Cliff Notes are the familiar summaries, Cliff Notes Notes Notes are summaries of the summaries - get it? The Jungle - by Upton Sinclair A guy immigrates from Lithuania, but is disappointed at American working conditions. Metamorphosis - by Franz Kafka A guy turns into a cockroach, and upsets his family. Grapes of Wrath - by John Steinbeck A family of agricultural workers can't get along with their employers. Moby Dick - by Herman Melville A guy tries to get revenge on a fish, but ends up getting killed instead.