trial and tries to find some answers but never asks the most obvious question "of what have I been accused?" All characters, Josef included, have a two dimensional quality - they do not interact or behave like recognizable people. The story is less like a nightmare than a dreamscape where odd things happen often with no real consequence. I just found the whole thing muddling and irritating. I briefly started on "Metamorphosis" once I'd finished the Trial but after the first few pages I got the impression that it would be equally as vexing - man wakes up and is a giant insect so he just lies there pondering how he should get out of bed... hmmm, maybe I'll try again later but for now I'm just going to find a book with a good plot and convincing characters!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Vires

    Mixed feelings on this one, I enjoyed Metamorphosis the most (although I really did not understand the reaction of Gregor's family) but confess I had to give up on The Castle. There's a lot of obscure social etiquette and musing throughout most of the character interactions that I couldn't wade through any longer Mixed feelings on this one, I enjoyed Metamorphosis the most (although I really did not understand the reaction of Gregor's family) but confess I had to give up on The Castle. There's a lot of obscure social etiquette and musing throughout most of the character interactions that I couldn't wade through any longer

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