Boxer, Beetle

Kevin Fishy Broom has his nickname for a reason a rare genetic condition that makes his sweat and other bodily excretions smell markedly like rotting fish Consequently, he rarely ventures out of the London apartment where he deals online in Nazi memorabilia But when Fishy stumbles upon a crime scene, he finds himself on the long cold trail of a pair of small time playeKevin Fishy Broom has his nickname for a reason a rare genetic condition that makes his sweat and other bodily excretions smell markedly like rotting fish Consequently, he rarely ventures out of the London apartment where he deals online in Nazi memorabilia But when Fishy stumbles upon a crime scene, he finds himself on the long cold trail of a pair of small time players in interwar British history First, there s Philip Erskine, a fascist gentleman entomologist who dreams of breeding an indomitable beetle as tribute to Reich Chancellor Hitler s glory, all the while aspiring to arguably sinister projects in human eugenics And then there s Seth Sinner Roach, a homosexual Jewish boxer, nine toed, runtish, brutish but perfect in his way who becomes an object of obsession for Erskine, professionally and most decidedly otherwise What became of the boxer What became of the beetle And what will become of anyone who dares to unearth the answers First time novelist Ned Beauman spins out a dazzling narrative across decades and continents, weaving his manic fiction through the back alleys of history Boxer, Beetle is a remarkably assured, wildly enjoyable debut.
Boxer Beetle Kevin Fishy Broom has his nickname for a reason a rare genetic condition that makes his sweat and other bodily excretions smell markedly like rotting fish Consequently he rarely ventures out of the L

  • Title: Boxer, Beetle
  • Author: Ned Beauman
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  • Page: 211
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    1. A poor unfortunate soul suffering from several unsavory though non-terminal maladies makes a meager living collecting and selling war memorabilia. One night he stumbles upon a murder scene, and an astonishing letter from one Adolph Hitler. This leads us to London in the thirties, and Philip Erskine, a Nazi sympathizer and entomologist, who has become obsessed with a short, nasty Jewish boxer, and this new movement for improving mankind known as eugenics.What a strange book, peopled with odd, and [...]

    2. This book is dirty. I mean, Beauman's sentences are filled with words that make you feel scummy and grimy and all kinds of disgusting. Like you have to clean your ears out. That's a compliment. This book has things that interest me - WWII Nazi memorabilia collecting, science, boxing, crazy hijinks - and it's pretty damn good writing for Beauman's first time around.

    3. Rating: 4.25* of fiveCome have a look at my warble of joy about Beauman's first novel! I loved THE TELEPORTATION ACCIDENT (unlike the rest of the world, seemingly), so take that into account.

    4. One of the great things about going to the library is that sometimes, completely by chance, you spot books you've previously read or heard about, added to a mental wishlist and then completely forgotten. This is exactly what happened with Boxer, Beetle. It caught my eye and I immediately recalled having heard something good about it on TV (I think on The Culture Show or something), and the rapturous reviews quoted all over the jacket helped me to decide to borrow it. But I probably wouldn't have [...]

    5. Hızlı okunan ilginç bir kitaptı. Güzel benzetmeler vardı. Komik bir üslupla yazılmış. Bazı kısımları birinci tekil şahıs bazıları ise üçüncü tekil şahıs anlatıcı ile anlatılmıştı. Çevirisi iyiydi. Aceleye getirilmiş bir sonu vardı diyebilirim ama zevkle okudum.Güzel cümlelerin bazıları:", Pock geri geri gidip ipin üzerinden yuvarlandı ve yoksul bir ülkeye giren kötü bir fikir gibi bahisçilerin üzerine düştü." (s. 14)"Adamın boynunda üzerinde altı [...]

    6. Really 3.5When I was about the same age as Ned Beauman was when he wrote this book, I read a lot of Vonnegut. I bring his up, not to compare Beaumann to Vonnegut, but to discuss how times have changed. Slaughterhouse Five (Vonnegut's take on the Dresden bombing) was a creative tour de force that, in my opinion, is still unparalleled. It had strong appeal to young radical minds of the times. Boxer, Beetle has that same appeal. But this would undoubtedly have been considered too offensive for any [...]

    7. I did it backward, coming at Boxer, Beetle after reading Ned Beauman's newer novel, The Teleportation Accident. This is a briefer and less polished work, not nearly as entertaining as its successor. But still, it has its appeal.That's not due to its characters, though, who are almost without exception repellent individuals. Kevin Broom, the collector and reseller of Nazi memorabilia whom we meet first, actually turns out to be one of the less reprehensible members of Beauman's crew of dissolute [...]

    8. I just can't. I had such high hopes for this book. I was completely in after the first couple of chapters. However, the interesting storylines devolve into 6 page chapters and the boring storylines open up into longer chapters. I've read half and I just can't go further. It's just not that interesting.

