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Acclaimed graphic artist Peter Kuper presents a brilliant, darkly comic reimagining of Kafka’s classic tale of family, alienation, and a giant bug. Kuper’s electric drawings—which merge American cartooning with German expressionism—bring Kafka’s prose to vivid life, reviving the original story’s humor and poignancy in a way that will surprise and delight readers of Kafka a Acclaimed graphic artist Peter Kuper presents a brilliant, darkly comic reimagining of Kafka’s classic tale of family, alienation, and a giant bug. Kuper’s electric drawings—which merge American cartooning with German expressionism—bring Kafka’s prose to vivid life, reviving the original story’s humor and poignancy in a way that will surprise and delight readers of Kafka and graphic novels alike. “A brilliant illustrated adaptation of Franz Kafka’s famous story. It’s a real pleasure to read and one in which everyone will recognize the existential drama and uncanny wit of the original text."—Susan Bernstein, associate professor of comparative literature and German studies, Brown University


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Acclaimed graphic artist Peter Kuper presents a brilliant, darkly comic reimagining of Kafka’s classic tale of family, alienation, and a giant bug. Kuper’s electric drawings—which merge American cartooning with German expressionism—bring Kafka’s prose to vivid life, reviving the original story’s humor and poignancy in a way that will surprise and delight readers of Kafka a Acclaimed graphic artist Peter Kuper presents a brilliant, darkly comic reimagining of Kafka’s classic tale of family, alienation, and a giant bug. Kuper’s electric drawings—which merge American cartooning with German expressionism—bring Kafka’s prose to vivid life, reviving the original story’s humor and poignancy in a way that will surprise and delight readers of Kafka and graphic novels alike. “A brilliant illustrated adaptation of Franz Kafka’s famous story. It’s a real pleasure to read and one in which everyone will recognize the existential drama and uncanny wit of the original text."—Susan Bernstein, associate professor of comparative literature and German studies, Brown University

30 review for The Metamorphosis (Graphic Novel Adaptation)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anna Gutierrez

    A man wakes up one day to find he has been changed into a large insect. The story follows his efforts to deal with this, and his family's reaction to the change. But it's not just a story about a man turning into a insect, it's a clever way of writing about how a family would deal with the main breadwinner in the house becoming unable to work, the way a family reacts to someone who is disabled. It could also be an analogy for how a family treats a member of the family who is now old and needs to A man wakes up one day to find he has been changed into a large insect. The story follows his efforts to deal with this, and his family's reaction to the change. But it's not just a story about a man turning into a insect, it's a clever way of writing about how a family would deal with the main breadwinner in the house becoming unable to work, the way a family reacts to someone who is disabled. It could also be an analogy for how a family treats a member of the family who is now old and needs to be cared for. The man who is now a insect, is forced to live in his room, shut away from the world, for fear that he will frighten anyone who enters the house. The man who once provided for the family, and thought of them above himself, has now become a burden on them, as they are now short of money, and have to find employment. The once able and hard-working man, transformed into a insect, is now rejected, and his family blame him for their financial situation and the fact that they cannot move to a smaller house, because they need to have a room to keep him in. The descriptive quality of the writing is excellent, and although it is a sad and gruesome tale, it is also very funny in parts; I couldn't help laughing out loud a couple of times.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dov Zeller

    This is a great interpretation and adaptation of Kafka's Metamorphosis. The humor and the horror are duking it out in that great spy vs spy way (thank you Peter Kuper) , and sentimentality is beautifully burlesqued and still there is a shifty (shifting) emotional resonance in there. I love how reading this comic metamorphosis brings out parts of the prose I would not have weighted and makes me want to read the prose again and see what feels new. One of my favorite tales about literary folk is th This is a great interpretation and adaptation of Kafka's Metamorphosis. The humor and the horror are duking it out in that great spy vs spy way (thank you Peter Kuper) , and sentimentality is beautifully burlesqued and still there is a shifty (shifting) emotional resonance in there. I love how reading this comic metamorphosis brings out parts of the prose I would not have weighted and makes me want to read the prose again and see what feels new. One of my favorite tales about literary folk is the one where Kafka is reading the Metamorphosis aloud to Max Brod and laughing so hard he is doubled over and can barely finish. Thank you Kafka, for the pleasure you take in turning a poor, unsuspecting salesman into a desperate cockroach, and for your particular contribution in raising the sick and miserable absurdity of life to a comic art form. And thank you Kuper for reminding me that "high brow" and "low brow" are often wonderfully inscrutable twins when it comes to the greatest of stories, regardless of the form.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bookishbong Moumita

