The Meowmorphosis

The Meowmorphosis

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by Franz Kafka, Cook Coleridge
     
 

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“One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that he had been changed into an adorable kitten.”

Thus begins The Meowmorphosis—a bold, startling, and fuzzy-wuzzy new edition of Kafka’s classic nightmare tale, from the publishers of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies! Meet Gregor…  See more details below

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“One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that he had been changed into an adorable kitten.”

Thus begins The Meowmorphosis—a bold, startling, and fuzzy-wuzzy new edition of Kafka’s classic nightmare tale, from the publishers of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies! Meet Gregor Samsa, 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 and discovers that, inexplicably, he is now a man-sized baby kitten. His family freaks out: Yes, their son is OMG so cute, but what good is cute when there are bills to pay? And how can Gregor be so selfish as to devote all his attention to a scrap of ribbon? As his new feline identity threatens to eat away at his personality, Gregor desperately tries to survive this bizarre, bewhiskered ordeal by accomplishing the one thing he never could as a man: He must flee his parents’ house.

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Editorial Reviews

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:
9781594745126
Publisher:
Quirk Publishing
Publication date:
05/10/2011
Series:
Quirk Classics
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
File size:
3 MB

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Meet the Author

Franz Kafka is one of the 20th century’s most influential authors. His novella “The Metamorphosis” and novels The Trial and The Castle are regarded among the most original works of modern Western literature. Coleridge Cook is a pseudonym for one of the most acclaimed young fantasy writers of the 21st century. She is a beloved novelist, blogger, and poet as well as a finalist for the Hugo and World Fantasy awards.

Brief Biography

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

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The Meowmorphosis 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
shayrp76 More than 1 year ago
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
Lilac_Wolf More than 1 year ago
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 change...in 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 Kafka...you 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?)