Page 3: Brad Fruhauff on the Classics
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The modern version of Ovid is much funnier than the ancient—and intentionally so. Before there was magical realism there was Kafka’s brand of banal surrealism in which his deadpan narrator opens the story with the explanation that, “One morning Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams and found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous insect.” Much of the comedy comes from the way Gregor tries to go about his normal life as if nothing has happened—imagine Bob Newhart in the lead role.
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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com