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Metamorphosis | [Franz Kafka]

Metamorphosis

Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning to find he has been transformed into a gigantic insect. This extraordinary tale of imagination was written by Kafka against the backdrop of increasing turmoil in central Europe and remains not just an affecting tale but a disturbing allegory.
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Publisher's Summary

Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning to find he has been transformed into a gigantic insect. This extraordinary tale of imagination was written by Kafka against the backdrop of increasing turmoil in central Europe and remains not just an affecting tale but a disturbing allegory.

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Public Domain (P)2003 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"Kafka expertly portrays the vagaries of the human heart in a recording that the gifted Martin Jarvis elevates to an audio classic, employing his storytelling skills and knowing inflections in a lively and charming narration occasionally punctuated by scratchy, whimsical violins....This unforgettable audio movie is vivid and disturbing, shot through with black humor." (AudioFile)

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    Pierre Gauthier Montréal 10-13-13
    Pierre Gauthier Montréal 10-13-13 Listener Since 2010
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    Physiologically, no insect could ever be as large as a human being.

    Thus, this short story’s premise of a young man waking up one morning as a huge insect is completely absurd.

    Yet, the story is masterfully written in such a matter-of-fact style that the listener grants it almost undoubted plausibility.

    The resulting nightmarish quality provides a lasting memory that brings one to ponder on social stigma and integration.

    It is definitely a very worthwhile purchase.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Sydney, Australia 05-15-09
    Ron Sydney, Australia 05-15-09 Member Since 2008

    Literary graduate and published columnist turned glorified grease monkey.

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    "A Classic"

    Kafka's works are very well known for their introspective examination of the human condition. This is a must read for literary fans all over. How would you react if one day you woke up as a giant bug?? The actual story is quite depressing as it turns an impossible situation into a study on the interaction he must face with his own family. And I must say, his family's decisions are quite plausible although not very heartwarming. This is not a happy book, only because it faces sad realities of shock and eventually loss. The book ends with the only way it should and although it is quite sad, it is very well written. It fulfills it's goals and leaves you thinking, placing yourself in the position of the main character and the his family.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, United States 02-25-10
    Paul Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, United States 02-25-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Don't want to wake up like this"

    Kafka creates despair in his character from the start. The listener understands that this may not end well. It is well written as one can see in his mind's eye the desolate room in which the occupant lives. Enjoyable to reflect on the individual as he changes.

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    reggie p PA 02-08-06
    reggie p PA 02-08-06 Member Since 2003

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    "very different story"

    This was a very differnt story - one about a young man who wakes up as an insect. It was a little strange, but the narration was excellent and it held my interest. The only thing I didn't like about it was the ending. I thought it was a little abrupt.

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    "Our Czech mate"

    Beckett, Murakami, Heller, Ishiguro, Pynchon they all tip their hats ? and so must you. Masterful and able to be read in one sitting on a flight between England and the Canaries?then handed to a teenage son who got the same thrill that I did when I read this first more than thirty years ago. This is where it all started ? required reading in the best sense!!

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    "Ace"

    It is quite a strange story but wonderfully written and well narrated, never read/listened to any Kafka before but this has certainly wetted my thirst for more.

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