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Publisher's Summary

This new edition of Kafka's terrifying and comic masterpiece is the product of an international team of experts who used Kafka's original text and notes to render this story as close to the author's vision as possible. Kafka's final novel tells the haunting tale of a man's relentless struggle with authority in order to gain entrance to the Castle.

The story of K - the unwanted land surveyor who is never to be admitted to the Castle and yet cannot go home - seems to depict, like a dream from the deepest recesses of consciousness, an inexplicable truth about the nature of existence. A perpetual human condition lies at the heart of this labyrinthine world: dualities of certainty and doubt, hope and fear, reason and nonsense, harmony and disintegration. An unfinished novel that feels strangely complete, The Castle uses absurd fantasy to reveal a profound truth.

©1998 Schocken Books, Inc. (P)1998 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"To read Kafka is always a surprising encounter. It shocks literary conventions and takes you with a jolt to the depths of the soul....The new translation by Harman restores Kafka to Kafka." ( Los Angeles Times Book Review)
"A necessary acquisition for anyone interested in Kafka." ( Library Journal)

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  • Stephen
  • PROVO, UT, United States
  • 12-19-12

Wonderful reading (but will strange interruptions)

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Because it captures the rhythms of Kafka's prose nicely.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

For some reason, Howard's reading was periodically (rarely but recurring) interrupted by another voice (or Howard's voice on a different day and under different conditions). It sounded as though someone had come along after the initial recording and inserted new material. I found these interjections strange and frustrating. It seemed far less than professional to me.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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High Comedy Despite Spotty Narration

Any additional comments?

It is true that the narrator's voice appears to be edited-over occasionally for no discernible reason. I did not find this to be as much of a problem as most listeners did according to the reviews. I want to say though - having sampled the other readings - I still think this is the best recording. Howard's quick pace not only shortens the listening time (substantially), but also keeps the reading lively and imbues portions of it a degree of comedy that is hard to overstate.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful