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The Roaches Have No King
     

The Roaches Have No King

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by Daniel Weiss
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review - Lewis Frumkes
“Shades of Kafka, Swift, and Don Marquis. Daniel Evan Weiss has written an appealing, often mordant satire about the urban condition.... Have I neglected to mention that Daniel Evan Weiss’s unusual novel is also dark and erotic in addition to being clever and charming... If you’re a roach, this book is positively steamy!”
Mail On Sunday (UK) - Unnamed Reviewer
“Villainously crude and delightful.”
The Sunday Oregonian - Karen Karbo
“The Roaches Have No King is the genuine, endangered article: shocking, inventive, sometimes downright repulsive and very smart. Funny, in short. I loved it. I laughed out loud on the first page.”

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016171364
Publisher:
Pointed Prose Press
Publication date:
02/20/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
249
File size:
598 KB

Meet the Author

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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The Roaches Have No King 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Loaf_of_Dead More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.