I saw a theatrical adaptation of The Trial by Kafka last Friday and was blown away by it. I must confess that I haven’t read the book, though the prison chaplain’s character did quote the entirety of the short story “Before the Law,” which I’ve read. While I found “Before the Law” unnecessarily confounding, what the Fermat’s Last Theater Co. did with The Trial was brilliant. They managed to make government’s maddening, labyrinthine bureaucracy funny.
And, since, the prison chaplain’s character recited “Before the Law,” I’m again wrestling with confusion over the story’s meaning. Sure, I like a story to make me think, but a story that frustrates me to the point of throwing books across the room and angrily mumbling to myself is something I’d rather avoid.
So, here it is dear blog reader. Make of it what you will and please write your interpretations/reactions in the comments: