Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Armchair Novel Review - The Meowmorphosis


“One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that he had been changed into an adorable kitten.”

From the same minds that brought us Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, we have a furry little philosophical remake of Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis. Far better to be turned into a kitten than a cockroach, am I right?

Not so easy as that, Gregor finds that cats, even as adorable as himself, are much maligned or, even worse, smothered by well-intentioned siblings that can't resist his adorableness.

Like the original work, The Meowmorphosis deals with loneliness, isolation, derision and the mindless factory-like role of man as wage-earner.

Upon his realization of waking up as a tabby, Gregor must escape the confines of the home he has lived in his entire life, escape the family that he has supported and who now can't bear to look at him. To find out who he now is and what his role is in society.  

Written by Franz Kafka and Cook Coleridge
Paperback, 208 pages
Also available as an eBook

Coleridge Cook doesn't stray too far from the original story, which is to say it isn't given a Disneyesque ending in which everyone lives happily ever after. It is based on Kafka, after all.

But for those who haven't read the original in some time, The Meowmorphosis is an interesting tongue-in-cheek take on what was considered one of the great works of Western fiction. For those who haven't read the original - The Meowmorphosis is a furry introduction to this philosophical work.