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FRANZ KAFKA WORLDWIDE BESTSELLER: THE METAMORPHOSIS
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FRANZ KAFKA WORLDWIDE BESTSELLER: THE METAMORPHOSIS
{Special Nook Complete and Unabridged Edition}

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Author of The Trial, The Castle, The Hunger Artist, The Penal Colony, Amerika

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ABOUT THE BOOK

The Metamorphosis is a novel by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915. It is often cited as one of the seminal works of short fiction of the 20th century and is widely studied in colleges and universities across the western world. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into a monstrous insect-like creature.


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"One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. He lay on his armour-like back, and if he lifted his head a little he could see his brown belly, slightly domed and divided by arches into stiff sections. The bedding was hardly able to cover it and seemed ready to slide off any moment. His many legs, pitifully thin compared with the size of the rest of him, waved about helplessly as he looked.

"What's happened to me?" he thought. It wasn't a dream. His room, a proper human room although a little too small, lay peacefully between its four familiar walls. A collection of textile samples lay spread out on the table - Samsa was a travelling salesman - and above it there hung a picture that he had recently cut out of an illustrated magazine and housed in a nice, gilded frame. It showed a lady fitted out with a fur hat and fur boa who sat upright, raising a heavy fur muff that covered the whole of her lower arm towards the viewer.

Gregor then turned to look out the window at the dull weather. Drops of rain could be heard hitting the pane, which made him feel quite sad. "How about if I sleep a little bit longer and forget all this nonsense", he thought, but that was something he was unable to do because he was used to sleeping on his right, and in his present state couldn't get into that position. However hard he threw himself onto his right, he always rolled back to where he was. He must have tried it a hundred times, shut his eyes so that he wouldn't have to look at the floundering legs, and only stopped when he began to feel a mild, dull pain there that he had never felt before.

"Oh, God", he thought, "what a strenuous career it is that I've chosen! Travelling day in and day out. Doing business like this takes much more effort than doing your own business at home, and on top of that there's the curse of travelling, worries about making train connections, bad and irregular food, contact with different people all the time so that you can never get to know anyone or become friendly with them. It can all go to Hell!" He felt a slight itch up on his belly; pushed himself slowly up on his back towards the headboard so that he could lift his head better; found where the itch was, and saw that it was covered with lots of little white spots which he didn't know what to make of; and when he tried to feel the place with one of his legs he drew it quickly back because as soon as he touched it he was overcome by a cold shudder.

He slid back into his former position. "Getting up early all the time", he thought, "it makes you stupid. You've got to get enough sleep. Other travelling salesmen live a life of luxury. For instance, whenever I go back to the guest house during the morning to copy out the contract, these gentlemen are always still sitting there eating their breakfasts. I ought to just try that with my boss; I'd get kicked out on the spot. But who knows, maybe that would be the best thing for me. If I didn't have my parents to think about I'd have given in my notice a long time ago, I'd have gone up to the boss and told him just what I think, tell him everything I would, let him know just what I feel. He'd fall right off his desk! And it's a funny sort of business to be sitting up there at your desk, talking down at your subordinates from up there, especially when you have to go right up close because the boss is hard of hearing. Well, there's still some hope; once I've got the money together to pay off my parents' debt to him - another five or six years I suppose - that's definitely what I'll do. That's when I'll make the big change. First of all though, I've got to get up, my train leaves at five."

And he looked over at the alarm clock, ticking on the chest of drawers. "God in Heaven!" he thought. It was half past six and the hands were quietly moving forwards, it was even later than half past, more like quarter to seven. Had the alarm clock not rung? He could see from the bed that it had been set for four o'clock as it should have been; it certainly must have rung. Yes, but was it possible to quietly sleep through that furniture-rattling noise?"
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Meet the Author

Franz Kafka (3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924) was a culturally influential German-language novelist. Contemporary critics and academics, including Vladimir Nabokov, regard Kafka as one of the best writers of the 20th century. The term "Kafkaesque" has become part of the English language.

Kafka was born to middle class German-speaking Jewish parents in Prague, Bohemia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The house in which he was born, on the Old Town Square next to Prague's Church of St Nicholas, now contains a permanent exhibition devoted to the author.

