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A multi-layered and thought-provoking novel,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Trial (Vintage Classics) (Paperback)
This novel is one of those with many interpretations. Firsty, we are introduced to the main character Josef K. and taken on his journey through the pits and downfalls of the court and government at this particular time. K. is on trial, yet Kafka cleverly never lets the reader find out what for - thus leaving the novel encased in mystery and intrigue. This seems very odd and slightly annoying at first, but, as you read on you realise that this does not make the slightest bit of difference. Kafka uses fully fleshed-out characters in this work, every character having a deep psychological meaning within the plot. This novel is timeless, the stereotypes imposed were common when this was written but some are still present today. Kafka's style of writing is very easy to read, he keeps the story moving while also expounding his underlying message of hopelessness and bitterness of K.'s character. The characters of the advocate and Leni are very interesting and we are shown K's feelings towards them yet we never fully find out his opinion of them as people. This makes the novel open to interpretation. Some people find it just an odd and clever story, others find more. Don't read this lightly, there is more to it than meets the eye. A second-read may expose more to you than first.
Buy and read - see for yourself.