Friday, April 27, 2007

The Complete Stories

Author: Franz Kafka

Quote: As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.

Why you should read this book: Alienation, isolation, paranoia, and death. Kafka had actually requested that the bulk of these tales be burned rather than published, but the industry just doesn't work that way. In this collection, you get the full scope of his work, and the dizzying madness of a world in flux, where ordinary men are presented daily with unresolvable paradoxes and impossible conundrums.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You don't want to exacerbate any previously existing conditions of alienation, isolation, and paranoia.

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