What can I possibly say about this book that hasn't already been said? It's a classic for a reason, and it definitely deserves this distinction. It's a dark and disturbing story that is about reversals - Gregor Samsa begins the story as the breadwinner of his household, supporting his parents and sister, and ends the story as their burden, preventing them from getting ahead, much as they were preventing him getting what he wanted out of life. I really like the way the author writes realistically about beetle-Gregor's movements; although he can understand human speech, he's not an anthropomorphized walking, talking cartoon type beetle but an actual insect. All in all this is one of those stories that won't soon leave your mind once you have read it. Highly recommended.