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What’s the oddest book you’ve ever read?After much thought, I'd have to say it would be anything written by Franz Kafka (1883-1924), a Czech novelist who wrote in German.
Did you like it? Hate it? Did it make you think?
The first of his writings that came to my mind was Metamorphosis, a novella about a man who woke one morning to discover he had become a cockroach. I've also read his novels, The Trial (1925) and The Castle (1926). For his characters, the world was like a nightmare. In The Trial, the defendant can't find out what he's done wrong, what he's being charged with. In The Castle, the protagonist can't gain access to the castle, and he can't find anyone to help him. Each main character is isolated in a fearful, dehumanized world.
I did rather enjoy the books, maybe more in hindsight as I think about how the world around me works. Maybe I especially like to think about Kafka's odd worlds when I have to deal with bureaucrats.
"Kafkaesque" entered the English language as an adjective meaning "marked by a senseless, disorienting, often menacing complexity," as in Kafkaesque bureaucracies.
Good grief, Charlie Brown! Is that you in the drawing above?