The Roaches Have No Kingby Daniel Weiss
But one day she disappears. Her successor, who is compulsively tidy, has the kitchen redone; cracks and holes are sealed, and all food is stored in impenetrable containers. The colony is
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A colony of cockroaches lives in harmony with the human couple who share their apartment; when the tempestuous woman hurls meals against the wall, there is food for all.
But one day she disappears. Her successor, who is compulsively tidy, has the kitchen redone; cracks and holes are sealed, and all food is stored in impenetrable containers. The colony is threatened with starvation.
Numbers (his name derives from the Bible, where he grew up) leads his peers in an intricate yet costly campaign to try to drive her out and save themselves.
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Daniel Evan Weiss, "surely the Evel Knievel of novelists," is the author of three books of non-fiction, five memoirs, and four novels. The Roaches Have No King, his first novel, was considered so controversial that it was not published in American until nine years after it was originally purchased. It has since gone on to be translated around the world. A graduate of terrible public schools and then Harvard University, he is a long-time resident of New York City.
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I don't read sci/fi books often. Or at all, actually. However, this story regarding the plight of roaches trying their best to infest an apartment is one of the more interesting reads I've ever had. The characters are funny, and the dialogue is very smart. Bet you never thought you'd find yourself rooting for roaches!
This book is surprising in every way. I was tempted to read some of the more hilarious parts out loud. The story told from a roaches viewpoint captures the imagination. The characters are strange, familiar and not nearly as repugnant as you'd think. It has some strangely erotic content, some probably blasphemous content and alot of great dialogue. It is mostly quick paced with some outrageous, and shocking (and disgusting) yet believable scenarios. I loved it.
This is a unique book, written from the perspective of a cockroach on a mission involving the love life of the tenant of the Manhatten apartment in which he resides. There is a fair amount of sex--both human and cockroach(ian?)--but it is handled in a compellingly amusing style. It's truly an imaginative tour de force, and highly recommended. A real 'bug''s eye view of the human world.