    One of the amazing read of this year ! Defiantly want to suggest everyone to read this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Havebooks Willread

    I've had this short classic "on my list" for so long, yet finally got around to reading it. It's one of those that I need time to sit and think about to try to figure out what it meant to me, and then go read other analyses to see what "the experts" say. What I'm getting out of it now, from my own reading, has to do with being known and appreciated for who we are rather than what's on the outside. It's rather a sobering read for me, to be honest. Do people appreciate and love us for what we do fo I've had this short classic "on my list" for so long, yet finally got around to reading it. It's one of those that I need time to sit and think about to try to figure out what it meant to me, and then go read other analyses to see what "the experts" say. What I'm getting out of it now, from my own reading, has to do with being known and appreciated for who we are rather than what's on the outside. It's rather a sobering read for me, to be honest. Do people appreciate and love us for what we do for them, or for who we are? I remember being horrified when reading a book about a woman who had a stroke and was unable to communicate in any way, but had full cognitive ability--trapped in her body. And then I read about Huntington's disease and was similarly horrified. This book rouses similar feelings. It makes me think of older people, no longer able to contribute, perhaps. Are they valued for who they are, or just for what they were able to contribute. People with mental illness. People who look different. What if you used to be slender but are now trapped in a body layered with fat, or you experience an accident resulting in severe scarring--are you now less worthy? And how does the perception of others affect how we see ourselves? Gregor increasingly lost his humanity as he realized the people he had thought were "his people" didn't see him for who he was, didn't after all appreciate (or even need) him--had never really appreciated him, in fact. And then we come to the idea that his family was perhaps going to be better off without him. In some way he had enabled them. . .had stunted their growth. Without him, they had to step up and take care of themselves and actually bloomed. This makes me think of parenting. This little book was so deep, it makes me think I'll come back to it someday and see it completely differently. Rather like Ellison's Invisible Man, I have a haunting feeling that at some point I'll have a lightbulb moment and realize "A-ha! NOW I get it!"

  5. 4 out of 5

    Asma

    "As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect " Surely it is one of the greatest books for Kafka. But what got me interested the most are the psychological reasons that let him write such a novel !! I've read some reviews of several names from writers to psychologists that were trying to understand the relationship between the father and the sun in the world of Kafka according to him ( to his real father) , Knowing that he wa "As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect " Surely it is one of the greatest books for Kafka. But what got me interested the most are the psychological reasons that let him write such a novel !! I've read some reviews of several names from writers to psychologists that were trying to understand the relationship between the father and the sun in the world of Kafka according to him ( to his real father) , Knowing that he wasn't pleased with the matter of fact that his son was completely passionated to writing !! I really feel curious of what is behind the obvious for this novel. Because when I knew that Kafka laughed reading his novel to his friends, I got surprised... I felt like this book exactly has a hidden part ! " Was he an animal, that music could move him so? ... " All what I got from the book is how really difficult to live detached from your self, feeling like you are not owning the body that you are carrying for your entirely life ! That your spiritual side isn't related with your physical side 💔 you wish things to be alright but it's not like that simple in your brain. Like there is a hell buried inside your mind! I really loved that book even thought the end of it broke my heart!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Allison Hurd