Most of Kafka's writing, much of it unfinished at the time of his death, was published posthumously.

Critics have interpreted Kafka's works in the context of a variety of literary schools, such as modernism, magic realism and so on.[36] The apparent hopelessness and absurdity that seem to permeate his works are considered emblematic of existentialism. Others have tried to locate a Marxist influence in his satirization of bureaucracy in pieces such as In the Penal Colony, The Trial and The Castle, whereas others point to anarchism as an inspiration for Kafka's anti-bureaucratic viewpoint. Still others have interpreted his works through the lens of Judaism (Borges made a few perceptive remarks in this regard), through Freudianism (because of his familial struggles), or as allegories of a metaphysical quest for God (Thomas Mann was a proponent of this theory).
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Disappointed

    Just purchased this book for my world literature class and only received up to the end of the first chapter. Waste of money.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Search

    Type in full version to get a complete copy. Its fifty something pages for around three dollars. Amazing work a classic very intelligent highly recommended

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    Um... Hello???

    Whats the book about??? Some one tell me!!! All the 'description' said was that had some stupid study guide, was unabridged and blah blah blah. HELP!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    My haiku

    Metamorphosis



    Caterpillar who
    Melts itself and then reforms
    Look! A butterfly!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Question

    Ive read the book but im still really confused on why and how he turned into a vermin in the first place. Any ideas. Please answer soon if u do. Thanks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    Kinda

    This book grossed me oyt i just wanted to throw(couldnt bcuz i ad to read it for a class) i dont really gt the meaningof this book its just nasty double barf:(

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2012

    ???

    Wonder what meaning this book was supposed to convey? Not bad, just different.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2012

    Oh bugs..

    I doodle a lot, so I drew Gregor as an adorable cockroach. Theoughout the whole book, all I saw was an adirable little ach being abused an neglected.. that made the story a lot more emotional for me... other than that, I really admire how its written. Very entertaining and quick to read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

    The bug

    I dont know. Was this book just THAT reevolutionary at the time? While I didnt hate it, I dont respect it as its reputation declares I must.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

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    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    Text only

    This only contains the main text; the extras listed in the summary are not included.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Poor organisation for this version

    Worth 95cents for a copy of Kafka's text, but there is little in the way of analysis or interpretation.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Strange but compelling

    I felt compelled to continue reading to see what would happen. I might never look at bugs the same way again.

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

    Wonderful

    This is a great short but powerful novel metaphorically tackling issues in our lives. How do we react when someyhing changes, and what if we cannot handle it? Everyone should read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2011

    Not sure of the hype

    I read the book, which started out great, and then it changed direction. My understanding of the book . . . he supported them (his family and Manager) while he had human legs and everyone was happy. Once he changed, they were supportive of him for a little while. Anyway, it force the other family members to start working. This could have been a good book, but the middle and the ending was not up to par.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2010

    Could This Be the Evolution of The Spider Man?

    There is not much to say about a story too short. Gregor wakes up one morning a spider pretty much summarizes it. Although the description of what type of creature he transformed into seems a little contradictory, for it could have been any other invertebrate of arachnid genus. One contradiction is that spiders eat insects not human food. Also they move fast and do not schlep around the house.

    Gregor, an itinerant salesman lives with his parents and younger sister Grete. When his father's business closed down he assumes responsibility of the household. The stress of traveling and meeting sales quota agitate him one evening and he finds himself on the bed next morning unable to get up because his springy legs are not able to lift his body. Bewildered, the Samsa family could not believe their eyes when they see their breadwinner. Their fear of Gregor coupled with concern of supporting themselves put the entire household in agonized fiasco.

    A commendable classic, The Methamorphosis is a beneficial read for young adults. It is fun, imaginative and undemanding. Stan Lee, the creator of Spider Man comic magazine benefited from this off the wall story; transformed the weakling Gregor Samsa into an alliterated name Peter Parker idolized for his courageous surfing of tall buildings and heroic deeds. Hence, the book tells about dealing with unusual distress and its unexpectedness. If it were true that Kafka suffered from clinical depression, it is evident that writing a bizarre story must have been his phantasmagoric way of dealing with it albeit there is an unsettlement in wishing to be an arachnid to escape social contact.

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    Posted May 18, 2012

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