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2.95  ·  Rating details ·  936 ratings  ·  191 reviews
“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
Paperback, Quirk Classics, 206 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Quirk Books (first published 2011)
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Jun 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
In compliance with FTC guidelines, I disclose thatI received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

I have never thrown a book away after reading it before in my life until I read The Meowmorphosis. I will admit that I am not particularly good at reading works of literature and divining the meanings, allusions, and symbolism, but this book has no value at all.

In order to get a good basis off which to judge this book, I read Kafka's The Metamorphosis. It was a very strange tale; weird,
Lolly's Library
Sorry Quirk Books, but you really quirked up this time.

Kafka is not an author I'd immediately associate with literary mash-ups, seeing as he's neither a fun nor, quite honestly, entertaining read. In fact, he's quite depressing and it's hard to imagine how his works could be spiced up enough to be made palatable to a more general audience. Enter Quirk Books with The Meowmorphosis. Okay, I thought, if anyone could make Kafka likeable, it's Quirk; add a cute, fluffy kitty into the mix and you've p
Andrew Shaffer
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that he had been changed into an adorable kitten."

In less capable hands, such a prompt would have resulted in a book that simply replaced the word "insect" with "kitten." But Quirk Books wisely commissioned an extremely capable fantasy writer to re-imagine Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" as a work of gonzo literature. I'm happy to report that "The Meowmorphosis" (out this May from "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" p
Dara Salley
Sep 25, 2015 rated it liked it
I came to this book with a fair amount of skepticism. I’m a big fan of Kafka and not such a big fan of the humorous/parody literature genre. I enjoyed “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” because the silly conceit of putting zombies into Jane Austen’s world actually created something meaningful. The zombies could be seen as a physical representation of the stultifying effect of harsh morality and the refusal of the gentry to acknowledge uncomfortable truths. However, many of the parodies that follo ...more
Mark Flowers
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
I can't figure out what the purpose of this book is. Well over half of it is simply the text of Kafka's story with the word "bug" replaced by the word "kitten." Not sure if Coleridge thinks this is supposed to be funny (Kafka's story is already pretty funny) or insightful, or what (after all, there's a pretty huge difference between being a bug and a kitten, we would expect the responses of others and the consequences for Gregor to be quite different - not exactly the same). The middle section i ...more
Ruby  Tombstone [With A Vengeance]
Sep 30, 2011 marked it as unread-but-acquired
They say to never judge a book by its cover.... Fuck it. Have you SEEN the cover? Freakin' adorable.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
This seemed long winded and pointless, not at all how I remembered The Metamorphosis. I really liked the source book, though I have not read it since, probably 2001. I found it hard to care for the kitten, unlike the cockroach. The whole thing about cat-court was pointless. It doesn't seem like Coleridge Cook likes cats very much.
This "review" is about as poorly written as this book.
Rich Stoehr
Mar 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: amazon-vine
The Meowmorphosis is certainly an oddity. And in the mashup genre - home to books like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Android Karenina - that's saying something.

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. What I can say is that if The Meowmorphosis is any indication of the tenor of the original work, reading it gave me no desire to read the source material.

It took some effort to make i
Apr 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies trilogy from Quirk Classics, so I was super excited that I won this one. I had never read Kafka before but I had been meaning to, so this was the perfect kick in the butt to finally get to it. I read "The Metamorphosis" right before reading this one, so it was pretty repetitive at the beginning. Essentially, Coleridge Cook replaces the word "insect" with "kitten" and leaves the rest of the story the same (except for some descriptions of how cu ...more
Alex Livingston
Jan 05, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was a prize – not for me, but for somebody else who didn't want it. It was won in a quiz at an end-of-year philosophy meet-up. When I saw it being passed around, I though it was Kafka's The Metamorphosis and tried to announce proudly that I had read it in the original German (Die Verwandlung). The cat on the cover did however seem rather incongruous, and on closer inspection the title resolved itself into The Meowmorphosis. Seeing that no one appeared to be determined to take possessio ...more
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
If you awoke one morning to find yourself transformed into an adorable kitten, what would be your first response? Mine probably would be to play with a ball of yarn or to use my sister's leg as a scratching post. Not so our protagonist. He spends most of the chapter attempting to get out of bed while being simultaneously horrified and lethargic about his absurd predicament.

He then proceeds to frighten his parents and his employer (who came to harangue Gregor for missing the ride to work) with hi
usagi ☆ミ
Quirk Classics, you are one awesome publishing house. Not only did you send me the ARC copy of this book, but you also sent me a poster to go with it. And now I don’t know where to put it (see the original review at to see the picture of said ARC/poster!). That said, I loved the original version (even if it did make me feel extremely anxious and paranoid after reading it), and this version makes Kafka’s classic even more palatable with the idea of Gregor Samsa t ...more
Mar 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
When Quirk Classics revealed that their latest mash-up was going to be based on Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis, I wasn't really sure what to think. After tackling Jane Austen's popular classics and the fairly well-known Anna Karenina, I thought this was a very strange choice for a mash-up. Kafka and The Metamorphosis don't seem to be as well known, so it makes me wonder why Quirk chose this novel as the next in their classics series -not only that, but cats? Either it was a gutsy decision or a ...more
B. Asma
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to B. Asma by: Sue
According to the imaginative biography of Kafka at the very end of the novel, the main character Gregor Samsa is a traveling salesman like Kafka's real-life father with whom it's said that he had a troubled relationship. In Meowmorphosis, Gregor's job initially supports the three members of his unemployed family in a high lifestyle with a big apartment in Prague when one night he is transformed after a dream into a kitten. His father, mother, and sister know that the kitten is actually the trans ...more
May 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book through first-reads. I had tried to read the original a while ago but couldn't quite make it through. When I saw the idea behind this spoof I had thought "kittens! That'll be hilarious". When I read it, I found it wasn't quite what I thought it would be.

