The Trial by Franz Kafka – Dystopian Books Review

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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of Philosophical Fiction Novel The Trial.

Franz Kafka wrote Der Process, a German Novel meaning The Trial in English. The author published the book in the year 1925. Undoubtedly, this novel presents one of his best-known works. The novel became translated and published in English during 1937.

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Author: Franz Kafka

Genre: philosophical fiction, dystopian fiction, absurdist fiction, paranoid fiction

Pages: 255

Good reads rating:  3.98 of 5

My Ratings: 8.1 of 10

Published: 2009 (Reprint)

Publisher: Dover Publications

Language: English

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Review and Summary of Philosophical Fiction Novel The Trial.

***Warning Spoilers Below This Point***

Josef K. is a chief cashier in his bank. On his 30th birthday, unidentified agents arrested him but set him free to await instructions from Committee of Affairs. The landlady of Joseph, Frau Grubach, shows sympathy, but she hints that the trial happens because of his immoral sexual relationship with Fräulein Bürstner. After a few days, another girl Fräulein Montag moves in with Bürstner and Joseph realises that it is to keep him away from his love.

Joseph receives an order to attend a court hearing on Sunday but without a sign of the time. Joseph keeps on searching and finds the court in an attic. They blame him because of the delay in the hearings to start. He plea against the absurd trials and mentions that the accusations against him remain empty. Joseph finds a woman in court who tries to seduce him, meanwhile, a law student arrives and takes her with him. This law student takes Joseph on a tour of court offices.

One evening, Joseph discovers the two agents who wanted to arrest him in the bank storage room. They experienced an attack because they asked a bribe from Joseph. Joseph’s uncle visits him and introduces him to bedridden Herr Huld. Huld’s nurse, Leni, becomes attracted to Joseph. Joseph meets his uncle, angered by his limited concern about the trial. After a few visits to Huld, Joseph realises that Huld might not help him.

Will Joseph come out of this case or not? Many events take place as the story continues to take us to the journey of Joseph.

Final Say on Philosophical Fiction Novel The Trial.

This novel receives my ratings of 8.1 out of 10 because the author combined paranoia and philosophical fiction in one. Although the novel presented a lengthy storyline, it remained interesting and well presented. Would I re-read this novel? No. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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