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“Surely must have one of the best opening paragraphs of all time: "One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in his bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug. He lay on his armour-hard back and saw, as he lifted his head up a little, his brown,...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning to find that he has been transformed into a disgusting insect-like creature. He gets fired by his boss and can't support his family, and his family is horrified by him. He is confined to his room and only helped by his sister and occasionally his mom (although...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Surely must have one of the best opening paragraphs of all time: "One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in his bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug. He lay on his armour-hard back and saw, as he lifted his head up a little, his brown, arched abdomen divided up into rigid bow-like sections. From this height the blanket, just about ready to slide off completely, could hardly stay in place. His numerous legs, pitifully thin in comparison to the rest of his circumference, flickered helplessly before his eyes." ”StoryHeart wrote this review 6 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Una de las obras más importantes de la literatura del siglo XX y sin embargo es un libro corto, ameno y fácil de entender. Gracioso, a la par que triste. Para conocer en detalle el argumento del libro así como mi opinión más extendida puedes visitar:
“This is one of those books that most people are required to read in high school which usually predisposes people to not liking it. I am happy however that this does not apply to me since I enjoyed this book. This is a very strange book that kept me intrigued right from the beginning. The book stands out in the sense that its plot is surreal. The opening sentence introduces this surrealism very strongly "When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin." This dream like nature continues as the story progresses and becomes quite graphic as Gregor's new state is described in detail. At some points in the book I even felt a little disgusted. While this may not be my favorite book, its strange plot definitely grabbed my attention. ”Jorge P. wrote this review 12 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a hard book to nail down. That despite the fact that the basic (infamous) premise is revealed in the first sentence. It was about all I knew about Kafka or The Metamorphosis when I started the book--that the "hero" wakes up as a cockroach:
As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. He was lying on his hard, as it were armor-plated, back and when he lifted his head a little he could see his domelike brown belly divided into stiff arched segments on top of which the bed quilt could hardly stay in place and was about to slide off completely. His numerous legs, which were pitifully thin compared to the rest of his bulk, waved helplessly before his eyes.
I'd read this work published in 1915 was a seminal work of the early 20th century. I'd read it was important to the Existentialist movement, surreal and absurdest and despairing. So what surprised me about this short novella--it's only about 22 thousand words--is how funny it is. I just found this all pretty hilarious. Is that bad, and wrong? It has been described as horror--but I mean, just the way Kafka describes poor Gregor trying to get around on his little legs--or trying to squeak out explanations to his supervisor or his family... I found nothing very heavy in this--or anything all that philosophical--at least not in any ponderous or pedantic way. It felt more light humor than anything--and really, an engaging introduction for me to this writer who'd I'd definitely read again. ”
“Such a strange book......”Teresa B wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The theme of the Metamorphosis is the change of the treatment of individual as his or her job or status fluctuate.”Jin Hyeok N wrote this review Thursday, October 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The theme of the Metamorphosis is to show how people are judged based their job and spec because when Gregor was unable to support his family, they started to treat him differently. ”Charlie L wrote this review Thursday, October 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was not my intention to reread this story by Kafka, but it was part of a collection of short stories. The absurdity and alienation in the story are what I remembered, but I didn’t remember how Gregor’s sister paralleled Gregor in her sense of actions. I enjoyed this part of the story best.
Both siblings fall into their sense of “duty” within the family and wear the badge until resentment settles in. Their utter acceptance of what happens in their life with and without choice is the absurdity. Gregor’s loneliness emerges as he is further alienated by his family (rather than turning into a bug) and Grete’s sense of free-will emerges when she is unburdened by the obligations she puts on herself. However, by the end of the story, one has to wonder about burden and choices. Gregor’s burden comes from obligation of helping his family’s finances which he may have been willing to do until his parents expected it from him. We get the sense that he cannot move on and live his life how he wants to, but he does it. When he wakes up a bug, he really doesn’t seem that surprised as if it just another obstacle in his life (he tries to go to work, for pete’s sake!). Whereas Grete seems pleased to have a role in the family and even feel protective of Gregor until time passes. She eventually starts to ignore Gregor when her thinking of him anthropomorphically wanes to thinking of him impassively (after all, he’s just a giant bug).
As Gregor struggled to retain what is left of being human, and his family thinks of him more as a bug, Gregor’s metamorphosis into loneliness and uselessness leads his family into their own metamorphosis of worth. Until Gregor was a bug, they could not (or would not) help themselves from their financial burden. Yet, at the end of the story, one gets the impression that a new burden is to begin as Grete emerges from her cocoon into womanhood with her parents plotting to find a new apartment and to get her a husband. They don’t reminisce or mourn the death of Gregor; no one is impressed by his contributions. Only for a moment do they reflect on how they have helped themselves by making frugal choices and seem dismissive of themselves as they look to an imaginary young man to carry the burdens they lay for him.
“"As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect." - Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis ”themeanderer wrote this review Tuesday, October 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No