As a few others have already pointed out, it doesn't seem like much spoof was added to this aside from the main character, Gregor, turning into a kitten instead of a cockroach. I was also baffled by the issue of size. In the
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
A reworking of Kafka's Metamorphosis where the protagonist is not turned into a cockroach, but a cute kitten. With a new middle section where the cat Gregor goes into the wider world and seems to wander into The Trial.

Strange book, this. Mostly a direct transcription of the original (with "cat" instead of "cockroach"), which occasionally does not work, with a fresh middle that attempts to tease out the messages of the original and what it means to be a cat all at the same time.

The new stuff rea
Ms W
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
MsW: This one is from a clever genre, "Quirk Classics" (another is "Pride & Prejudice & Zombies"), of course WHS_Lib has copies of both :) I picked it up thinking how clever the spin was on the original classic title, "The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka, but was soon reminded how depressing the story was! I feel such compassion for poor Gregor, and complete disdain for his family that I'd like to turn them all into cockroaches and then take the sharp end of a cane to them! the original, i ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm not the audience for these "humourous" reworkings of classic works of literature. Much like with Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, I didn't find this funny or clever. And to call it a reworking is a little misleading - it's essentially Kafka's novella but with a few minor changes here and there. This book departs somewhat more from the original with an extra chapter where Gregor briefly leaves his family's apartment and encounters more transformed cats like himself, but this is just a reworking o ...more
Mar 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011

Love how it followed the Metamorphosis to a point, but then it also deviated and dove into Kafka's life and OTHER words, especially the Josef K thread. I'm not a mash up fan, and this isn't really a mash up. It's actually a revisioning of the original story, and those who are familiar with Kafka's work to a sickening point (like me) will appreciate this one.
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great masterpiece that managed to take the atmosphere of the original story and build up on it, combining it with elements from other works of Kafka's as well as his own life. It is a story on its own as well as a decent tribute to the source material.
Jan 27, 2014 rated it liked it
This book took me two attempts to get reading. I managed to plod my way through it but it didn't captivate me.
Vania Kris
Apr 22, 2016 rated it liked it
The imagination is spellbinding. At certain point it just got too depressing for me to continue. Still, I pushed through to read it finish just because I didn't want to stop midway.
Jewels-PiXie Johnson
The Meowmorphosis is a witty and clever reinterpretation of Kafka's own Metamorphosis. However there is one very interesting and key difference, instead of transforming into a bug , Coleridge's Gregor Samsa is changed into a kitten.
It is exactly this replacement from bug to feline that caused my cat , Snowball, to insist we read it.
So ,in Kafka's original it challenges our emotions when human Gregor wakes up as a bug. Gregor has been used as a meal ticket for his family working exhaustively to
Greg Talbot
Dec 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
Please believe me...I don’t look to trash books, or discourage authors. To put anything out into the world is brave and takes risk, gumption and an amazing amount of self-confidence. I’ve been moved by cliched romantic young adult novels. I have been felt inspired by stories written by people with no professional interests in writing. Generally, if I don’t enjoy a book, i can just stop after 50 pages...and gently let it go. Something written, that’s just not intended for me.

Meowmorphosis, is ano
Jennifer Priester
Since I like cats and tend to like reading things that are a little on the strange side, even though The Metamorphosis never interested me due to the tone of the story, I thought this version might be fun. I was wrong. I will admit it’s different from anything I ever read and when I started reading I never expected I would be rating it at only two stars. I think the only reason it got two in the end is because, while I didn’t like this book, I do like the concept of it. If the idea of someone be ...more
Lorrae Stefan
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
What can I say about this book... Other than I can't seem to stop laughing every time I look at the cover. It was a very surreal and slightly uncomfortable experience. Reading how quickly his brain became rewired to think like a cat after he transformed and his whole family's reaction and acceptance of the situation. It was quite unique. I was really enjoying it up until the last third where it turned into a LOT of talking which was long winded and a bit confusing at times. That being said, I wo ...more
Nov 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Funny concept, but the book never advances beyond the initial joke. The text itself is very close to the original story line, which is at odds with the change in concept. Why is everyone horrified and afraid of a kitten?
Jun 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Interesting read but did not hook or captivate me. Enjoyed in the middle monologue of comparing the lives of cats to men, the note about freedom and knowing one’s fancies and being free to pursue them.
May 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
I was hoping, being a cat instead of a bug, it would have been more interesting. But it was just as boring as the original.
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
It is still as depressing as the original.. Additionally, when one isn't a cat's person, the metaphor is deadly !
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