WWW Wednesdays #37 – April 29th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

harrypotterandthedeathlyhallowsdorothymustdieI have been reading Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige since yesterday and I’m absolutely loving it so far. I’m definitely going to try and finish it before the end of this month! Same goes for Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows; I’m about 70% into the story and it’s incredible how many new details I’m discovering while I’m rereading this last book in the HP series!

  • What did you recently finish reading?

themetamorphosisIvampireacademy finished Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead the other day and I cannot say I enjoyed reading it. I guess cheesy vampire stories are just not for me, especially if the main character is such an arrogant pain in the ***… I also finished The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka for my TBR Pile challenge, a novel that was ok in general but not the influential classic I thought it would be. Luckily my current reads are better!

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

atwistinthetalemrpenumbras24hourbookstoreUsing my TBR jar a while back got me A Twist In The Tale by Jeffrey Archer, a book I can conveniently use for my Bookish Bingo Girly Geek challenge… It was written in 1988, the year I was born. 😀 I’m also looking forward to be finally reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan… I’ve heard mixed things about it, but it sounds like an interesting read.

BOOK REVIEW: The Metamorphosis – by Franz Kafka

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Title: The Metamorphosis
Author: Franz Kafka
Genre: Classics, Fantasy, Fiction
First published: 1915
Finished reading: April 26th 2015
Pages: 201
(Originally written in German: Die Verwandlung)
Rating 3

“Was he an animal, that music could move him so? He felt as if the way to the unknown nourishment he longed for were coming to light.”

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The other day I realized I completely forgot to read a book for the 2015 TBR pile challenge this month, so I decided to pick up my copy of The Metamorphosis. To be honest, I wasn’t completely sure what to expect when I started reading this classic. It definitely wasn’t a story about a man who turns into an enormous bug! I don’t say it was a bad story, but I wasn’t blown away by it either. This novel by Franz Kafka is without doubt a quick read and I understand he was trying to make a philosophical study of how people react to a situation that changes everything… Still, I wasn’t completely convinced by it and I definitely don’t understand why The Metamorphosis is supposed to be one of the ‘most influential works of twentieth-century fiction’. I agree that a man who turns into an insect overnight is something that you don’t read every day, but ‘highly influential’? I’m not so sure about that.

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Gregor Samsa is a travelling saleman trying to provide for his parents and younger sister. Everything works out perfectly until he wakes up one day not feeling quite himself. It turns out he was transformed into a gigant bug in his sleep! He has difficulties controlling his new unfamiliar body and his family is becoming increasingly worried as he hasn’t left for work and doesn’t open the door… When Gregor finally manages to open the door, they are completely shocked and disgusted by the new Gregor. They lock him into his room and leave him in isolation, with only his sister coming in sparingly to give him some food. The family has to find a new way of supporting themselves, and Gregor is soon seen as a burden rather than a family member.

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The Metamorphosis was not a bad novel and it even had some funny moments, but I wasn’t overwhelmed by it either. The prose is good, but I couldn’t really connect to the characters and I wasn’t convinced by the way the story ended. This novel by Franz Kafka is short and entertaining, but I’m not sure I would call it an influential classic. Still, I’m glad I’ve finally read it; at least I know now what all the fuss is about.

WWW Wednesdays #8 – August 13th

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

thenameofthewindI’m reading The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss as part of the Dusting Off The Shelf Read-A-Thon… I haven’t read as many pages as I would have wanted to… An eye infection is keeping me from reading for long periods at a time, boo! Until now I’m loving the story though, and I’m glad I finally picked up my copy of this one. I hope to finish The Name Of The Wind before the read-a-thon ends!

 

  • What did you recently finish reading?

Itheknownworld finished The Known World by Edward P. Jones a few days ago, but haven’t had the time to write a review yet. The idea of the book is interesting; a story about different slaves and their owners in the US of the 19th century. It was a slow read though and the many different POV’s made it confusing sometimes to keep reading and understanding the bigger picture. Not one of the best books I’ve read, but still worth it if you like the historical fiction genre.

 

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

mountainsIt’s probably going to be And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini… Although it depends on if I’m in the mood to read a ‘heavy’ book. I still have Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka on the read-a-thon list as well, which is a relatively short book, so depending on my readingspeed, I might choose the second one to see if I can finish another book before the challenge ends.