Friday, October 22, 2010

Feature Fridays

Today's classic is The Metamorphosis (1915) by Franz Kafka.

"When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin." With this startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first sentence, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis.

It is the story of a young man 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. 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.

You can read The Metamorphosis online for free at Read Print. It's pretty short and only has 3 chapters; it's officially a novella.

Have you read it?

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