The Trial is the story of one man, Josef K. who one morning discovers that he is being placed under arrest, which is the start of his trial, through madness, paranoia and into the unknown, the reader follows the journey of K. along his spiral downwards as his life begins to fall away.
Throughout the book, we are never told exactly what K. is on trial for, and for a good reason too, Kafka was a brilliant writer. K. wakes one morning and is arrested for an unknown crime, but never actually convicted or placed on trial using the real sense of the word, by that I mean Judge and Jury etc. but ordered to report to a court every so often. This ordeal seems to prove impossible and we soon discover that his trip appears ludicrous, and as the book develops, we start to realise that the trial for K. has turned into a hellish nightmare of dead ends and wild characters.
K.’s frustration and paranoia is something, which, Kafka exploits to outstanding effect, in this humorous, satirical tale of one man struggling against matters, which have already been decided.
Kafka's writing style is extremely effortless, which makes reading this book even more enjoyable, you are not tied down to long descriptive passages, but descriptions of places are perfected enough to envisage the atmosphere and the surroundings. I would recommend this book to anyone who has never read any Kafka before, because although slightly more complex than Metamorphosis, it still remains an excellent book, which allows you to appreciate the author to a great degree. It also persuaded me to go out and read more books by Frank Kafka, a truly excellent modern classic.