16% done with The Trial

What’s striking with the opening of the novel is not how quickly Kafka gets right to the point (why other writers can’t do this is beyond me), but how annoying and sort of unlikable Joseph K. is. I almost get the feeling that we’re supposed to feel a sort of empathy with the machine responsible for the arrest. But we’re also seeing the first signs of him second guessing himself and that will soon break his attitude.