    I honestly don't know what to do with this. What was the point of it? I'm used to short stories exploring a strong message or character concept or "what if" scenario. This was a man who becomes a bug, who made no efforts after the first day to find harmony with his family, and they treated him like a cockroach. We listen to him as the family decides where furniture should go in his room, as he realizes he can climb walls, and as he sinks into neglect. And then he died. In good news, the narrator f I honestly don't know what to do with this. What was the point of it? I'm used to short stories exploring a strong message or character concept or "what if" scenario. This was a man who becomes a bug, who made no efforts after the first day to find harmony with his family, and they treated him like a cockroach. We listen to him as the family decides where furniture should go in his room, as he realizes he can climb walls, and as he sinks into neglect. And then he died. In good news, the narrator for Librivox was quite good at his role, I thought. I dunno, man. A lot of people have positive associations with this shame-ridden bug-man. I guess maybe I just don't excuse him from trying to take a proactive measure. So, life turned you into a bug. Now what? Stare out windows? Or be your buggy best?

  7. 5 out of 5

    David Alamillo

    The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka tells the story of a man that works really hard to provide for his family but one day he wakes up into a nightmare.He has become a insect. The metamorphosis takes place in a house hold with three family members Gregor the hard working son,Grete Gregors sister and his mom and dad. Gregor is a hard working man that takes care of his family and he is also very tired of his boss. Gregors boss makes him feel as if he is so little.One day when Gregor wakes up he is aw The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka tells the story of a man that works really hard to provide for his family but one day he wakes up into a nightmare.He has become a insect. The metamorphosis takes place in a house hold with three family members Gregor the hard working son,Grete Gregors sister and his mom and dad. Gregor is a hard working man that takes care of his family and he is also very tired of his boss. Gregors boss makes him feel as if he is so little.One day when Gregor wakes up he is awoken to a nightmare. Gregor is a big giant insect and he doesn't know it until his family starts to treat him like one. This book was a very awkward book but also sad at the same time. I really enjoyed reading it because there was a great deal of imagery that made me feel like there was a big insect next to me. I found myself feeling bad for Gregor,wondering how it would feel to be treated so low by everyone including his own family. My favorite part of the book was when Gregor was dreaming of yelling at his boss because his boss made him feel so little of himself. This book was a great, quick read that left me wondering why Gregor was turned into a insect and not anything else. I would recommend this book to adults and young adults because of the language that is said in this book. I would also recommend this book to anyone who can relate of being treated so small and think so little of them selves. There was nothing inappropriate in this book. But i would worn you to watch out for the language other then that its a great book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Divya

    The family of Greogor Samsa reminded me of an Indian family. Anything that goes against the mainstream culture or lifestyle is received with disgust and condemnation. In the end, Samsa's parents are proud of the vanity that their daughter displayed, which is akin to how my parents view women to be. If she is a pretty figure in a family gathering, behaving princess-like and garnering attention from suitors, she is perfect and only then brings pride to her family.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Samriddhi

    3.5 rounded off to 4 🌟 " As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. " - The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka The above line clearly tells what the book is about. Gregor Samsa a travelling salesman, wakes up one fine morning to find he transformed into a huge insect. To be very honest this was an awkward read according to me. It was mostly sad and weird. But how can you let go of such a read without deciphering an inner message? So I 3.5 rounded off to 4 🌟 " As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. " - The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka The above line clearly tells what the book is about. Gregor Samsa a travelling salesman, wakes up one fine morning to find he transformed into a huge insect. To be very honest this was an awkward read according to me. It was mostly sad and weird. But how can you let go of such a read without deciphering an inner message? So I have two explanations ~ 1. This book talks about how the insects are treated in this world. How anything they do are irritating for the human beings. If you read the book you'll get a better idea of it. 2. The way the person who was once the earning member of the family is now a burden for the same. Now if you read the book you'll understand how Gregor in his human form was a treasure for the family whereas when he turned into an insect was suddenly a burden. He was locked up in his room and was feared that if he showed up to outsiders he might frighten the latter. Though I am highly against those who treat people like this but at the end of the day we all know there exist some households that practice this. Thanks for reading ❤

