It’s the stuff that nightmares are made of — imagine waking from an uneasy slumber only to discover that you’ve inexplicably transformed into another kind of creature. Your body feels strange and foreign. Your senses and instincts are different. And, to make matters worse, you have a tail — a fluffy one, at that! Our featured book, The Meowmorphosis by Coleridge Cook and Franz Kafka, deals with that exact existential dilemma — with feline flair.
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Quirk Books publishes the prolifically peculiar with their parodies of classic literature available in the public domain. They’ve brought us such monstrous mash-ups as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Android Karenina. And now, The Meowmorphosis eccentrically embellishes Kafka’s novella, The Metamorphosis, causing Kafka’s original story to undergo its own metamorphosis. Instead of the terrible vermin Kafka turned protagonist Gregor Samsa into, this time, Samsa becomes an adorable kitten, even though he went to bed the night before ‘feline’ fine.
Author Coleridge Cook does a terrific job of interjecting humor and wit into the preexisting story and structure of The Metamorphosiswithout being restricted by any textual limitations. Like Kafka’s Samsa, the main character endures the same helplessness and hopelessness of his strange new life, except that he’s just so darn cute on top of it all. As a human-sized kitty cat, he’s faced with absurd and surreal struggles in lieu of more seemingly appropriate snuggles.
Once Samsa realizes and accepts that he can no longer provide for his family in his current cuddly state, he strays from home, following his feline senses and urges, only to find himself in yet another Kafkaesque landscape similar to the author’s other seminal story, The Trial. The hilariously harrowing tale of this forlorn furry is written with delightfully dramatic detail, and it’s accompanied by funny illustrations and an exaggerated bio about Kafka himself.
Move over, Hello Kitty. Hello Kafka is more like it.
Whether you’re a lit lover or cat lover, this book will make you smile, and that’s something the original most likely won’t do! I wrote a book report on the original in twelfth grade, and I don’t recall anything LOL-worthy about it!
Want to win a copy of this book for a little inspiration? Leave a comment in response to our discussion question, and you’ll have a chance to win The Meowmorphosis!
DISCUSSION TOPIC: If, without warning or reason, you were to transform into any other creature, what would you hope it would be?
- You have until Wednesday, October 26, 2011 to participate.
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