page 72 of 384 of The Death Ship

This novel and Kafka’s ‘The Castle’ were published the same year, 1926 (‘The Trial’ was a year previous in 25). Granted, Kafka wrote his novels 10 years prior to publication but he was reacting to the same absurdities of modernity.

Where the authors diverge are in humor. Kafka’s characters are desperate, earnest and serious, Traven is caviler, jocular and typically American.

This is a very funny novel.