The Trial

The Trial by Franz Kafka

I read this many years ago, but got it again this summer as part of my summer reading.

It is a compelling and disturbing story of disconnection. The main character is swept along by events that he doesn’t understand. Even though individual parts of the story makes sense, as a whole it does not really hold together. I was interested to see how K was steadily undermined in his job by his increasing obsession with his case. Of course, there are all sorts of metaphors in the story. Perhaps K is guilty of being a ‘bad person’, and this is the nature of his trial.

I tried to encourage Kit to read it, by offering him 10pounds. Later, he said ‘Dad, this book is really good!’, but added ‘for swatting flies’.

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