Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (rating: ?)
There must be some cultural references, references to philosophy, politics or social issues that I didn't get, because I didn't understand this book at all. When I finished reading it, I had a vague sense of some sort of symbolism that I was missing, but when I referred to the back cover (which I'd avoided reading until I read the book itself), it said something about Kafka's style being one of juxtaposing the absolutely frightening with the absolutely banal. If that's all it is, then, yes, I understood the book. Which doesn't mean I necessarily thought it was a great read. I'm not rating this one: I still think I didn't get what Kafka was trying to do.