#1 BOOK REVIEW: METAMORPHOSIS BY FRANZ KAFKA

My review:

I considered my first book of his, not that bad. Quite puzzling but have a very unique storyline. Unquestionably, a tad weird (when you read the title because no way it could be real), so I’ll consider it as an expression of disability. Despite that, I don’t think it as a shocking but one real story. It shows what kind of people we drove to be in harshness.

Gregor was neglected by his whole family after what happened to him. Did he choose to be that way? No. And yet, he was mistreated and abandoned on purpose. To make it short, he was no longer being treated as a son, brother or as a human. The family that once adore him becomes his worst enemy. It differs from what a real family should act—supportive and compassion.

Just like a Malay’s proverb, “habis madu sepah dibuang.” It such a sad thing, when you are the source of income for your family. They depend and worship you. But then, all a sudden, you are no longer capable of working. You become nothing but trouble, an eyesore and a piece of trash to them. Does everything you do for them count for nothing?

Even though the story was told in a bizarre way but the message underneath can still be understandable (I’m just hoping that I don’t comprehend it falsely). Close to the ending, I somehow confused. It takes me a while to grasp the connection between “the charwoman”, “the butcher” and “the lodgers”. I just hope it’s not what I think. But I guess what’s consider junk to others might turn out to be “a gem” if in good hand.

My rating: 3/5 ⭐

Book blurt

“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. He was laying 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 keep in position 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.”

With it’s startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first opening, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. It is the story of a young man who, transformed overnight into a giant beetle-like insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, a quintessentially alienated man. A harrowing—though absurdly comic—meditation on human feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and isolation, The Metamorphosis has taken its place as one of the most widely read and influential works of twentieth-century fiction. As W.H. Auden wrote, “Kafka is important to us because his predicament is the predicament of modern man.”

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