An Epic Cat-astrophe: Cassie-la Hisses Her Disapproval of “The Meowmorphosis” by Kafka and Cook

The Meowmorphosis by Franz Kafka and Coleridge Cook (Advanced Reader Copy)
Release Date: May 10, 2011
Genre: Literary mash-up, absurdism, parody, retelling, fluffy kittens
Rating: 2.8 out of 5 stars

Summary: Gregor Samsa awakes to discover that he is an adorable kitten. He is not a metaphor for alienation or isolation, but merely a big fluffy thing that one would rather cuddle with than search for symbolism in. When Quirk Classics gets their claws in another masterpiece, you will be wishing that you were reading A Farewell to Arms and Legs or The Scarlet Bloodletter instead.

This is the third advanced copy of a novel that I have won/been gifted by Quirk Books. They are an amazing publishing company who truly cares about their customers and I love most everything they put out, but it would be wrong of me to say I enjoyed the newest offering from their Quirk Classic series.

The Meowmorphosis follows the same basic format of the other literary mash-ups, classic text plus a fun extra to enhance or alter our perception of the original. So when I heard about a re-imagining of Kafka’s novella The Metamorphosis but with Gregor Samsa being transformed into a kitten, I was intrigued. Sadly, the novel itself does not deliver. Well, it delivers, it just doesn’t deliver anything good. Or anything very kitten-y.

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