The Trial by Franz Kafka #JuneReads
This is my first book written by Franz Kafka. I picked this book for three (3) main reasons, first, I learned that Franz Kafka is one of Murakami’s often cited influences; second, I wanted to read a Kafka authored novel before I indulge on Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore; and third, I recently completed watching the Kdrama Strangers from Hell starred by the very handsome and brilliant actor, Lee Dong Wook where the series gave several references to Franz Kafka, especially his work, The Metamorphosis. 😍
The story of The Trial started with a narration that: “Somebody must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything wrong, he was arrested.” With his groundless and ambiguous arrest, Josef K. quickly finds himself caught up in the mindless bureaucracy of the law and the justice system.
This book is surely intriguing and thought-provoking. With the recent events happening in the world, this book literally sent chills on my spine. It is well-settled that the law’s primary function is to maintain public order. This will prevent our society from being “archaic,” but what if the law itself, or law makers themselves enact laws that push our society to chaos? How would archaic laws affect modern society? Generally, we felt safer with laws, but I quote Josef K.: “What sort of men were they? What were they talking about? What office did they represent? After all, K. lived in a state governed by law, there was universal peace, all statues were in force; who dared assault him in his own lodgings?”
So who assaulted Josef K. in his home? Should we blame the officers or the ones who control them? Again, I quote: “But I’m not doing that, instead I’m serious about getting them off; if I’d suspected they’d punished, or even known to they faced possible punishment, I would never have mentioned their names. Because I don’t even consider them guilty; it’s the organization that’s guilty, it’s the high officials who are guilty.” #Totalitarianism #TheTrial #FranzKafka #BooksofInstagram #Bookstagram #photooftheday #Bookworm #Romance #BookbLAWgger #Quotes #BookBlogger #Books #bookishcommunity #Booklove - 3 hours ago