    9. This was a fun global cabal romp. I read a couple Beauman's works in reverse chronology, which probably isn't the best way to approach this author. It's evident midway through Boxer that Beauman's ideas and prose are much sharper in his latter work, Glow.

    10. Morrissey's wet dream - East End boxers of the '30s, man on man action, Nazis, eugenics. IT'S ALL HERE STEPHEN. And it's written by a twenty six year old, which would usually put me off, but luckily I'd already read the most excellent first paragraph (see below) before I discovered this. You can tell that it's his first novel - just a few bits of over-writing here and there, and the self-conscious similes that litter sections of it. If only his editor had removed these or said something. I think [...]

    11. I started off enjoying this novel as the first few chapters introduced a really strange and intriguing brew of lead characters. In the present day, Fishy - a determined collector of Nazi memorabilia and so named for his medical condition that makes him smell of rotting fish. Then back in the 1930's, Sinner - a brutal, gay Jewish boxer who is but 4ft tall and has only nine toes. Then also in the 1930's, there is Erskine - an emotionally and sexually repressed upper class scientist who is an avid [...]

    12. When I'm browsing in a bookstore, I give a book approximately one paragraph to capture my interest before I move on. This book passed that test with flying colors.In idle moments I sometimes like to close my eyes and imagine Joseph Goebbels' forty-third birthday party. I like to think that even in the busy autumn of 1940, Hitler might have found time to oragnise a surprise party for his close friend - pretending for weeks that the date had slipped his mind, deliberately ignoring the Propaganda M [...]

    13. A witty and accomplished first novel from a disgustingly young British author – I groaned when I saw he was born in 1985. Ultimately I thought he didn’t join the various elements of the plot expertly enough, such that the book really did have two separate fixations, as its title suggests.Beauman attempts to bring things together through the main characters of Seth Roach (“Sinner”), a short, nine-toed Jewish boxer, and Philip Erskine, an entomologist and budding Nazi eugenicist who wishes [...]

    14. Eh. I guess reading the rave reviews & the initial dark humor/strange premise pulled me in, but the book did not sustain the pace, imo. So, it was ok overall but not quite what I had hoped for. The initial tone of the story, the Mel Brooks-esqe style of telling horrible history with a wicked grin, a cheeky remark, and a blade between the ribs, pulled me in. But, the story got more somber (& a bit more brutal & more gross) as it moved along (no surprise, I suppose), but I found the en [...]

    15. Kitabın konusu oldukça ilginç. Yazar bahsettiği konularda iyi araştırmalar yapmış ve popüler kitaplara nazaran farklı bir konuya sahip olması da kitabın adının duyulması için yeterli olmuş. Hitler'in adının verildiği bir böcek, yahudi bir boksör. Kitap hakkında baktığım birkaç yerde gördüm ki yazar 'da dolaşırken Anophthalamus hitleri'yi ve Jim Hall'ı görmesi sonucunda bu kitabı yazmaya karar verdiğini belirtmiş. Hatta başta iki ayrı roman düşünürken son [...]

    16. Although I am a fan of Ned Beauman's novels, I do acknowledge the fact that although his ideas and writing style are excellent, there are dull moments within his books. This is usually when his characters launch into monologues about a topic. I encountered this in his second novel, The Teleportation Accident and the same thing occurs in his debut novel Boxer, Beetle. However I have Glow at home and I pre-ordered his latest novel, Madness is better than Defeat. I know he has an amazing novel in h [...]

    17. You can also find my review of Boxer, Beetle on my book blog."Boxer, Beetle" is a novel taking place in two different times: the present day, and the mid 1930s.In the present day, our first person narrator is a Nazi memorablia collector and odd jobs man for a much richer collector. He's suffering from a genetic condition that makes him smell bad, so he lives most of his life on the internet, except, very little of that is in the novel: we join him as he finds himself tasked with resolving a myst [...]

    18. If you like Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and The Yiddish Policemen's Union) or Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction (see clip below) among others), you'll enjoy the debut novel by Ned Beauman, Boxer Beetle (available in the US in August 2011; available from the UK now). It is a fun, eccentric and well-executed novel with a wild cast of characters.First, there is Kevin "Fishy" Broom, a modern day dealer in Nazi memorabilia, who suffers from from trimethylaminuria: a ra [...]

    19. Beauman has a thorough command of the English language and a verbose vocabulary. Words do not make a good book; however, stories make good books. And when it comes down to it, the story in Boxer, Beetle is only remotely entertaining. Amidst sexual deviation and remotely connected subplots that made me think Beauman was poorly attempting to emulate Neal Stephenson, the story revolves around a Nazi memorabilia collector who lacks the financial ability to make a true impact or establish a financial [...]

