- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Penguin UK; New Ed edition (4 July 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141182903
- ISBN-13: 978-0141182902
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.2 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,18,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Modern Classics Trial Paperback – 4 Jul 2000
|Paperback, 4 Jul 2000||
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About the Author
Franz Kafka (1883-1924) Czech-born German-speaking writer whose posthumously published novels express the alienation of 20th century man.
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To be very honest, it bored me out of my wits. The protagonist (Joseph K) is the subject of an unorthodox trial. We are not told what his crime is or who the convicting party is, although it is clear they are a government branch. What bothers me is the fact that K himself does not know what his crime is but he resigns to the trial and tries to defend himself against the unknown charges (what?). I get it is a poke on the way totalitarian governments run their legal systems but still....
Frankly, I am no literary expert and I am sure I am missing something. Looked all over the web to find what it was that I was missing but no, there is no secret that explains whatever is going on here.
It is supposed to be a must for literary classic buffs, so if you are one of those, maybe you will enjoy it.
Franz Kafka left this book unfinished. Before his death in 1924, his wish was that this, and another manuscript, be destroyed. But they ended up being published anyway. So someone put the finishing touches before the publication. If I had enjoyed it, probably would have looked up who did it, but nah!
The physical quality of the book is excellent. Gold lettered on the hard-cover and excellent binding. Wilco is an old hand at publishing and they produce good quality books, so that shouldn't be a bother. I may have been too stupid to appreciate this classic, but if, God willing, I do one day, the book is beautiful and will look pretty sitting on my shelf until then.
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