The Metamorphosis

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5 out of 5 stars
By trufflesmummy on 29-07-16

An uncomfortably necessary book to experience.

This was hard work for me to stomach happily. I found it cruel, sad, tragic and emotionally authentic. I'm glad I heard it. But it left me strangely bereft. The human condition can shift to extremes for self preservation.

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Stephanie Jane on 04-09-13

Excellent introduction to Kafka

My first Kafka book which I approached with a little apprehension as I wasn't sure I would understand the story. My fears were unfounded as Metamorphosis is a very accessible story. I listened to it on audio and I think that hearing the words at speaking pace was good because I tend to rush when reading which, in this case, would have meant missing a lot of the more subtle meanings.
Gregor Samsa's transformation is the most obvious in Metamorphosis, but all the family undergo a change in their characters caused by his situation. I found myself able to identify with aspects of his sister's behaviour and his father's distance, as well as Gregor's sense of isolation.
Metamorphosis was an excellent introduction for me to Kafka's work and I shall seek out more of his stories.

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Wras on 02-03-15

Wake up, you are not you any more

One day you are a vital human being, strong, productive, even respected then you metamorphose into a beetle, a paralysis, a heart attack, a cancer and you want to be your self and you try so hard it breaks your shell, your view of your self, and little by little that you begin to disappear, to embarrass the very ones you love, some people see you there behind the label, like a spectre and you try not be a problem but you have changed so much no one understands they are not aware of their chrysalis and can not hear your voice.
To wake up in one of Kafka’s visions is to be a modern human being, his warnings are not romantic or hopeful they are the truth of our time crystallised in literature, that describes the angst of the everyday person in allegories that are of our time.
This novella is one of those books everyone should read, it is an important part of our culture and a warning to all the temporarily able.

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6 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By GenKaan on 09-02-15

Poor Gregor

Where does The Metamorphosis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was good, Id say top 5 because it was easy to consume and unlike anything else I've listened to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gregor because it seemed like there was no one who cared for him other than his sister.

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

This is the first book Id say you could finish in one sitting. Fairly lightweight, strange but interesting. A classic for good reason

Any additional comments?

Guess you can take a lot of different things from this but I felt like it was a interesting take on growing old, getting to a point where you are not as useful as you used to and people don't depend on you anymore. Or like how some one who ends up in a wheelchair could feel. Poor Gregor

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