The Castle

The Castle

Book - 2013
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The protagonist of this Kafka classic, K., finds himself in a faraway, snow-covered village with a castle looming above. The inhabitants of the mysterious castle are also the strict officials who govern the village. When K. tries to reach out to the officials, he gets himself into a complex misunderstanding over the contradictory rules and regulations that dictate the daily life of the villagers. "The Castle" explores the conflicting tension of power between individuals--represented by K.--and the authorities--the officials in the castle
Publisher: London : SelfMadeHero, 2013
ISBN: 9781906838676
1906838674
Branch Call Number: GN Kafk
Characteristics: 142 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 25 cm

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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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AaronAardvark1940
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.

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Mystified13
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.

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trcookIIImddmd
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."

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ncburnett
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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