The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis

Book - 2003
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Baker & Taylor
A seemingly ordinary man, Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning only to discover that he has been transformed into a gigantic insect and must deal with the depression over his new physical alteration, as well as the rejection of his family, in a new graphic novel rendition of the literary classic. 25,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
In Metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa, a travelling salesman by trade, awakens one morning to find his body has mutated into that of a repulsive bug. Outwardly a monstrous insect, only his thought processes remain human. Whilst his family grow accustomed to supporting themselves without his once essential income, Gregor's suffering becomes ever more pronounced as he witnesses the corruption of their former dependence on him. This volume also includes a number of other short stories by Kafka, all newly translated.

& Taylor

In graphic novel format, reworks Kafka's tale of family and alienation featuring traveling saleman Gregor Samsa, who awakens in his family home one morning to find himself turned into a giant bug.

Publisher: New York : Crown, c2003
ISBN: 9781400047956
Characteristics: 77 p. : ill ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Kupet, Peter


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May 14, 2015

This story is unusual and annoying in that Kafka apparently enjoys anti-heroes. And Gregor is certainly an anti-hero in this quick read. The story begs many questions (how did that happen and why? are certainly the two biggest ones), but the one that bothers me most is why didn't he try to do something about it? Gregor pretty much just takes it as it is and then proceeds to want everyone to do everything and accept the situation. I could see how the story could be an allegory, but mostly I found it frustrating. Some people do not think the family handled it well, but I thought they did a pretty good job considering the circumstances. Anyhow, it was interesting, and I'm glad it was a short read as I probably wouldn't have read something longer if the character was such an anti-hero. I'm just not fond of weak characters.

nadian May 23, 2009

This story is so odd that I still do not know what to think of it. It was by no means an easy book to read, despite it's length, nor was it particularly profound initially, however I am still undecided.


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janetlrod Feb 07, 2013

about a guy who wakes up one day to find he is an insect. he can't communicate with his family, but he understands everything they say. they don't know he can understand them. he dies, and pretty much that is the end. very short story.


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Nahnsu Jul 10, 2013

"One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin."

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