Insect Dreams: The Half Life of Gregor Samsa

Written by Marc Estrin
Review by Jesse Dubuc

Written a in a crisp, entirely absorbing style, describable only as inescapably intriguing, Insect Dreams unearths a debate, which, while possibly unconscious, nevertheless rages in all of us. This profound work chronicles the life of Gregor Samsa, generally common man and mere cloth salesman become cockroach and weighty philosopher, who is given a unique place from which to observe humankind and its ultimate ends. Covering most of the major events of his time, from post-World War I Vienna through the age of the atomic bomb in America, Gregor reflects profoundly on where humankind is going. Searching for the elusive, yet enticing purpose of human need for philosophical truth through this immutable lens of transformation, Gregor is presented with the inexorable contradictions of human nature and its final consequences.

Few texts of philosophy can deal with such a subject with the same honesty and clarity of this work. While the actuality of existence is, as always, an incomplete act, this work shall rank among those that serve to guide our opinions and thoughts. Ambitious and yet delivering all and more than its implied promises, Insect Dreams is beyond essential reading, it is essential thinking.