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I’d been putting this off because of the preconceptions I’d picked up about Kafkas surreal style and all I can say is there is very little that is not accessible about this short and eye opening read.
Eye opening because you can really sense there is something of the actual authors true feelings delivered in this. A deep sadness but one that isn’t whiny and superficially brooding as is the typical fashion of our day, but melancholic yet accepting.... perhaps more typical of Kafkas day then.
I shopped around for a translation that had generally good reviews across the board and perhaps that was the key to my enjoyment as it reads very nicely too.
My hope whenever I start a new book is that the last page isn’t the last time I think about the characters and story and this massively ticked that box, that my time wasn’t wasted as time seems more and more fleeting as the days go by. So anything I put my time into I want to know was time well spent...
... It’s not that Kafka expertly crafted a detailed world and filled it with beautifully complex people... more that I read a story of change that allowed me to question my circumstances, my future, and my relationships to the people around me.... and that is priceless.
Dark, sad, the hopelessness gets to you. Very strange book, it can't fail to leave an impression on you. I must say that I'm glad it was not a long novel, though it was an interesting story, you feel such pity for all the characters, in their small sad world (from which there seems no escape). The only character who may have some hope of a different future is the beasts' sister.
Selbst wenn ich die Geschichte nicht schon ein Dutzend mal gelesen hätte, ich hätte dieses Buch schon alleine wegen dem Cover und dem neuen Vorwort gekauft. Hervorragende Geschichte, gestalterisch und typografisch sehr schön umgesetzt und sehr gut übersetzt. Wenn es nur einen (winzigen) Kritikpunkt gibt, dann die Qualität des Papiers im Innenteil. Die hält das Niveau des Umschlags nicht ganz aufrecht, ist aber immer noch sehr gut.
With remote learning I am reading my daughter’s books as well, she really benefits from discussion —- even if she is the only one talking — lol. I found the forward quite interesting but it was the discussion on translation that really was engrossing to me. Oddball that I am. If you get this copy, do yourself a favor, read the forward and the translation info located after the novella BEFORE you start reading the book.
I remember being somewhat horrifically entranced by this book as a teen — but never got the hunter in it. I do now. Amazing how we change..... I think it too closely described how I felt at the time —— trapped by family and family expectations. Who knows. Glad I reread it though.