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dominick

    Kuper's dark shading and expressionistic tone work well for an adaptation of this bizarre tale. I especially liked the subtle echo of Charlie Brown in Gregor Samsa's belly pattern--an idea R. Sikoryak also played on in his own Peanuts version of "The Metamorphosis." Even the use of different typefaces rather than hand lettering (except for some of Gregor's speech balloons) is effective in this tale of cold and selfish people. The lodgers all being physically identical and speaking in unison is a Kuper's dark shading and expressionistic tone work well for an adaptation of this bizarre tale. I especially liked the subtle echo of Charlie Brown in Gregor Samsa's belly pattern--an idea R. Sikoryak also played on in his own Peanuts version of "The Metamorphosis." Even the use of different typefaces rather than hand lettering (except for some of Gregor's speech balloons) is effective in this tale of cold and selfish people. The lodgers all being physically identical and speaking in unison is another nice touch. Anyway, overall, lots of great visual choices here; this is a genuine adaptation, not just an illustrated version of the story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    The Metamorphosis is the story of the young travelling salesman Gregor Samsa, who wakes up one morning to discover he has turned into a giant beetle. Gregor’s family is disgusted by this event, and he quickly becomes shut off from his family, his former life, and the world. The Metamorphosis is the story of Gregor adjusting to this change in his life and how his state affects his family and the way they live their lives. The illustrations were absolutely gorgeous. Everything about this book was p The Metamorphosis is the story of the young travelling salesman Gregor Samsa, who wakes up one morning to discover he has turned into a giant beetle. Gregor’s family is disgusted by this event, and he quickly becomes shut off from his family, his former life, and the world. The Metamorphosis is the story of Gregor adjusting to this change in his life and how his state affects his family and the way they live their lives. The illustrations were absolutely gorgeous. Everything about this book was perfectly planning out and executed. I really felt like the author was committed to making this a true work of art, and I think he did a wonderful job. Even the copyright page had me wanting to spend time reading it. This is only 80 pages long and only took me about 25 minutes to read front to back, taking my time to really look at all the illustrations, but after that I kept flicking back through, spending minutes at a time looking at my favourite drawings, finding all the little perfect details and just marvelling at how the concepts were balanced and presented so well. The style varies between typical cell presentation and these larger, fanciful illustrations which are used for the really important events, and in Gregor’s imagination sequence. The illustrations almost look like they were etched into the page, and have this fitting air of darkness and permanence to them. The use of typography was also really well done; there was this one occasion where you literally had to turn the page around 360 degrees to read the text, and it made the whole experience feel really immersive. As far as this working as an adaption of Kafka, I’m really not sure. I’ve never read any Kafka before; I’ve really wanted to read The Metamorphosis for ages, so I thought that this might be a good way to ease me into it. I’m not sure how correct I was on that front, in the end. I mean, I now have a good idea of the story, but its obviously not really comparable to reading it in the full text. I definitely felt like I ‘missed’ the point of the story, in a way? And I know it’s this really complex story that’s been written about literally hundreds and thousands of times and interpreted differently by loads of different people, but I found myself closing the book and sort of saying ‘soooo… what was the message there?’ I really felt like I missed the core of the story by not reading about it first. For that reason I think that this is probably more suited to people who have already read The Metamorphosis, and just want to explore the text in a different way. If nothing else, this is a stunningly beautiful book and an interesting way to approach a classic work of literature. I’m so glad I purchased this, and this it’s a great addition to any collectors library.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Myers Mystore

    For anyone wanting to read some Kafka-lite.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Summerlynn Avila

