Not everybody loves Kafka and I’m thankful for that.I joined the Folio Society last year when they were holding their Summer Sale,and these Kafka novels immediately caught my eye.They were each discounted at 50% and I knew I should have them.Although I hadn’t read any Kafka before,I knew about the man and since long wanted to read his novels,as I knew I would learn much from doing so.
Now,why am I thankful that Kafka’s books do not have a universal appeal? Well,I got these at 50% and that would never have been possible,had Kafka’s works been popular.As a matter of fact,Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis and Other Stories’ wasn’t – and so far has not been – discounted,simply because the book is very popular and doesn’t need to be discounted to attract buyers.
I feel lucky to have discovered Kafka’s world in Folio editions.These books at times were heavy and depressing,but since they were turned into the best they could look by the Folio Society,it was easy for me to go through them.Bill Bragg,who illustrates all three books ,has totally grasped Kafka’s universe and the intros are superb.I would like to mention John Sutherland’s introduction for The Castle.If you’re a fan of Kafka,you HAVE to read this.This man knows Kafka by heart and gives you a different insight on the author.He talks about Camus’s Myth of Sisyphus,Freud’s thoughts on Kafka and what Kafka is to literature .So far,this is the best introduction of a book that I have read.
All in all,these Kafka books,especially the two at the top,are among those novels that made me into who I am today.And I always look at them differently from the way I do at other books.
– Hmm.I must save my money one day and buy The Metamorphosis and Other Stories.Only then will the collection be complete.