While extremely interesting and very well designed (good references, interesting hypothesis and good build-up), it did not demolish the myth. I'm not sure how everybody else felt the myth (the author describes the way he felt it, and tries to give general outlines as to how others might have) but the book left me feeling Kafka as I did before: deeply troubled, socially (very)awkward, unable to love and let others love him, and deeply disappointed by himself in the world. My, only four, stars reflect just that. That for me it did not to the job it set out to do. On the other hand: it is very well written, it is an enjoyable read, and a very clear (probably one of the most honest) journey through Kafka's life.