I discovered Franz Kafka some time ago.. Read “Diaries Of Franz Kafka” by accident. I had to go at the country side with my parents for a whole week-end. And so, out of boredom checked my aunt’s bookshelves; I grabed the first book I placed my eyes on. And so I got mezmerized by this unique bohemian jewish writer. It’s honest and humble way of writing, tho strong and filled with energy made me want some more of him. And so I read “The Metamorphosis”, (again) in school breaks. This novel is about a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, that wakes up one day transformed into a giant monstrous vermin (something like a cockroach) and is now forced to live in his room by his family, wich is disgusted by his new appearence.
As with all of Kafka’s works, The Metamorphosis is open to a wide range of interpretations; in fact, Stanley Corngold’s book, The Commentator’s Despair, lists over 130 interpretations. Most obvious are themes relating to society’s treatment of those who are different. Other themes include the loneliness of being cut off and the desperate and unrealistic hopes that such isolation brings.
Some also feel the book deals with the absurdity of human existence, leading some literary critics to associate it with existentialism. It is also possible to apply Freudian and other forms of literary criticism to the book.
Anyhows, It shows that you can write in so many ways. I was used with a typical kind of book.. Kafka has opened my mind.. horizon.
Also read “A hunger artist”, “The country doctor”, “In the penal colony”, “The verdict”.