1. Welcome to BookAndReader!

    We LOVE books and hope you'll join us in sharing your favorites and experiences along with your love of reading with our community. Registering for our site is free and easy, just CLICK HERE!

    Already a member and forgot your password? Click here.

July 2014: Franz Kafka, Metamorphosis

Discussion in 'Book of the Month' started by Polly Parrot, Jul 2, 2014.

  1. Polly Parrot

    Polly Parrot Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2008
    Messages:
    2,959
    Likes Received:
    104
    Currently Reading:
    F. Scott Fitzgerald, Short Stories
    Sorry for starting the thread a wee bit late.
     
  2. Conscious Bob

    Conscious Bob Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2012
    Messages:
    1,748
    Likes Received:
    90
    Currently Reading:
    Barry Lyndon by William Thackeray
  3. Conscious Bob

    Conscious Bob Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2012
    Messages:
    1,748
    Likes Received:
    90
    Currently Reading:
    Barry Lyndon by William Thackeray
    Downloaded for a quid, not bad.
     
  4. Conscious Bob

    Conscious Bob Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2012
    Messages:
    1,748
    Likes Received:
    90
    Currently Reading:
    Barry Lyndon by William Thackeray
    Gregor our main character wakes up a 'giant verminous bug' which is clearly impossible yet Gregor's reaction is entirely natural, he doesn't believe it's happened to him either.
     
  5. Conscious Bob

    Conscious Bob Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2012
    Messages:
    1,748
    Likes Received:
    90
    Currently Reading:
    Barry Lyndon by William Thackeray
    Well it's a pity no one else wanted to get into a discussion but at least it's a book I wanted to read.

    Metamorphosis is a very subtle story, there is no explanation as to why Gregor is transformed, the transformation is merely a vehicle to his current condition. He goes from being the main breadwinner for his family to a monstrous inconvenience. The trick is he's still a human being inside but can't communicate. He goes from being pitied to being reviled and when he dies not only are his family relieved but they find that the adjustments they've made to better cope with the situation have far improved their prospects after Gregor's demise.

    I wonder if the story is a metaphor for the dispensability of people and resilience. Fate is cruel to Gregor, his transformation to a 'verminous bug' makes his story a fantasy story, would it have had the same feeling if he had suffered a massive stroke or debilitating injury? perhaps that's the point.
     
  6. James Brennan Hawaii

    James Brennan Hawaii New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2015
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    It could well be the point of this fascinating tale; it is true it appeals on so many levels.

    James Brennan Hawaii
     
  7. Conscious Bob

    Conscious Bob Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2012
    Messages:
    1,748
    Likes Received:
    90
    Currently Reading:
    Barry Lyndon by William Thackeray
    I think about that story still so I'll need to read a bit more Kafka.
     

Share This Page