The Sons

The Sons

by Franz Kafka

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The Sons 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
figre on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Let¿s begin with the fact that any collection containing ¿The Metamorphosis¿ has to be good. There are very good reasons why this is a classic. For those of you who haven¿t heard, a man wakes up to find he has turned into a cockroach. For those of you who have heard but not bothered (or read at such speed ¿ as required by some instructor or other authority figure ¿ that you missed the nuance), it is not so much about the transformation into a cockroach as it is a study of the man and his family. This is a story you want to take the time to read, and you want to take the time to absorb it.But, on to the rest of the collection. Apparently, Kafka had a desire that these three stories (¿The Judgment¿ about a son who is heading toward marriage but finds he has not lived up to his father¿s expectations, ¿The Stoker¿ about a son who has been forced to leave his family and, after landing in America, finds more than one authority figure replacement, and the previously mentioned ¿The Metamorphosis¿ about a son who turns into¿well, we¿ve already been there) be brought together in one collection to help present his overarching theme about sons, fathers, and families. Collecting them this way does indeed help strengthen that theme. And this is enhanced by the inclusion of ¿Letter to His Father¿, a ¿critique¿ written by Kafka about his father and the life Kafka wound up living.However, compared to ¿The Metamorphosis¿, everything else is just interesting ¿ not bad, but just interesting. Two hints about reading this specific collection. Read ¿Letter¿ first as it does provide insights into the thoughts that made up the short stories. And save the introduction for later (at least after reading ¿The Judgment) as there is a spoiler. Maybe a minor spoiler, but a spoiler nonetheless.
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