Like many book lovers I know, I have a bunch of books on my table that I plan to read. Michael Majors' book had been on my side table since it came out this summer. However, I must admit that every time it came to the top, I would put it at the bottom again. Here comes my confession: Kafka had always been a little intimidating to me, partly because I believed it was only for students of philosophy and hence out of the realm of "normal" book lovers as myself. Philosophy books have not normally been on my summer book lists. Metamorphosis was the extent of my endeavor into Kafka's world.
However, once I got the courage to finally pick it up, I found this book intriguing and quite absorbing. The translation is so fluid and seamless that one forgets Kafka didn't write in English! The interpretations engage you and compel you to think out of the box. Surprisingly I found myself having my own personal opinion about Kafka's stories, not always agreeing with Major's interpretations. I tend to believe this is what Major really had in mind when he was writing this book. If his objective had been to have Kafka novices, such as myself, to get the courage to pick the book up, enter Kafka's world and form their own opinions, he has been greatly successful.
All and all a journey well worth taking.