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The Trial | [Franz Kafka, Mike Mitchell (translator)]

The Trial

One of the great works of the 20th century, Kafka's The Trial has been read as a study of political power, a pessimistic religious parable, or a crime novel where the accused man is himself the problem. In it, a man wakes up one morning to find himself under arrest for an offence which is never explained. Faced with this ambiguous but threatening situation, Josef K. gradually succumbs to its psychological pressure.
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One of the great works of the 20th century, Kafka's The Trial has been read as a study of political power, a pessimistic religious parable, or a crime novel where the accused man is himself the problem. In it, a man wakes up one morning to find himself under arrest for an offence which is never explained. Faced with this ambiguous but threatening situation, Josef K. gradually succumbs to its psychological pressure.

One of the iconic figures of modern world literature, Kafka writes about universal problems of guilt, responsibility, and freedom. He offers no solutions, but provokes his listeners to arrive at meanings of their own. Mike Mitchell's translation captures Kafka's distinctive style. Based on the best available German text, it includes not only the main text but the chapters Kafka left incomplete.

©2009 Translation © Mike Mitchell, Editorial material © Ritchie Robertson (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Michael Sydney, Australia 02-12-14
    Michael Sydney, Australia 02-12-14 Member Since 2007

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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    I thought this would have been a little more philosophical but it ended up being a metaphor for life I think. Nothing earth breaking and in time boring.

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    Ashton Mishima-gun, Japan 09-30-13
    Ashton Mishima-gun, Japan 09-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "questions are better than answers"

    What can be said about this book that hasn't already. I think listening to compared to reading would far better as it gets tedious in points. It's a tedious by design however which makes the story brilliant.

    Check out Night Vale, it's a free podcast (sorry Audible) which plays with the same kind of weird but normal world Kafka masters.

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    "The Trial: Lost in a Sea of Pretentious Fishes."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I am entirely convinced that the point of this book went totally over my head and I completely missed it. I swam in a sea of surrealism laced with pretentious fishes, got really lost and drowned in it.



    Has The Trial put you off other books in this genre?

    It hasn't put me off of books from this genre. Classics are always going to have amazing stories and sometimes you're going to come across one that you just don't understand why everyone makes such a big deal about it.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

    Yes. Scott Brick is a very good narrator, well paced and an interesting, well spoken voice.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed. I had been lead to believe this was one of the greats. I found it to be really pretentious and boring. It failed to grip me and I could have been listening to something else but for me Classics are books that should be read by everyone, so that they can be discussed and debated. So really I am glad to have read it so I can have an opinion on it but unfortunately it will be a negative one.


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