    20. Entertaining & unique. I picked it up because the word "HILARIOUS" is on the cover. Plus I like boxing, AND I, too, spent time raising/breeding beetles (warning: that link is to a post about my beetles on my NOT WORK SAFE blog)!I did LOL a few times at the beginning, but kept reading it for the story and characters and wanting it to just turn into Seth Roach Fucks The World With His Fingers In Its Butthole. I think I loved him the way Evelyn did.The book feels incomplete to me without Kevin [...]

    21. Like a certain reviewer from the Daily Mail, I too could "only gape" at this "new writing force." However, my gaping came about not from "admiration" but from plain old horror. And like another reviewer my "gob" was "smack[ed]," but not because it was "smutty," though it was smutty, verging on pornagraphic (and not good pornography, either; more like the stuff that people write for free), but because it was so damnably stupid. I haven't read something as bad as this in quite awhile: absurd (agai [...]

    22. Once again I am completely at a loss how to rate this book. A 2.5 maybe? I'm unclear as to the author's thesis and/or purpose, but it contains an odd mix of Nazi memorabilia, boxing, flesh eating beetles, and a fair amount of gay sex. It was not, as the cover blurb advertised, "hilarious." Or "gripping." I did, however, stick with it to the end because I could not for the life of me figure out where it was headed. At least it did eventually reach a conclusion. From here on out I faithfully promi [...]

    23. Better in concept than in actuality. Beauman writes wittily and well, and the mash-up of ideas--eugenics and sundry other pathologies physical, intellectual, and political; entomology, urban planning, language, boxing--is piquant, but as a whole the thing doesn't hold up. It reminds me a bit of Tom McCarthy's recent novel C: it's so busy with its own ideas that it forgets about structure and character. (And speaking of characters, the ones here run the gamut from unattractive to repellent.) are [...]

    24. Very clever and highly entertaining! I have much admiration for people who can weave together such seemingly disparate elements into a cohesive narrative with though-provoking characters and humor.

    25. Nazis! Nazi memorabilia collectors! Boxers! Boxing promoters! Insects! Entomologists! Sufferers of trimethylaminuria! People who have to work with and smell them!The ecosystem of Ned Beauman's Boxer, Beetle is complicated and repulsive, but wound up not being quite as compelling as other reviewers have made it sound.The novel intertwines two narratives and two timelines in the now-classic format of a historical narrative being chased down by a modern explorer. In the 21st century, we have a youn [...]

    26. I bought this mostly for the wrong reasons - the cover design, the publisher's blurb and the mention of the Guardian award shortlisting (turns out he has written for the Guardian) - but didn't regret it. Didn't think it was amazing either, though. Sure, it's creative and innovative (and probably incredibly well-researched) but I really found it a bit immature at times. I smiled most at some of the moments of simple farce rather than the often clever but ultimately not too successful satire of fa [...]

    27. The story starts with Nazi memorabilia collectors before diving into 1936 and a 5-foot, 9-toed, gay Jewish boxer on his way to a world title match in New York, and his meeting with a fascist entomologist who is fascinated by his achievements in regard to his physical attributes.This novel is a bizarre patchwork of genres. The action in the present is pretty funny, the main character and narrator suffering with trimethylaminuria, a condition that makes him urine-stinky to the point of not having [...]

    28. Boxera, brouka jsem si koupil před lety, jenže pak se moje tehdejší buchtička stěhovala z bytu, páč jsme se neshodli na tom, jak často hrát playstation a kolik mít dětí, takže jsem o knihu logicky přišel, protože buchtičky mají nezměrnou touhu odnášet z bytu víc věcí než kolik do něj přinesly. Zajímavý je, že vždycky vytrejdujou knížky za odličovací tampóny, který mi nechaj v koupelně. Teďka byl Boxer, brouk ve slevě tak velký, že by pro něj důchodci [...]

    29. Dear Ned Beauman, I hate you. I hate that you can maintain hysteria without it becoming overbearing. I hate that in this narrative Nazis are used in other ways than the ever-too-easy pure evil ways. I hate that this is embedded in dark human history and yet has a sense of ridiculous humour. I hate that you can balance the two sides of life correctly. I hate that you used a Jewish, nine-toed, homosexual, English boxer in your narrative as I want to do something similar in my novel and now have so [...]

    30. No doubt some people find beetles creepy. When they are combined, as they are here, with Nazism and the ruthless collecting of Nazi memorabilia - murdering as necessary to get the desired prize -they ARE creepy.The book moves backwards and forwards in time – focusing partly on the years leading up to the Second World War and then to more recent times of serious Nazi collecting. Centre stage in 1930s London are Seth Roach, aka Sinner, and Dr Philip Erskine. The first is a young, diminutive and [...]

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