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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.
Published: Random House Publishing Group on May 10, 2011
ISBN: 9781594745126
List price: $12.95
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I enjoyed reading Meowmorphosis on a couple of levels. I thought it was a clever parody of the Franz Kafka original and could introduce a whole new generation to this classic piece of literature. I also enjoyed it as a cat lover and found the LOLCats reference hilarious. Coleridge Cook did a good job of capturing the German style of writing (one sentence paragraphs are not unheard of in German). The tragedy of Gregor still came through, even though he was a cat, which is much more beloved than a cockroach. I bemoan the fact that some may only approach classic literature through parodies, but I’m in favor of anything that gets people reading.read more
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I've been reading this book for ages now... since I got it, basically. I just don't like it. At first, it was cute... but it's just difficult to get through and I'm just not enjoying it in any way, so I don't think I'll ever even finish it. Great concept, though. I perhaps just dislike Kafka too much to be swayed by kitties.read more
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Newest from Quirk Classics (Pride, Prejudice & Zombies, etc) - Kafka's Metamorphosis is altered into a feline soul-search. The book is more overtly humorous in the beginning, as Gregor finds himself newly kitten-ized, but then mostly remains - to me - rather whiny and overblown and excessively long. Also, I was not familiar with 'The Trial' but it's is also mashed up within this story and I felt it added more heaviness to an already weighty story. I think I enjoyed the special notes on Kaka's life most of all (found after the ending) - they were beyond sharp and biting and the link to cats made me laugh. However, the reader discussion points were weak and unfunny. To me, overall - the final word for the entire book = uneven.read more
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I enjoyed reading Meowmorphosis on a couple of levels. I thought it was a clever parody of the Franz Kafka original and could introduce a whole new generation to this classic piece of literature. I also enjoyed it as a cat lover and found the LOLCats reference hilarious. Coleridge Cook did a good job of capturing the German style of writing (one sentence paragraphs are not unheard of in German). The tragedy of Gregor still came through, even though he was a cat, which is much more beloved than a cockroach. I bemoan the fact that some may only approach classic literature through parodies, but I’m in favor of anything that gets people reading.
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I've been reading this book for ages now... since I got it, basically. I just don't like it. At first, it was cute... but it's just difficult to get through and I'm just not enjoying it in any way, so I don't think I'll ever even finish it. Great concept, though. I perhaps just dislike Kafka too much to be swayed by kitties.
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Newest from Quirk Classics (Pride, Prejudice & Zombies, etc) - Kafka's Metamorphosis is altered into a feline soul-search. The book is more overtly humorous in the beginning, as Gregor finds himself newly kitten-ized, but then mostly remains - to me - rather whiny and overblown and excessively long. Also, I was not familiar with 'The Trial' but it's is also mashed up within this story and I felt it added more heaviness to an already weighty story. I think I enjoyed the special notes on Kaka's life most of all (found after the ending) - they were beyond sharp and biting and the link to cats made me laugh. However, the reader discussion points were weak and unfunny. To me, overall - the final word for the entire book = uneven.
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I read this book in one day. Of course, Kafka's Metamorphosis was not exactly novel-sized, so I don't feel like I rushed through it. It's my first of the 'Quirk' Classics - I wasn't going to touch the Pride and Prejudice butcherings, but I figured since the only Kafka I'd ever read -The Trial- was not a favorite of mine I wouldn't mind a bit of quirk thrown in. But I was confused, because I didn't quite get how big he was supposed to be. Then I had to go back to the original, because I wondered why Kafka would have stuck The Trial into this story. Actually, the was Coleridge Cook's doing. Guilty! As a fan of LOLcats, this wuz grate! As a classics reader, it was okay. As not such a Kafka fan...whatever.I want to frame the picture of the Gregor Samsa getting a bath. I'm a little scared of framing pictures now, though - look where it got Samsa!
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Hmm... what to say about The Meowmorphosis? I own two other Quirk Classics - Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Android Karenina - but haven't had the chance to read them yet. However, since I was asked to provide a review of this book in exchange for a free advance copy, I felt required to buckle down and read it from start to finish.Well, I use "start to finish" loosely here, because there were some parts that I just couldn't struggle through; I skipped several pages when the narration waxed too long-winded for me. That is not to say that I didn't enjoy some portions of the book, because I definitely did. However, there were portions (perhaps they were part of Kafka's original, or the author was attempting to emulate his style with great success) that I just couldn't get through because I couldn't connect with what George Samsa was thinking or what Joseph K was saying.My favorite portions of the book included the jabs at Kafka himself, such as the time when Joseph K says that he is telling a story in the classic German literary tradition and asks if George noticed the parallels between the story being told and some remote aspect of the Bohemian movement. I chuckled at those parts and at several other spots where the book did not take itself too seriously. However, in the parts that did appear to be taken a bit too seriously, I became bored. Perhaps it's because my first introduction to Kafka was in high school when I was forced to read The Trial with less guidance than I needed at the time (which, by the way, did afford me the ability to smirk and even chuckle at the trial homage), but I just couldn't get into the thick of some of the narration.I know enough about The Metamorphosis to have gotten the cockroach jokes and such, but I don't feel like rushing out and tackling Kafka's original now. I think it's kind of like when I finished Anna Karenina last summer and then couldn't stomach "reading it again" through the Quirk Classic. I know enough about The Metamorphosis (even moreso than I did before) that I feel that I can function fully and intelligently without having to read the original.Though I did have some laughs while reading, my general reaction to this book was lukewarm; reading it felt more like a chore than I would like for my summer reading, and I was actually put to sleep a few times during my attempts to finish the book. Oh well. It wasn't a wholly bad experience, just one that was less-than-stellar for me.ETA: I had not read the "Discussion Questions" before writing this review. I must say that I enjoyed them immensely - in fact, more than many portions of the book itself.
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This book was surprisingly entertaining. I hadn't read Kafka's Metamorphosis but I knew the general premise. Once I got into The Meowmorphosis I became obsessed with comparing it to the original so I sought it out and skimmed for a comparison.Quirk Classics has added a rather large section in the middle which was interesting at first, but really weird. When the story steered back to the original plot it was a little clunky. The illustrations were horribly awesome.Ultimately I enjoyed this book because I find kittehs are more palatable than bugs, but of course the ending was still gross.
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