    Tittle : The Metamorphosis Authors : Peter Kuper The Metamorphosis by Peter Kuper informs us about a family that was selfish and non- loving. "The Metamorphosis takes place at Gregors house.The story begins with the main characters Gregor , his boss , his parents and his sister. Gregor is a travels man who needs his job because he needs to support his family. Gregor was late for work one morning , As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a Tittle : The Metamorphosis Authors : Peter Kuper The Metamorphosis by Peter Kuper informs us about a family that was selfish and non- loving. "The Metamorphosis takes place at Gregors house.The story begins with the main characters Gregor , his boss , his parents and his sister. Gregor is a travels man who needs his job because he needs to support his family. Gregor was late for work one morning , As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. His boss comes to his house and is wondering why he is not at work and he is worried about him because he is already on the edge of losing his job so he goes checks on him and that's when they discover his transformation. Gregors father tries to kill him by throwing multiple items at him and winds up knocking Gregor out. When Gregor awakes from his knock out, he is hungry he sees some milk and bread that Grete his sister left for him but spits it out because he didn't like it , he is attracted to garbage. His family did not understand him so he will have to get updated on some news by overhearing a conversation. Gregors mom and Grete were cleaning Gregors room when the dad got mad because he said they shouldn't be cleaning his room so that's when they decide to hire a cleaning lady. The cleaning lady tries hurting Gregor & the father joins. A month passed and gregor was getting old he could barley crawl and eat.He heard his sister playing the violin so he went out of the room thats when all the guessed heard him and tried to get rid of him and they werent paying the rent for that month.Thats when something big happen... My opinion on this book is that it was a really good chill book. My favorite part of this book was when everyone tried to hurt him and his mom stopped it every time.This book was a great book but I honestly think it could have been better. I would recommand this book to a teacher and her class.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rashmi Tonge

    This graphic novel is visual interpretation of The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. Metamorphosis is a story about the transformation of a traveling salesman into a gross, monstrous and repelling insect. It is also a story of metamorphosis of the attitude of the family when the bread-winner turns into an invalid. It is no easy task writing graphic novel based on one of the most famous stories of Franz Kafka. Peter Kuper has managed to create vivid, effective and engaging visual interpretation of "M This graphic novel is visual interpretation of The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. Metamorphosis is a story about the transformation of a traveling salesman into a gross, monstrous and repelling insect. It is also a story of metamorphosis of the attitude of the family when the bread-winner turns into an invalid. It is no easy task writing graphic novel based on one of the most famous stories of Franz Kafka. Peter Kuper has managed to create vivid, effective and engaging visual interpretation of "Metamorphosis" while still retaining the gore, shock and kafkaesque cynicism of the original story. The story also reminds me of a story in Indian mythology about a ruthless robber who is once asked by a sage why he does what he does. When he says he does it for his family, the sage asks him to go and ask his family whether they will take responsibility of his actions in afterlife. To his shock, his family refuses the responsibility for his actions. From then onwards, he leaves his shady profession and eventually ends up writing the famous epic The Ramayana of Valmiki. Although lacking the tragic, fatalistic and hopeless end, the story tells the same futility of selfless attachment anything and anyone.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sally Monem

    Metamorphosis, the graphic novel, was illustrated by Peter Kuper. The graphic novel follows the storyline of the classic novel, however it takes away the large amount of details that are present in the novel. Metamorphosis is the story of a man by the name of Gregor who one day wakes up and realizes he is a cockroach. The graphic novel beautifully illustrates the treacherous tale of how Gregor struggled with his new found situation, and with how his family dealt with this huge burden. The graph Metamorphosis, the graphic novel, was illustrated by Peter Kuper. The graphic novel follows the storyline of the classic novel, however it takes away the large amount of details that are present in the novel. Metamorphosis is the story of a man by the name of Gregor who one day wakes up and realizes he is a cockroach. The graphic novel beautifully illustrates the treacherous tale of how Gregor struggled with his new found situation, and with how his family dealt with this huge burden. The graphic novel I thought went perfectly with how I had pictured the book. My favorite part of the whole illustrated tale was how Kuper portrayed the scene in which Gregor was describing his financial situation. In the novel, Gregor describes how his family is in debt, and he is working in a sales company to pay off the debt. However, in the graphic novel, Kuper illustrates this aspect of the novel in one beautiful picture. A picture of an hourglass with Gregor stuck in between, slowly passing through. Above him there was what looked like small shreds of money, and same with below him. This image portrayed everything Gregor had to do, while added only a small snip it of text. Throughout the whole graphic novel I think that Kuper's illustrations of the story, much like this picture above, tells the tale of Gregor's misfortune perfectly.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marsha

