|Cover of The Metamorphosis|
Although obviously perturbed by being an insect, his real concern seemed to be for the sensibilities of his sister and mother who had to look after him. I've been reading lots of short stories recently, in an effort to master the writing of them, and the weirdness of this one really made it stick in my mind. Rather than being completely freaked out by what had happened, everyone in the family just seemed to find it a bit embarrassing so the whole story seemed even more surreal than the subject matter made it and everything seemed a bit off kilter, while at the same time being very concerned with mundanities such as eating, cleaning and paying the rent. Brilliant!