Kockroach (P.S. Series)

Kockroach (P.S. Series)

by Tyler Knox
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Kockroach (P.S. Series) by Tyler Knox

It is the mid-1950s, and Kockroach, perfectly content with his life infesting a fleabag hotel off Times Square, awakens to discover that somehow he's been transformed into, of all things, a human. A tragic turn of events, yes, but cockroaches are awesome coping machines, so Kockroach copes. Step by step, he learns the ways of man—how to walk, how to talk, and how to wear a jaunty brown fedora. Led by his primitive desires and insectile amorality, he navigates through the bizarre human realms of crime, business, politics, and sex. Will he find success or be squashed flat from above? Will he change humanity, or will humanity change him?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061143342
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/26/2008
Series: P.S. Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Tyler Knox holds a master of fine arts degree from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. A former resident of New York City, Chicago, Iowa City, and Washington, D.C., he now lives on the East Coast with his wife and their dog.

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Kockroach 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Ben & Roxy Marcus More than 1 year ago
hilarious and insightful. so worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good book but about 10 years ago there was a book for kids called Shoebag about a cockroach who turns into a little boy. Kafka's Metamorphosis is mentioned as well as Kafka's hero Gregor Samsa. It's still in print. Scholastic. Author Mary James. There is also a sequel called Shoebag Returns.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The cockroach wakes up in a 1950s Times Square roach hotel to find somehow he no longer is a bug, but instead has become a male human. Though he is unhappy to devolve into a man, Kockroach is not concerned as his species understands survival of the fittest having been around since the dinosaur age and still thriving in the cement jungles in spite of weapons of mass destruction better known as human shoes.-------------- Kockroach takes the name of Jerry Blatta as he meets street punk Mickey 'Mite' Pimelia, who sees the transformed bug as a way to make a fortune in the world of gangs. However, Jerry notices that Mighty Mite is soft on crippled telephone operator Celia so he keeps that handy in case he needs to use this info. Celia finds the roach morality of survival is everything quite enticing. Meanwhile king Kockroach begins to climb his way to the top of the gangs as he understands inducing fear.------------- Tyler Knox cleverly satirizes Kafka's Metamorphosis and 1950s Noirs with this delightfully dark saga. The antihero sees the world through cockroach glasses as he realizes that humans run on fight (over possessions) or flight (out of fear). Thus combining 'moral' bug instincts with insightful clarity of the dreaded shoe stomping society he has joined, Blatta provides quite a vivid picture of the human condition, always one step away from the graveyard. Readers will appreciate this powerful gloomy parable.--------------- Harriet Klausner