The Castle, Paperback Book
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The story of K and his arrival in a village where he is never accepted, and his relentless, unavailing struggle with authority in order to gain entrance to the castle that seems to rule it.

K's isolation and perplexity, his begging for the approval of elusive and anonymous powers, epitomises Kafka's vision of twentieth-century alienation and anxiety.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • ISBN: 9780749399528

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I'd never read anything like Kafka when I found "The Castle" down at my local library. I was still quite young then, and perhaps wasn't prepared for what lay in store for me; it took me a while to make my way through the book, and when I had finished I wasn't sure how to make sense of it all. I'm still not sure, but I do know that, as a piece of fiction, "The Castle" is very impressive.As a side-note, it's with some sadness that I saw my library redeveloped a few years back. It wasn't a real redevelopment - now they have computers and such - but what changed about five years was the removal of one little carousel, stuck at the end of an aisle where it didn't really belong, that was crowded with foreign books. I discovered Kafka there, and Lem too; how I wish I could make more discoveries like those so innocently, and without such precipitous expectations!