Book Review

Book Review | Metamorphosis

  • Book name: Metamorphosis
  • Author: Franz Kafka
  • Genre: Classics/ Fiction/ Short Stories/ Philosophy/ Fantasy/ Literature
  • Pages: 99
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: ISBN 978-81-7234-513-6
  • Publisher: Fingerprint
  • My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.7

My Review-

The title is quite attractive especially for a person like me who loves biology.

This book holds a story of Gregor Samsa, a travelling salesman, who wakes up one day to discover that he has metamorphosed into a bug or you can say a horrible vermin. And with this change starts the real struggle of Samsa trying hard to reconcile his humanity with his transformation.

And talking about people around him for whom he was once a perfect hard working man was now a trouble and a horrible thing to deal with, with loads of emotions like (grief, hatred, resignation, endurance, and then explicit detestation)

It’s more like a person who has been affected by a disease like AIDS and people stay away from him because they fear that what if they get the virus transferred into their system.

The writer has penned down something which is very real and tragic at the same time. As if he wanted us to understand that, Suddenly something happens in our lives and everything is changed and what is left behind is hope for better things ahead even if its impossible.

The book is all about how can a change affect you, how will people treat you after that change and what it feels like being a weak one, how it feels being isolated by the ones who adore you once, how difficult is to exist when you are no more a human, how cruel can people be when you are suddenly of no use, how people forget everything you did to them just when you collapse.

The saddest part about the story is, Samsa never questioned himself that how he got transformed into a bug, what should he do to be normal again as if he accepted everything naturally because all the time he was tensed only about his family that, how will they deal with this situation, how will they accept him, how will they manage everything because now he is not working anymore to feed them. I hated his family. How can be someone so cruel.

Yes, I understand he was no more a human but he was their son who worked hard for them, who was always there for them at least they would have cared for him with a whole heart.

You should definitely read this book for a change. Kafka has done a really good work here. If you read about Kafka, you will come to know that his books throw light on his life.

I am impressed, I am going to grab The Trial now, another masterpiece by him.

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