Metamorphosis – Book Review

  • Author: Franz Kafka
  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Fingerprint! Publishing; First edition (2014)
  • Language: English

My Review

Metamorphosis is a quick and breezy read revolving around a salesman, Gregor Samsa, who wakes up one morning to find that he has turned into a gigantic ugly insect. This transformation in his being drifts him apart from society and his family who refuse to acknowledge their once healthy brother and son.

Initially, the book didn’t get me. It appeared weird and dragged unnecessarily. I found the story unrelatable and queer to an extent that I vowed not to pick it up again. But as I closed it and left my mind to ponder over its content, I understood what Kafka wanted to convey all throughout. Little do we realize in our lives that we change exceedingly well with time. Little do we realize our own fallacies and imperfections and yet we expect others to accept us with all the magnanimity. We have this innate character of altering our attitudes toward people according to our needs. We are borne out of our natural but absurd behaviors toward the changing landscapes around us. And howsoever hard we may try to admit that we remain same, we don’t. We are selfish, impregnably wicked, unchangeably cruel and we won’t ever accede to the truth. This is where our ugliness resides and thrives. And this is what this book, The Metamorphosis, beautifully brings out. It brings to the fore our crooked faces hidden behind masks, it lifts the veil on our reality. And perhaps, this is the reason why most of my contemporaries could never swallow the bitter pill it is.


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