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    Words Without Borders | Franz Kafka | 20 min
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    Words Without Borders
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    • Pegeen
      Reading streakScribe
      2 weeks ago

      I struggled first attempt to get through this. Second read was easier, as I just allowed the story to unfold instead of trying to figure it out. Then the sadness of conformity as a “way out”. Then a memory of going to the town circus and being horrified at all the animals dressed as humans being forced to jump through hoops. Never went to another circus again!

      • bill
        Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
        2 weeks ago

        the sadness of conformity as a “way out”.

        YES. That's exactly what stuck out to me too. Especially here:

        Had I been a follower of the grand freedom I mentioned earlier, I'm sure I would have chosen the sea over the way out I saw in the gloomy faces of these people.

        We all make compromises to fit in. This highlights how tragic that can feel.

    • jeff
      Top reader this weekReading streakScoutScribe
      2 weeks ago

      Wow. I had to immediately re-read this after the first pass to really absorb it. Incredibly sad but also one of the most interesting things I've read in a while. Not going to forget this one any time soon.

      • bill
        Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
        2 weeks ago

        Yep - excellent!!