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Publishers Weekly
Gregor Samsa wakes up as an adorable kitten, and Kafka's famously surreal story becomes even more brain breaking. Samsa's fate is especially poignant, and his family's treatment of him is all the more inhumane, now that he's cute and furry. Cook (a pseudonym for a popular fantasy author) creatively draws from Kafka's other works to pad the original short tale to novel length. With a biographical note alleging that Kafka was stalked all his life by sinister cats until he became obsessed with them, and a plot that weaves in a new narrative about a group of formerly human cats who run a nonsensical and arbitrary court, the book seems like an artifact from a peculiar and troubling alternate universe. Jane Austen mashup fans won't know what to do with this one, but it's highly recommended for connoisseurs of the bizarre. (May)
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“Highly recommended for connoisseurs of the bizarre.”—Publishers Weekly

“Takes meta-fiction to dizzying new heights.”—The Huffington Post

Children's Literature - Denise Hartzler
Quirk Classics once again charts bold new territory, transforming Franz Kafka's horrific masterpiece, The Metamorphosis, with the fuzziest, delicate and most adorable creatures possible: kittens! Gregor Samsa is a humble young man who works as a fabric salesman to support his parents and sister. His life goes strangely awry when he wakes up late for work from anxiety-laden dreams and realizes that he is now a man-sized kitten. His family freaks out; yes, their son is so cute, but what good is cute when there are bills piling up? If Samsa is to survive this bizarre ordeal, he will have to achieve what he never could before—escape from his parents' house. What works well is that, for the most part, Cook doesn't just try to swap out "kitten" for "bug." The Metamorphosis plot trajectory is there, but there's not a one-to-one identification, which would have been simplistic and would have left out a lot of good jokes (such as Gregor's sister's overwhelming adoration for her cuddly kitten brother). A great read for all that will definitely reconnect a reader to the original classics of Franz Kafka. Reviewer: Denise Hartzler
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594745034
  • Publisher: Quirk Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/10/2011
  • Series: Quirk Classics Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,430,939
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 8.03 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka was one of the most significant and influential fiction writers of the 20th century. Dark, absurdist, and existential, his stories and novels concern the struggles of troubled individuals to survive in an impersonal, bureaucratic world.


Franz Kafka was born in 1883 to a well-to-do middle-class Jewish family. His father, the self-made proprietor of a wholesale haberdashery business, was a domineering man whose approbation Franz continually struggled to win. The younger Kafka's feelings of inadequacy and guilt form the background of much of his work and are made explicit in his "Letter to His Father" (excerpted in this volume), which was written in 1919 but never sent.

Kafka was educated in the German language schools of Prague and at the city's German University, where in 1908 he took a law degree. Literature, however, remained his sole passion. At this time he became part of a literary circle that included Franz Werfel, Martin Buber, and Kafka's close friend Max Brod. Encouraged by Brod, Kafka published the prose collection Observations in 1913. Two years later his story "The Stoker" won the Fontaine prize. In 1916 he began work on The Trial and between this time and 1923 produced three incomplete novels as well as numerous sketches and stories. In his lifetime some of his short works did appear: The Judgment (1916), The Metamorphosis (1916), The Penal Colony (1919), and The Country Doctor (1919).

Before his death of tuberculosis in 1924, Kafka had charged Max Brod with the execution of his estate, ordering Brod to burn the manuscripts. With the somewhat circular justification that Kafka must have known his friend could not obey such an order, Brod decided to publish Kafka's writings. To this act of "betrayal" the world owes the preservation of some of the most unforgettable and influential literary works of our century.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      July 3, 1883
    2. Place of Birth:
      Prague, Austria-Hungary
    1. Date of Death:
      June 3, 1924
    2. Place of Death:
      Vienna, Austria
    1. Education:
      German elementary and secondary schools. Graduated from German Charles-Ferdinand University of Prague.

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

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    A Lilac Wolf and Stuff Review

    This review is very hard for me to write. The cover is cute, and this is another of the Quirk Classic mash-up, and Kafka is a big name. Hey, I like cats, I was looking forward to this one. A way to get my classic lit into my reading diet.

    I like the cat the original the guy turned into a big cockroach. So what Cook Coleridge did, worked.

    However, Kafka...what were you writing? I think he is a writer that intellectuals say they love so they don't look stupid. The book didn't make any sense right from the beginning. The character is working for this awful company as a traveling salesman to work off his parents debt. Yet they live in a nice house with a servant girl??? And why would he HAVE to work for the company, just get the job you want and pay it off. Here's a thought, since Mom, Dad, and sis don't work, let them cook and clean. You would pay off that debt even faster!

    So he wakes up one morning and he's a kitten. More afraid of losing his job than anything else. I'm pretty sure the morphing into a kitten would be my TOP priority. And even with the original cockroach I'm not sure what the point here is. Unless he's saying all salesmen are the most disgusting bugs...I think lawyers and politicians are worse. lol

    I hate writing a bad review, but I do think I'd give Cook Coleridge another chance on his own work but and I are done. (Ok my husband just told me that it's an Absurdist novel and it's not supposed to make sense so I guess...job well done?)

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    K. is for kitten!

    Its pretty simple really: if you are a fan of Kafka and this story, but feel it needs a kitty update, your dreams have come true. This really is a modified version of the story but it doesn't "stray" far (sorry) from the original. If you don't like Kafka or the original story you may end up throwing your e-reader out the window. I enjoyed this thoroughly, however.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    That would be awesome!

    Who wouldnt want to be a giant kitten!? That would be the best time of my life! There would be so many things you could do!

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

    meow mix

    The Meowmorphosis by Frank Kafka & Cooleridge Cook
    Waking up late is a bad way to start the day. Waking up late to find that you have been transformed into a large kitten is a worse way to start your day. George Samsa is a traveling salesman who takes care of his parents and sister, so this is an inconvenience to say the least.
    Staying very close to The Metamorphosis until Samsa's adventure outside; I didn't like it anymore or any less. The cat transformation made it a little less creepy, but that's just a personal opinion. It's obvious, in both, that this is a depressing story about what we would call a dysfunctional family today.
    I think Cook did a great good of making this story a little easier to read and maybe even a little more entertaining. For the full effect of what Kafka was trying to get across I think that reading the original is required. Overall, I recommend The Meowmorphosis

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