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LAUREN B. DAVIS

Author of AGAINST A DARKENING SKY, THE EMPTY ROOM, OUR DAILY BREAD, and others. Find out more at www.LaurenBDavis.com. I read as if my sanity depended upon it.. . . oh, wait, it does! Snort.

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The Metamorphosis and Other Stories (Dover Thrift Editions) - Franz Kafka, Stanley Appelbaum

One of the most famous opening lines in literature:   "As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect." 

 

Well, this will certainly be a day unlike all others.

 

A classic work of expressionism.  A metaphor for what happens to an individual when he lives a life he loathes, for extreme alienation and rebellion.  What the reader brings to the text will inform his or her interpretation, and that makes the work all the more extraordinary.