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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 Franz 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 Finds 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 Piling Up And How Can He Expect Them To Serve Him Meals Every Day If Gregor Is To Survive This Bizarre, Bewhiskered Ordeal, He Ll Have To Achieve What He Never Could Before Escape From His Parents House Complete With Haunting Illustrations And A Provocative Biographical Expos Of Kafka S Own Secret Feline Life, The Meowmorphosis Will Take You On A Journey Deep Into The Tortured Soul Of The Domestic Tabby


10 thoughts on “The Meowmorphosis

  1. says:

    In compliance with FTC guidelines, I disclose thatI received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads I have never thrown a book away after reading it before in my life until I read The Meowmorphosis I will admit that I am not particularly good at reading works of literature and divining the meanings, allusions, and symbolism, but this book has no value at all In order to get a good basis off which to judge this book, I read Kafka s The Metamorphosis It was a very strange tale weird, bleak, and depressing until the very end It is spoken of as an extensively taught short story and a cornerstone of the academic literary world It is because I read Kafka the same day that when reading The Meowmorphosis I realized it was almost a word for word copy with cat in the place of bug , even when the change made little sense The quality of the writing plummets in the middle, the section of original writing, and reads like a high school student trying to mimic Kafka Then Gregor the Cat returns and the book ends with Kafka s lines with the respective changes made to denote the cat transformation again, even when it makes little sense in relation to the other lines Kafka s The Metamorphosis is in the public domain and easily available for free online from a number of sources, or as part of a print collection What the people business geniuses plagiarizers at Quirk Classics are doing is taking a free book, making a few cosmetic changes, adding a rather poorly written middle, and charging 10 15 for it Its a great strategy, but in terms of quality it is reprehensible This book is the equivalent of staging a serious play, say Hamlet , and having the actors randomly throw pies and run around like loons while the audience stuffs their face with fast food and guffaws and the silly people on stage I will freely admit that there is a perfectly valid use of mocking serious works, but this book takes the tone of Oh, funny literature , lets be goofy, mock it for being serious, and reduce it to a simpleton level without the skill it requires to be genuinely entertaining I had always thought these books started off the same as the classic they mimicked, then went off the rails with crazy ideas and plots This was a huge disappointment Advertising this book as an original work is borderline criminal.


  2. says:

    Sorry Quirk Books, but you really quirked up this time.Kafka is not an author I d immediately associate with literary mash ups, seeing as he s neither a fun nor, quite honestly, entertaining read In fact, he s quite depressing and it s hard to imagine how his works could be spiced up enough to be made palatable to a general audience Enter Quirk Books with The Meowmorphosis Okay, I thought, if anyone could make Kafka likeable, it s Quirk add a cute, fluffy kitty into the mix and you ve probably got a hit on your hands Um, no.Basically substituting the word kitten for cockroach , Coleridge s writing still leaves us with the body of Kafka s story, which, despite the kitten influence, remains depressing and obfuscating I ll be quite honest I haven t the foggiest idea what the moral behind the tale tail Ha ha is Something to do with Socialism vs Capitalism I m guessing Plus, by using the kitten cockroach substitution, it actually made the story even bewildering We re talking about a cute, fuzzy kitty, right So why are people running away in disgust Why are they trying to step on it and kill it just like a cockroach Then again, it s supposedly a man sized kitty, but, if it is, when he wanders the streets, why does no one respond to his size If there s a tiger sized tabby cat wandering around my neighborhood, I m certainly going to sit up and take notice Yet no one does And while I agree a tight collar on a cat is devastating, an affliction borne by Gregor thanks to his schizophrenic sister read the book, if you dare, you ll see what I mean , why does it weaken his back legs Did the collar cause a stroke And why is Gregor occasionally weak, so weak he has to drag himself around, and then healthy enough to spring up onto the furniture Quite frankly, by the time I finished this book, I was shaking my head in despair and mind numbing confusion.Maybe I m just not smart enough to appreciate this story If that s the case, fine I ll stick with my Terry Pratchett and Ann Aguirre, and leave this to the intelligentsia So why two stars and not one Because at the end of the book, Coleridge has provided us with a short, humorous biography of Kafka Let s just say it features kitties It s not laugh out loud funny, but it s enough to provide a chuckle or two, which I felt deserved a star.


