The Metamorphosis (German: Die Verwandlung, also sometimes translated as The Transformation) is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915. It has been cited as one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century and is studied in colleges and universities across the Western world. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed (metamorphosed) into a large, monstrous insect-like creature. The cause of Samsa's transformation is never revealed, and Kafka never did give an explanation. The rest of Kafka's novella deals with Gregor's attempts to adjust to his new condition as he deals with being burdensome to his parents and sister, who are repulsed by the horrible, verminous creature Gregor has become.
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This seminal 1915 novella opens with a bizarre, dreamlike event: a man wakes to find himself transformed into a creature resembling a giant cockroach. Previously, Gregor was a travelling salesman, working to support his parents and young sister. Now, he’s physically incapacitated, unable to communicate and confined to his room. We were transfixed by Gregor’s struggles with his grotesque new form and his family’s responses—part sympathy, part revulsion. Metamorphosis is a thought-provoking fable about the effects of illness on relationships and the way lives can fall apart in an instant.
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Great insight into the human condition.
This is a story about the permanent and devastating physical changes that can happen to anyone of us. One minute we are youthful, healthy and strong. The next minute, in the blink of an eye and with out warning, everything changes. We now have an illness which is terminal and we morph into something which we perceive as monstrous and grotesque. As the illness progresses our bodies begin to break down and decay. We are no longer a part of the every day world, and no one can even begin to understand our horror. And so, we feel isolated in our very own hell. The lesson of this story is to take nothing for granted-enjoy our youth and our good heath, while we can.
I like the way this book kicks off. Shocking, annoying transformation of the main character captures my imagination every time I read this book. A smooth process of an ordinary sales man drowning into isolation and bewilderment.
Very good book. However, it's disturbing in some parts. The author's life is described, in some ways, through the main character. Overall, a good read.