    Frank Kafka’s dark surreal vision is given an appropriately skewed graphic treatment. Gregor Samsa’s plight is either a descent into madness or a sad commentary on the transient nature of a wasted life. Samsa believed that all his self-sacrifice as a salesman meant that he was providing for his family. But when he is stricken with a strange transformation (a metaphor for deformity, illness, insanity or crippling injury?), he proves peripheral to his family. They carry on without him, managing fi Frank Kafka’s dark surreal vision is given an appropriately skewed graphic treatment. Gregor Samsa’s plight is either a descent into madness or a sad commentary on the transient nature of a wasted life. Samsa believed that all his self-sacrifice as a salesman meant that he was providing for his family. But when he is stricken with a strange transformation (a metaphor for deformity, illness, insanity or crippling injury?), he proves peripheral to his family. They carry on without him, managing finances, household chores and provender quite well without his help. It’s clear he has become a nuisance, an unwitting terror and a dangerous pest when all he wants is to show how much he loves them. It’s a twisted tale, all right, but at the end, when Gregor’s family shows their not-so-secret relief at his death, you wonder who the monsters really are. This sad fable of a lost life is here adapted by Peter Kuper in rough etchings of black and white. Facial features are distorted as if seen from an insectile eye and text scrawls and crawls on the page, much like the creepings of a bug. The tale is bizarre with darkness lurking at its corners and tragedy gradually creeping from center stage to a dusty corner and the drawings take you spiraling down into its narrow hole.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mariah

    This was a fairly great graphic novel in my opinion. The art is astoundingly amazing, and the way the text is incorporated into the panels is so interesting. I did find it a little hard to follow if you aren't giving each panel your full attention, but even if you don't you'll catch the idea of it. Mainly the story is about how the Main character goes from being the bread winner to burden, and you see the family struggle to deal with what change their son had to go through, which gives them the This was a fairly great graphic novel in my opinion. The art is astoundingly amazing, and the way the text is incorporated into the panels is so interesting. I did find it a little hard to follow if you aren't giving each panel your full attention, but even if you don't you'll catch the idea of it. Mainly the story is about how the Main character goes from being the bread winner to burden, and you see the family struggle to deal with what change their son had to go through, which gives them the metamorphic idea. It's very interesting to see that in the end of the story even though their is a huge negative force in their lives, they finally see the positive as they move on from their sad poor lives to one full of dreams and new goals. (SPOILER ALERT!!!!!) I don't really like how the main character dies... I was kind of hoping he would have just malted and watched his family from afar in their new life while he lived his. I would recommend this to someone who is having a bad day because they are obviously having it worse than you, people that enjoy oddly connectable far out stories, and man-sized insects. I don't really know what the novel is like, but it you check it out and think it's worth the read let me know.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Arya Moaref

    Summary The Metamorphosis is really about a man who wakes up one day to realize that he is a cockroach. His family does not accept him from then on and he is the only one who does the bulk of moneymaking. Yet none of his family members want him and by the end not only do they want him to die but also his dad actually tries to murder him at one point. Review I felt like the beginning was nice in how the author shows what it would be like to be a cockroach and he really does a great job of showing t Summary The Metamorphosis is really about a man who wakes up one day to realize that he is a cockroach. His family does not accept him from then on and he is the only one who does the bulk of moneymaking. Yet none of his family members want him and by the end not only do they want him to die but also his dad actually tries to murder him at one point. Review I felt like the beginning was nice in how the author shows what it would be like to be a cockroach and he really does a great job of showing the reaction of the main character. Yet I feel that it couldn't be possible for a family to hate their son so much when he changed. I would think that they would accept him no matter what and it was very interesting to see how each of them reacted to his change. The ending is extremely powerful in the way that he dies and his family doesn’t really seem to care about his death. This angered me that he did everything for his family and they really did nothing in return. The book was a good one but I feel like it is not my type of book. I would rather read books that are action paced and then I would never get bored.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Matt Ryan