  3. says:

    One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that he had been changed into an adorable kitten In less capable hands, such a prompt would have resulted in a book that simply replaced the word insect with kitten But Quirk Books wisely commissioned an extremely capable fantasy writer to re imagine Franz Kafka s The Metamorphosis as a work of gonzo literature I m happy to report that The Meowmorphosis out this May from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies publisher Quirk Books is than the one note parody its early detractors feared.While the initial chapters stick close to Kafka s well known novella, the book spirals out of control in a good way when Samsa leaves his parents home to relieve them of the burden of caring and feeding for such a large, adorable kitten Samsa s adventure is both hilarious and horrifying to witness, and takes meta fiction to dizzying new heights The new co writer absolutely nails Kafka s voice the new passages integrate so well with the story that it s hard to believe the book isn t entirely written by one author.Co author Coleridge Cook a pseudonym for an award winning fantasy novelist describes Samsa s feline behavior in detail, and not a page goes by in which a piece of furniture is not scratched or perched on Bowls of milk are lapped at, and humans are snuggled with.Will cat lovers enjoy The Meowmorphosis Yes there s no doubt in my mind that cat lovers will find Samsa just as cute and cuddly as his sister does in the story I m a dog person, and even I was LOL ing by the book s end.


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    I came to this book with a fair amount of skepticism I m a big fan of Kafka and not such a big fan of the humorous parody literature genre I enjoyed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies because the silly conceit of putting zombies into Jane Austen s world actually created something meaningful The zombies could be seen as a physical representation of the stultifying effect of harsh morality and the refusal of the gentry to acknowledge uncomfortable truths However, many of the parodies that followed Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, Android Karenina seemed like brainless sequels with little to offer beyond the initial pun of the title.I picked up the Meowmorphosis because it was offered free in a library book bin Also, I could not resist the picture of a kitten in a top hat on the cover However, I dreaded reading it It sat on my bookshelf for years When I finally forced myself to open it, I was initially pleasantly surprised Turning all the disgusting, disturbing imagery of Kafka s original into fuzzy, cute imagery was very intellectually pleasing I found it very funny and also thought that it could engage a lover of Kafka s literature, by putting his nightmare imagery into a different context The book lost me again about halfway through Perhaps Coleridge Cook didn t have enough material from the Metamorphoses to make a full book, because he departs from that text and starts adding scenes from The Trial and The Castle I like both of those books than The Metamorphosis but the idea of randomly transforming the characters into cats doesn t hold up very well I found that there was limited pleasure to be had from re imagining scenes from those novels with cats instead of humans.One question is does this book really need to exist Does the cultural canon need a version of The Metamorphosis starring a cat instead of a cockroach Probably not Still, I think it s a mark of how far the human race has come that we can support this kind of nonsense I like living in a world where such flights of fancy are tolerated and encouraged God Bless America.


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    I can t figure out what the purpose of this book is Well over half of it is simply the text of Kafka s story with the word bug replaced by the word kitten Not sure if Coleridge thinks this is supposed to be funny Kafka s story is already pretty funny or insightful, or what after all, there s a pretty huge difference between being a bug and a kitten, we would expect the responses of others and the consequences for Gregor to be quite different not exactly the same The middle section is taken up by Gregor the Kitten s escape to the outside world this is mostly an excuse for Coleridge to try his hand and parodying another Kafka work, The Trial He s slightly successful at this, but not much, and it has pretty much nothing to do with The Metamorphosis I really disliked Pride and Prejudice and Zombies as well, and I can t see why I would read another of these The concepts are rich with potential, but the writers don t seem to understand that potential.


  6. says:

    This seemed long winded and pointless, not at all how I remembered The Metamorphosis I really liked the source book, though I have not read it since, probably 2001 I found it hard to care for the kitten, unlike the cockroach The whole thing about cat court was pointless It doesn t seem like Coleridge Cook likes cats very much This review is about as poorly written as this book.


  7. says:

    They say to never judge a book by its cover Fuck it Have you SEEN the cover Freakin adorable.


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    The Meowmorphosis is certainly an oddity And in the mashup genre home to books like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Android Karenina that s saying something.I have to admit that I ve never read Kafka s original Metamorphosis, so I can t compare the merits of the Quirk Classics version against the original What I can say is that if The Meowmorphosis is any indication of the tenor of the original work, reading it gave me no desire to read the source material.It took some effort to make it through Meowmorphosis, but there are saving graces too, that almost make the effort worth it There are pages filled with ponderous dialogue and meandering descriptions There are details about the drudgery of Gregor Samsa s former life and his ungrateful family There is a trial, held by cats, in which it seems like nothing is really decided.But there are also clever, funny moments sprinkled in It was the touches of the ridiculous that kept me going, usually in the form of descriptions of Gregor s new feline awareness, having woken from anxious dreams to discover that he had transformed overnight into a rapidly growing kitten and rediscovering the world.For example, the passage about Gregor s new needs when leaving one room for another He would never have allowed the elaborate preparations that Gregor required to consider the door, consider himself, groom his whiskers, rub his cheeks against the jamb, further consider the natures of both doors and salesmen, and finally sniff at the air of his room, to see if it offered suitable napping opportunities, and thus perhaps, at the end of it all, get through the door Or this, which pokes sly fun at the source material itself I took you for and educated tom, sir, in which case you would have read your German classics and would be quite accustomed to a narrator who only loves to hear himself speak you must admit I speak very well, with many masculine and robust subclauses, romantic dashes, and surprising punctuation and forgets what the purpose of telling the story was in the first place something like two thirds of the way through This is considered traditional There are a few of these moments of literary humor throughout The Meowmorphosis, but not quite enough to make it enjoyable The heavy handed symbolism of the original, turned on its head here but still symbolism nonetheless, weighs the story down and even the attempts to be light aren t quite enough.Perhaps, fittingly, one last quote to conclude This passage sums up my feelings on The Meowmorphosis well I suppose my little incident is symbolicNothing else Symbolism is depressing its meaning is always deferred Nothing is what it is, only what it means, and I mean nothing but that the world is ugly and men are uglier still The Meowmorphosis isn t an ugly book, but it s a book unsure of its own identity parody or homage Symbol or story Even in fun, it s a lot of effort for only a little reward.


