He studied law but ultimately went to work in a government agency for a pittance, which however, allowed him to spend time on developing his passion for writing. The Metamorphosis, though sometimes emotionally disturbing in its content, is an important and classic work to include in your listening library. The only thing I didn't like about it was the ending. It is the story of traveling salesman Gregor Samsa, who wakes one morning to find himself transformed into a monstrous insect. Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning to find he has been transformed into a gigantic insect.
It is the story of a young traveling salesman who, transformed overnight into a giant, beetle-like insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, a quintessentially alienated man. He attempts to adjust to his new condition as he deals with being burdensome to his parents and sister, who are repelled by the horrible creature he has become. A little weird - even for an English book. I never want to be like his family. Faced with this ambiguous but threatening situation, Josef K. Franz Kafka was a Czech writer who struggled to find his voice amidst the pressures and compulsions enforced by his strict father.
But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him. The critical essays I mostly skimmed, but a few ideas caught my eye. However, before many of them were published, Kafka tragically died at the age of just 41. I wouldn't dare risk any spoilers for this, but if you've never experienced this story you are in for a real treat. At the same time, his story moves you in many unexpected ways, as Gregor and his family struggle with his condition and as their situation rapidly worsens, their hopes and dreams are sacrificed.
Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? One possibility is a moral failing of some kind; another is a terrible wasting disease like cancer. Or and get a daily dose of Open Culture in your inbox. Metamorphosis Audiobook free download This popular and renowned Classics audio book is now available for free download from Spotify, Deezer, und in high quality from Audible as well. Possibly one of the best opening sentences in fiction, the story just gets better and better as Gregor refuses to accept his transformation and attempts to prepare for his day of work, while being bothered by his family and his boss. This book made a lasting impression on me and rate it in the top 5 of books I have ever read. . With Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Richard Armitage tells the story of a conflicted man who seeks a remedy to free the monster inside him from the clutches of his conscience.
Amount gained from reading is incredible when compared to the short amount of time it takes to read. Fortunately, Brod ignored his friend's wishes and published The Trial, which became the author's most famous work. His numerous legs, which were pitifully thin compared to the rest of his bulk, waved helplessly before his eyes. Fortunately, his request was ignored, allowing such works as The Trial to earn recognition among the literary masterpieces of the 20th century. It also causes us to think about our attitudes towards people of different sexual orientation, race, social and economic status.
The actual story is quite depressing as it turns an impossible situation into a study on the interaction he must face with his own family. One morning he awakes to discover that during the night he has been transformed into a horrible vermin. The Metamorphosis has been stated to represent Gregor's personal alienation and the effect of his deadening job, the problems in his family and how the demands placed on him have forced him to become a terrible being and the alienation of aged or disabled individuals confined to a bedridden state of existence. That people would suffer alienation and persecution from their loved ones even after spending all their energies and efforts in order that the family may live a decent life. Similar to the events in the play, Laura signed an illegal loan to save her husband.
This work ranks along with the other classical champions. His works, which included many letters to friends and his personal journals form part of his body of work. One thing I would have liked to see addressed would be the cause of the transformation since that's never really addressed, that could be an entire story on its own. A harrowing -- though absurdly comic -- meditation on human feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and isolation, The Metamorphosis has taken its place as one of the most widely read and influential works of twentieth-century fiction. And in fact, by the end, Gregor's family is every bit as metamorphosed as he is himself.
It is the longest story in the collection and widely considered to be one of the greatest short stories in the English language. The narrator did a great job as well in making the book interesting. It is seen as a tale which reflects how human beings view those who are stricken by illness or disability. His close friend Max Brod did not heed his last wishes to destroy all his manuscripts and hence we are fortunate enough to still have access to the works of this great writer even today. No explanation or clue of any kind is given as to why Gregor turned into a bug. The play is set in a Norwegian town circa 1879.