The story itself wasn't bad. I enjoyed it, but I was not excited about it. This particular edition would be great for a literature class or a literature major; but it contains way too much for an average reader. About three quarters of the edition is devoted to critical essays of the story, analysis of the story, and letters and diary entries written by Kafka around the time the story was written, along with commentary on these entries. I did not finish all of the essays, letters, and diary entries because I was not interested in getting that in depth an understanding from other people.