The Castle

The Castle

Book - 1998
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Publisher: New York : Schocken Books, 1998
ISBN: 9780805241181
Branch Call Number: FIC Kafk
Characteristics: xxiii, 328 p
Additional Contributors: Harman, Mark


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Kafka died before finishing the novel, and it is questionable whether he intended to finish it if he had survived his tuberculosis.

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Sep 27, 2017

My first exposure to Kafka was in a second year German class in college, more than 50 years ago. To say that I had trouble with Die Verwandlung would be a gross understatement. I finally ran to the school library for an English version, only to find that I had read it correctly. Kafka's attention to detail is phenomenal, and the writing is almost stream of consciousness. Each character's viewpoint is spelled out.
He is sort of an acquired taste. Newcomers to Kafka might start with The Hunger Artist (Hungerkunstler) or The Metamorphosis, mentioned above, before jumping into The Castle.

Aug 24, 2016

In this dream-like writing, the protagonist is on what seems to be a simple task-- to find his purpose-- which is not easy to discover. In time, his mission becomes shrouded by mystery.

Jun 02, 2016

Only someone trying to convince others that they are literate and intellectual would praise this work which is so unmitigatedly boring that I had to make myself finish it. It is just absolute bilge. Do not waste your time unless your life is so sterile that you must mention to others: "I read Kafka."

Mar 13, 2014

Brilliantly written book, even if the style is a bit weird (extremely long sentences and paragraphs that last a dozen pages). It's very disappointing to get to the end though and remember that Kafka died before he finished it. Indeed, the text stops in the middle of a sentence. Though that fits in with the theme of the book in some ways. K in the book, and us in our lives and us reading this book sometimes never find out what's really going on.

angela_ma Apr 30, 2012

Bizarre and beautiful book, unfortunate ending.


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