Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis; sad, funny and a bit nuts

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metamorphosisMy rating: 5 stars (out of 5)

I read a review this week on the great book blog It’s All About Books of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis about a man who wakes up one morning and finds he has turned into an insect. She didn’t love the book but like all good book blogs, I was intrigued by the review. It sounded like something I would love; quirky, interesting, funny, well-written and a bit nuts. I wasn’t wrong.

There’s a good analysis of the book here, regarding Kafka’s feelings of alienation and jewish ancestry (better than the normally good wiki analysis here) and it’s just – in my opinion – a great short story that means so much more. Like The Lottery and The Alchemist, both of which I’ve read lately about completely different aspects of human nature, short stories really can sometimes be so much more powerful than longer ones; they’re quicker to read and they can leave a greater impression.


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Dusting off the shelves

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I love the idea of this year-long challenge. I came to it by way of a post from It’s All About Books, who explains that it’s “all about reading all those poor neglected books that have been on your shelves for too long”.

So, a perfect opportunity to read some of those books that you’ve been meaning to get around to but for some reason, simply haven’t. Sign up to the challenge on the (mostly) YA blog, Books & Cleverness here. It runs throughout 2015.