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The Castle Paperback – Aug 9 2009
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Anthea Bell is a freelance translator from French and German and the winner of various translation awards: the Schlegel-Tieck Award, UK, three times; the Wolff Award, US; the Austrian State Prize for Literary Translation. She is the translator of W. G. Sebald and Stefan Zweig, and is best-known as the translator of Asterix. Ritchie Robertson is the author of the Very Short Introduction to Kafka. For Oxford World's Classics he has translated Hoffmann's The Golden Pot and Other Stories andintroduced editions of Freud and Schnitzler. He is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Mann.
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Not recommended for people with weak hearts or feeble minds though.
I understand that Kafka is known for this particular kind of storytelling. Heck, we now have the word 'Kafkaesque' and its definition draws from how he did his stories.
So I started this book, and at first everything was okay. But then things really, really, really got grating. I'm not kidding you. You can only read so many instances of how our main character is frustrated at every turn by this crazy bureaucracy before you're wishing that the story would just MOVE THE EFF ON.
Now, Kafka died before he could finish this book, so I can forgive the ending a little bit. But still, the whole book can be very grating, and will only appeal to some people. Many things are unexplained, and some of the things that happen in the book are just too surreal, like K taking up with the lovely young lady who has a... really weird situation. If the point of this story was to frustrate and befuddle with no real conclusion, then Kafka pulled it off.