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The Meowmorphosis, Franz Kafka & Coleridge Cook



From Amazon: “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 exposé of Kafka’s own secret feline life, The Meowmorphosis will take you on a journey deep into the tortured soul of the domestic tabby.


It's a quick read for sure, finished it in roughly two sittings while on a business trip a week back. Having never read the original I really wasn't sure what to expect. The beginning is, of course, adorable, as Gregor awakes and discovers that he is a fluffy kitten. He begins to learn about his body while his family and nosy-boss are locked outside of his bedroom having panic attacks.

It just goes even more bizarre from there as Gregor's family start to resent him for turning into a kitten (as if he had a choice) and he eventually escapes to learn more about his cat-self and meet other cats.

In the end it's one big moral lesson that leaves you shaking your fist at Gregor's family and wishing Gregor had figured out what you have. An interesting read for sure, though I'm not sure it would convince me to go out and pick up the original...
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