    One day, a man wakes up in his bed to find that he is no longer human, and that he is now a bug. The story covers his discoveries about himself, and how he adapts to the change, but mostly, the effect it has on his family and people around him. Arguments are had between them, whether they should be taking care of the bug or not. All the while, the main character in bug form is trying to piece all of this together. This novel dragged me in just by hearing "Man wakes up and he is a bug". Its a simp One day, a man wakes up in his bed to find that he is no longer human, and that he is now a bug. The story covers his discoveries about himself, and how he adapts to the change, but mostly, the effect it has on his family and people around him. Arguments are had between them, whether they should be taking care of the bug or not. All the while, the main character in bug form is trying to piece all of this together. This novel dragged me in just by hearing "Man wakes up and he is a bug". Its a simple plot, but very interesting at the same time. It was interesting to see how the main character viewed his life, and the effects that his change was having on his family. The art style was really appealing, using different degrees of separate lines to give the effect of shading and lighting. There were even some instances where the main character would be crawling up a wall, and the words would run up the wall with him, and you would have to turn the book around just to read, was really cool! I would recommend this to anyone who likes Sci-Fi, or anyone who wants a fun/interesting concept with a more serious story.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Follow one of the world's most famous short stories through an illustrator's lens in this 2003 adaptation. Gregor Samsa awakens for work one day to find himself transformed into a bug. His world quickly darkens as his fate unravels. The illustrations capture the darkness of Gregor's new reality, leaving the reader with little to interpret on their own. For instance, the first depiction of Gregor's father in the graphic novel shows the man with a ferocious scowl on his face as he bangs on Gregor' Follow one of the world's most famous short stories through an illustrator's lens in this 2003 adaptation. Gregor Samsa awakens for work one day to find himself transformed into a bug. His world quickly darkens as his fate unravels. The illustrations capture the darkness of Gregor's new reality, leaving the reader with little to interpret on their own. For instance, the first depiction of Gregor's father in the graphic novel shows the man with a ferocious scowl on his face as he bangs on Gregor's door. In Kafka's depiction, the father's cantankerousness expresses itself over the course of the novel. The graphic novel is a much easier read than the short story itself, and as such could be used as an aide to help students grasp the complexities of the short story. However, the graphic novel does not substitute for the short story. It should be noted that it is hard to judge the merits of the graphic novel apart from Kafka's original tale. The story tends to transcend time, and readers will find themselves identifying with Gregor's pitiful plight. Recommended for high school libraries.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Deionta Wilson

    The metamorphosis by Franz Kafka tells the story of a hard working man that hates bugs ironically turns into a roach. The metamorphosis takes place at a home. The book begins with a hard working, man Gregor, as a clerk. Gregor is a hard working man his dad's business collapsed so he goes out of his way to support his family, until he was unable to when he woke up.His family helps for a while until his sister got a job. This book was funny and fiction at the same time. I really enjoyed reading it The metamorphosis by Franz Kafka tells the story of a hard working man that hates bugs ironically turns into a roach. The metamorphosis takes place at a home. The book begins with a hard working, man Gregor, as a clerk. Gregor is a hard working man his dad's business collapsed so he goes out of his way to support his family, until he was unable to when he woke up.His family helps for a while until his sister got a job. This book was funny and fiction at the same time. I really enjoyed reading it because there was imagery. My favorite part of the metamorphosis was when Gregor made his mother pass out. The metamorphosis was a really funny book, I just wish it ended better for Gregor, maybe if he would have turned back to a human and got to be happy again. I would recommend this book to young children and immature adults, because it is a creative book with creatures. It also shows the struggles of real life problems. Nope there was nothing inappropriate it was a very good book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kaustubh Kirti

