Having made this undertaking I did in fact soon afterwards start reading the book, partly in the hope of relief from the other highly cerebral volumes I was in the process of masticating. A lot of the reasons I do not like cats, Coleridge describes in this book. The Meowmorphosis starts out great by staying true to the Quirk format: the story is the same, but with a few key differences; namely Gregor is now a kitten instead of a disgusting insect. He hides out in his room for many days, slowly suffocating to death as he grows into the collar placed upon his neck by his sister when he was but a kitten. One thing that this book accomplished: It made me want to read the original, which I did at. I have never thrown a book away after reading it before in my life until I read The Meowmorphosis.
So much more were possible, had Coleridge brought fresh ideas to the story. So ,in Kafka's original it challenges our emotions when human Gregor wakes up as a bug. That being said, I would recommend it for sure because it taught me a lot more about cats than I knew before. Cook does is insert 72 pages that weren't there before which tell the story of Kafka's The Trial, changing Josef K. Yes -- there's no doubt in my mind that cat-lovers will find Samsa just as cute and cuddly as his sister does in the story. But it doesn't really take, in the end. I think this book had great potential but the re-author just beat it like a dead horse.
Gregor's transformation proves a positive change for the family, which begins to discover a sense of itself and of its desires. So waking up as a spineless bug presents problems for his greedy family ,as he no longer has any worth to them. Of course he goes home! In fact, I found the main character to be even more wretched and pitiful, causing me to sympathize with him to a greater extent. While it has many depressing elements to it, The Metamorphosis is a story that I enjoyed, therefore, some of the aspects I liked in the original that made it into this mash-up were still enjoyable to me. I'm much better prepared to own a cat with the knowledge this book gave me! His life goes strangely awry when he wakes up late for work and discovers that, inexplicably, he is now a man-sized baby kitten. Reading Time: 3 minutes A few weeks ago, I received an advanced review copy of , courtesy of. Why Gregor was changed into a kitten in the first place is unanswered.
His life goes strangely awry when he wakes up late for work and finds that, inexplicably, he is now a man-sized baby kitten. For Coleridge Cook to change it in The Meowmorphosis to an albeit large kitten and still retain the familial reactions of the original makes this less of a mash-up novel and more of a what-if novel that happens to yield the same results. His life goes strangely awry when he wakes up late for work and discovers that, inexplicably, he is now a man-sized baby kitten. And how can Gregor be so selfish as to devote all his attention to a scrap of ribbon? The middle section i I can't figure out what the purpose of this book is. How will Gregor the kitten fare , as a creature instantly adorable to many , a tempation to stroke and delight. It was a very surreal and slightly uncomfortable experience. I have to admit that I've never read Kafka's original Metamorphosis, so I can't compare the merits of the Quirk Classics version against the original.
I had always thought these books started off the same as the classic they mimicked, then went off the rails with crazy ideas and plots. To make Meowmorphosis novel length, Coleridge Cook took the liberty to add an escape scene where Gregor actually roams the streets of Prague and comes into contact with some very long-winded kitties indeed. I found that there was limited pleasure to be had from re-imagining scenes from those novels with cats instead of humans. For all of his images of absurdity with the bug, the idea of a man waking to find himself a horrifying insect was not the point of The Metamorphosis. I find I am imitating to a degree the style of the book I'm reviewing — probably very badly. Meowmorphosis, is another book that is not intended for me.
While the initial chapters stick close to Kafka's well-known novella, the book spirals out of control in a good way when Samsa leaves his parents' home to relieve them of the burden of caring and feeding for such a large, adorable kitten. How are you being bookish today? In spite of being quite violently abused by his father since his transformation and his sister losing all interest as he is not returning to his more useful form ; Gregor in thus scene really glows with the luminosity of love and pride for his sister. How can Gregor be so selfish as to devote his attention to a ball of yarn? Meet Gregor Samsa, a humble young man who works as a fabric salesman to support his parents and sister. Better to just read Kafka. Were he worthy of catdom, he would have defended himself to the other cats. Gregor now finds that his world has complete changed, and his family can't accept it -even though, of course, he's incredibly cute as a now human-sized kitten. The illustrations are a fun addition as well.
It is exactly this replacement from bug to feline that caused my cat , Snowball, to insist we read it. Mine probably would be to play with a ball of yarn or to use my sister's leg as a scratching post. Outside he is almost immediately accosted by the pompous windbag Josef K, a fellow man turned cat, and is escorted to a trial in which Josef K expounds the qualities of being feline in a long-winded and self-serving manner before squashing Gregor under the proverbial paw. After that, the story goes downhill. Again, perhaps if this had been a humorous take on The Metamorphosis, then maybe I could have dealt with the images, but as it stands, the pictures add nothing but corniness.
It's fascinating to read Coleridge's explanation of the original translation of the creature that Kafka transformed Gregor into. Also, it made me want to find out more about Kafka, as he is not an author we were required to study in school. Okay, we get it, you're a kitten. Forse,non conoscendo Kafka,questo libro non l'ho capito. Gregor's mother shows some initial warmth and interest in wanting to connect but then as he grows rapidly ,he becomes as repellent as the bug in the original. Meet Gregor Samsa, a humble young man who works as a fabric salesman to support his parents and sister.
With a new middle section where the cat Gregor goes into the wider world and seems to wander into The Trial. I'll stick with my Terry Pratchett and Ann Aguirre, and leave this to the intelligentsia. It is the telling of the 100 year old story of Gregor Samsa , who wakes up to find himself a bug. In this, the question is still there—but the cat contrast distracts a bit from the actual horror of his family situation. And how can he expect them to serve him meals every day? Meet Gregor Samsa, a humble young man who works as a fabric salesman to support his parents and sister.