Book review: The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka



My first Kafka! Catching up with some classics I’ve never got around to reading.

Gregor wakes up one morning and finds he is a giant beetle. He doesn’t seem all that concerned. He’s quite bothered by the fact that he may have to miss work. He’s supporting his family, you see.

They discover him and FREAK OUT! as you probably would. They sort of try and look after him. but he’s just a massive inconvenience for them all.

Then he dies and solves a problem for the family. Phew!

Is he literally a beetle? Has he just had a mental breakdown? It doesn’t matter all that much. What matters is he’s been transformed from useful, money providing family member into a repulsive dependent. How his family treat him, their attitude to him, is what it’s all about.

Here’s a very short synopsis of a very short novella:



6 thoughts on “Book review: The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka

  1. TheAliceFan

    I am finishing “The Metamorphosis and Other Stories” by Kafka, and I’ll be reviewing it very soon, too! Yeah, when Gregor changes into an enormous insect, his family starts to treat him so differently, even though he used to provide for the incapable family members! This novella is a deep one, and glad that you reviewed it 🙂


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