    A simple account of manifestation of human emotions and how they change over time with circumstances. This book is more in rhetoric and metaphors rather a pure fiction. One man turns into an insect and how he, the society, his sister and his family metamorphoses into different beings is shown. We can take much inspirations from the story apart from what the core story tells up. Kafka has left much thinking of what the readers might what to interpret. I would prefer a more subtle and positive mean A simple account of manifestation of human emotions and how they change over time with circumstances. This book is more in rhetoric and metaphors rather a pure fiction. One man turns into an insect and how he, the society, his sister and his family metamorphoses into different beings is shown. We can take much inspirations from the story apart from what the core story tells up. Kafka has left much thinking of what the readers might what to interpret. I would prefer a more subtle and positive meaning of the story where in the people on whom we are dependent always want us to metamorphosis into more independent persons. Maybe this was what the author wants to tell. The main bread earner turns insect and the family learns and survives. Over time as finances are stretched the insect dies and the sister who was meek and always hidden leads the way. There my be many interpretations but the story is a simple small one sitting read definitely recommended.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Peeyush

    Read this short story in one sitting. Prior to this, I had read The Trial by Kafka and had liked it a lot. This story is also very Kafkesque. Metamorphosis is a story about a man who one morning wakes up as a vermin. What changes this transformation brings in the life of Gregor, the protagonist, who was also the sole earner for the family which included a younger sister and old mother and father, is what the story talks about. It beautifully illustrates how relationships transform drastically with Read this short story in one sitting. Prior to this, I had read The Trial by Kafka and had liked it a lot. This story is also very Kafkesque. Metamorphosis is a story about a man who one morning wakes up as a vermin. What changes this transformation brings in the life of Gregor, the protagonist, who was also the sole earner for the family which included a younger sister and old mother and father, is what the story talks about. It beautifully illustrates how relationships transform drastically with turn of events even in closest of bonds. Turning into an insect is a clever metaphor for describing tragedies, illness or old age and how this metamorphosis brings about change in behaviour of people around us. Very well written but quite a sad tale.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    That's not quite the way that I remember the story going, but that's part of what makes this interesting—to see the story through the lens of the artist. Were I to draw it, not only would the drawings suck (I am no visual artist), but I would have a much different take, particularly on the reactions of the family, which I saw as negative but somehow much differently negative than Kuper. OTOH, I get the sense as well that I read way more into Kafka than he does. At the very least, this was an ent That's not quite the way that I remember the story going, but that's part of what makes this interesting—to see the story through the lens of the artist. Were I to draw it, not only would the drawings suck (I am no visual artist), but I would have a much different take, particularly on the reactions of the family, which I saw as negative but somehow much differently negative than Kuper. OTOH, I get the sense as well that I read way more into Kafka than he does. At the very least, this was an entertaining diversion.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Austin

    this book was ausom one of the best graphic novels i have read.thr book is about a man who wakes up as a cockroach and has to live the rest of his life like that. itvwas very well written. it has a good story. i gave it a 4 star rateing because it was a short book. it is also and easy read. i recomend this to anybody who lokes horror and also has a good story line.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    I've read the book a few times. I've seen the live play. And now I've read the comic adaptation. I guess it's true that nothing can live up to the original. The comic adaptation just seems to lose some of the psychology that is so present in the book. While the art work fits with the style of writing, it lacks that emotional edge, that turmoil that the book so deeply conveyed.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Adriana

    I read classics but they aren't always my first choice. I am glad I read this one. it is one of my favorite books of all times. It made me laugh, cry and even get angry and laugh. Excellently written. 5 Stars

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Peter Kuper does an excellent job of adapting Kafka's classic novella into a graphic format. The art style is very stark and succeeds in conveying the tone of the original story. I particularly enjoyed the depiction of the three lodgers, though everything is displayed splendidly.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alejandra

    Love the style of the illustrations, beautifully rendered.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    I enjoyed the original in high school and look forward to reading this one.

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