Book Review Day – Franz Kafka!
We won’t be focusing specifically on an audio book today, rather a book and its author.
Having read a few Kafka novels in my day, one I will never forget was Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis, about a man who supported his family but mysteriously turned into a roach. However, despite his state he continues to go on doing his day to day activities, but finds it rather difficult. Imagine waking up one morning to find that you simply aren’t yourself, free of “human” responsibilities that once shackled you up. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
What’s so intriguing about this story is that there are no likable characters, not even the main character, Gregor, who continues to act more and more like the “vermin”. But what happens if Gregor turned into something else?
The reason why I wanted to highlight this novel in particular was because a new title by Quirk Books entitled The Meowmorphosis was going to hit bookshelves May 10th. It’s a story about a cuddly kitten on a journey through the disturbed imagination of Franz Kafka. It’s the latest mashup of classic literature fueled with surrealism and even a nightmarish cute protagonist, where Gregor wakes up to find he has become “an adorable kitten.”
“The Meowmorphosis is a more psychological sort of horror-comedy, so we wanted a trailer that would convey that Kafkaesque blend of itchy, claustrophobic, nervous energy and utter absurdism. And, of course, the urgency of a cat who wants to be on the other side of a door,” says Quirk editor Stephen H. Segal.
Check out the book trailer above. And if you haven’t listened to the audio book, I would check that out first!