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    This book was a prize not for me, but for somebody else who didn t want it It was won in a quiz at an end of year philosophy meet up When I saw it being passed around, I though it was Kafka s The Metamorphosis and tried to announce proudly that I had read it in the original German Die Verwandlung The cat on the cover did however seem rather incongruous, and on closer inspection the title resolved itself into The Meowmorphosis Seeing that no one appeared to be determined to take possession of the unwanted prize, I decided to take a closer look, secured the item, and read a sentence or two on a couple of arbitrary pages Having done so my interest grew and I eventually became convinced that I might just read it At this point a number of the other mildly interested parties gathered around started to show a little interest too To cut the story a little short, I eventually agreed to pass the book on to one of these parties once I had finished reading it not actually acknowledging that I did not promise ever to do so.Having made this undertaking I did in fact soon afterwards start reading the book, partly in the hope of relief from the other highly cerebral volumes I was in the process of masticating The Meowmorphosis is, I suppose, a parody of Kafka s work, and I soon found it quite an enthralling read, and so thought it worth my while finishing it so as to acquire some gratification from a grateful reception when passed on It kept my attention easily until about two thirds of the way through, when a long sequence of feline monologues became rather tedious, and I had to take a break and go back to something else I was reading a couple of times between snack sized sections of verbose catty soliloquy, which ultimately petered out, and it became readable again.I remember very little of Die Verwandlung, apart from its being quite unapologetically bizarre, and I suspect I wasn t worldly wise enough at the time decades ago to appreciate it as much as I did The Meowmorphosis, which I suppose could be considered rather dark homour Whether Kafka s original had any comedic intent I wouldn t hazard a guess It didn t elicit any levity in me at the time I read it though.I find I am imitating to a degree the style of the book I m reviewing probably very badly Or so it seems You might be bemused that I should suggest that.At any rate, I ve only given it three stars because its tedious bits render it not quite worthy of four I d give it three and a half if I could.


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    If you awoke one morning to find yourself transformed into an adorable kitten, what would be your first response Mine probably would be to play with a ball of yarn or to use my sister s leg as a scratching post Not so our protagonist He spends most of the chapter attempting to get out of bed while being simultaneously horrified and lethargic about his absurd predicament.He then proceeds to frighten his parents and his employer who came to harangue Gregor for missing the ride to work with his adorableness Just because he is what he is, he spends a long time cloistered in his room Eventually he escapes the house.Outside he is almost immediately accosted by the pompous windbag Josef K, a fellow man turned cat, and is escorted to a trial in which Josef K expounds the qualities of being feline in a long winded and self serving manner before squashing Gregor under the proverbial paw A thoroughly confused Gregor is imprisoned, then told he was never a prisoner and that he was free to go home Gregor launches in a woe is me soliloquy about what awaited him at home and how much his life sucked Guess what he does Of course he goes home The home he finds is unwelcome as he is almost immediately pelted with apples by his father He hides out in his room for many days, slowly suffocating to death as he grows into the collar placed upon his neck by his sister when he was but a kitten After a final debacle, he dies as pitifully as he lived His family undergoes a sensation of freedom not unlike the shrugging off of a fur coat in sweltering weather They finally have a reason to smile The appendix seems to be culled almost verbatim from the Wikipedia entry on Kafka, combining facts with snarky and sarcastic not so facts It is actually a breath of fresh air after the story It also offers an insight as to why Kafka wrote The Meowmorphosis.Being morbid about being an adorable kitten makes this notoriously depressing tale all the depressing This tale would be much sad and harrowing if Samsa was transformed into, say, a cockroach But he wasn t He turned into a creature famous for spending three quarters of its life asleep and the rest of it being catered to by humans What the hell is wrong with him Really, it boils down to Gregor Samsa being one giant pussy.Hey, what I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.