Kafka and the Metamorphosis

Short story about Kafka and The Metamorphosis

Kafka and the Metamorphosis

So here are few things about Kafka and The Metamorphosis. To be honest I was a bit afraid of his works. There is this gloomy dark aura around his writings and what’s more, around Kafka himself. But as I’m living now in his city and his country I thought I would just give it a try.

So, I’ve started with some of his short stories. The book I got was a compilation of all his works published when he was alive. The stories were the ones which the author really wanted to show to the world. As you know or not, his most famous books were published postmortem, by his friend, who was asked by Kafka to burn all unpublished stories.

But back to the topic, reading slowly through my book, I was heading slowly but surely to the Metamorphosis. I was curious. In a bad way. It’s not normal being curious about the story of the man who turns into a big insect. And yet, I think it provokes such strange uneasiness and well, curiosity in each and every person that it becomes normal in some wayBecause we are human. We are curious by nature about wired things. So after all, Kafka got a plus from me. Just by reminding me that I’m like everyone. In every way.

And then the story came. And again I think it is about us. Humans. About our nature. But not the idealized one, or the demonized one. The true nature of human which is mixture of goodness and badness, selfishness and empathy. Cowardliness and bravery. And all what is between. And I have to admit, that Kafka presented it in unique beautiful and a bit creepy way. By telling a story about a big bug…


Even though 
Kafka and The Metamorphosis will make you sad, it is definitely worth reading. I still feel sad when I think about it, yet I want to read it again. Just to take deep dive in, into all the facets of the human nature. Maybe I will understand it better next time…

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Born Free by Joy Adamson

Born Free by Joy Adamson

I’m usually quite hesitant when it comes to the books about animals. They are generally sad stories and without happy ending. Or even with happy ending! But the way to it is usually so dramatic that it’s just not for my nerves;) Hovever Born Free by Joy Adamson was a gift. And it was a real story about the tame lioness so I couldn’t resist.

Technically, the story is about tame lioness who was successfully released into the wild. Easy and simply. But only techically. I would warn you that this is something quite different than it appears. I guess it is above all, a story about friendship. Passionate and a bit intrusive from the human part and graceful but strong from the lioness part.

There was an undeniable bond between the author and Elsa. And because of it, because of this love they were always close to each other. Joy Adamson tried to be there for the lioness and she, the lioness came to her always. Well, almost always. And when she didn’t, the heroine was sure to go looking for the lioness. I’m sure that it was all for the good reasons but still… The love she was showing to Elsa was, it seems, something which wouldn’t let the lioness go completely free and wild…

If you are an animal lover, activist or vegetarian, Born Free by Joy Adamson is definitely the book not for you. I was a bit horrified how many goats were sacrificed for the purpose of feeding the “already released to the wild“ Elsa. As I don’t want to say too much about the plot I will stop here with only one more comment. There are a lot of doubtful and controversial moments in this book but nevertheless, there was undeniable link between two main actresses of the book. And that is beautiful. That is the reason why this book is worth reading.

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About creating bookmarks…

About creating bookmarks

You know I love to read, and as an obvious result of it, creating bookmarks was something quite natural for me. Firstly, I’ve created some strictly wire bookmarks but after some time I wanted to make them a little more colorful. A bit thematic maybe. Definitely more colorful. I guess I wanted also to create something new. From time to time I have this feeling that I want to make something out of my comfort zone. Not much out of it. But at least a bit;) and so this series of bookmarks was created.

So generally speaking I take some beautiful paper, often recycled one, from old notebooks or scraps from packing paper and I wrapped it with wire. I guess I like this idea because in the end, it’s like a little picture framed with wire.

 

          I always thought that a nice bookmark is a great addition to a perfect reading experience. This doesn’t prevent me from using a metro ticket or a receipt as a bookmark if the situation demands it. But if you want to plunge into reading, after a long tiring day at work. With a cup of hot tea and some cookies. If you chose your book carefully and then light some candles to make the room more cozy. I guess in this kind of situation a beautiful unique bookmark is a must.

 And now a little add part for this short post about creating bookmarks;) here is my bookmark shop section: HERE  and in my etsy shop HERE

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blogging about books

blogging about books

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What do you say about blogging about books? I have some plans for this blog, some are bigger, some not so much. One of them is to post here some thoughts about books I’ve read. I would love to take gorgeous photos of books I’ve read, tell you what do I think about them. Maybe recommend or not. But then, there is the realization of  the idea! It’s always a tricky thing, these discrepancies between thought and reality. And reality always causes some problems. I need to chose a book. I need to photograph it. What if it’s not a good book to share with you. When I find the time to make those gorgeous photograph?s. Should I finish first the book before sharing it with you? (with this particular question I think the answer is yes) and so on and on. I wont tell you all the questions which are rumbling in my head, they are noisy and irritating but I try no to make more of them than that.. I’m already happy that I will take some photos of the book because it’s fun! It would be really nice to get out of my head all those thoughts and impressions about the books I read. Because it’s simply great to share the thoughts about books. Mostely, in my opinion, because it helps you understand it better. Well, anyhow, there is also posting, and here is is, the first post is created! First photo taken. I hope you will enjoy my blogging about books which will follow!

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