The Roaches Have No King

When Ira Fishblatt s girlfriend, Ruth Grubstein, moves into his apartment, he has his kitchen renovated to make her feel at home She is tickled pink, but hundreds of other houseguests aren t the cockroaches who d been living well, before they were boarded in and starved out Famine slowly drives them into a frenzy, until one of them comes up with a plan With the unwittWhen Ira Fishblatt s girlfriend, Ruth Grubstein, moves into his apartment, he has his kitchen renovated to make her feel at home She is tickled pink, but hundreds of other houseguests aren t the cockroaches who d been living well, before they were boarded in and starved out Famine slowly drives them into a frenzy, until one of them comes up with a plan With the unwitting help of the local cocaine dealer, they ll encourage a romance between Ira and that pretty neighbour, Elizabeth, and so rid themselves forever of Ruth and her tidiness Or there s always Ira s ex, the Gypsy, who loved to throw tantrums and food around the house.
The Roaches Have No King When Ira Fishblatt s girlfriend Ruth Grubstein moves into his apartment he has his kitchen renovated to make her feel at home She is tickled pink but hundreds of other houseguests aren t the cockr

  • Title: The Roaches Have No King
  • Author: Daniel Evan Weiss
  • ISBN: 9781852423261
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Roaches Have No King”

    1. This is one of the more bizarre books I've read lately, and I'm not a stranger to bizarre books. I'm not exaggerating when I say that there were a few sections in this book that I had an actual, visceral reaction to. The story is about a colony of intelligent roaches who are trying to carve out a better life for themselves by ruining the lives of the humans whose apartment they occupy. It's equally funny and unsettling, and it'll probably give you pause the next time you go to crush some insect [...]

    2. Okay, a caveat or ten for this one: I flew through it. It was like reading a book version of Jackass or South Park or something. Absolutely disgusting, revolting, and gross. and well written, fascinating, and so out-of-left-field that it was kind of awesome. (Okay, maybe more South Park and less Jackass) But I can't actually recommend this to anyone who is easily offended or has a weak stomach. So. There you go. Read at your own risk.

    3. This is no 'Metamorphosis' ('Die Verwandlung') with laughs. A herd, bunch , flock, mob (not sure what the collective noun is) of Cockroaches achieve some sort of human understanding by eating through the contents of a book case. Some of them take on human characteristics of the authors or characters of these books but they are still roaches with no real understanding of human behavior. The protagonist roach is called Numbers. He tries to manipulate the humans of the apartment into becoming more [...]

    4. I am conflicted about my review of this novel. While it has some great ideas, I don't like it as much as that would suggest. The story is told from the point of view of Numbers who is a member of a cockroach colony that sees its fortunes fall when Ira Fishblatt's girlfriend Gypsy walks out on him following yet another argument. Why? Because Gypsy's carefree ways and lifestyle (particularly as they pertain to cooking and cleaning) have allowed the colony to flourish.As with most science fiction s [...]

    5. This was one of the books that tought me to love contemporary fiction. Daniel Evan Weiss is one of my all time favorite authors. The NY called him "the evil kanievel of novelist" his stories are gritty to the point of being filthy but they also feature more heart and honesty than almost any of his more famous contemporaries. This book is the story of numbers, a cockroach born in the bible chapter of the same name and his struggle to understand the world the humans around him and his place in it. [...]

    6. This is very well written but strange. I probably would have never read it if it hadn't been on the shelf due to my husband. I happened to see it on our shelf and picked it up. I ended up finishing the book in one sitting although i did stay up later than I planned.I think I might have found it difficult to sleep after reading it if I lived in place where roaches are more common. The story was engaging an I found myself rooting for Number even while being disturbed by some of his actions.

    7. One of the most humorous books, up there with Dug Adams Hitchiker's Guide. It is also quite good as an allegory. Imaginative beyond belief.

    8. If you want an original read then I would recommend this book. It is probably quite unlike most things I have read before. The closest comparison I could make would be to Will Self's Great Apes. Both books are trying to comment on human nature by moving outside of ourselves. The basic plot is that a cockroach called Numbers wants to take over an apartment and try to manipulate the human inhabitants into making life better for him and his fellow cockroaches. Via Numbers the author makes quite an [...]

    9. After allowing this book to loiter on my "to-read" shelf and in my wishlist (although a used copy ran all of $.50) forever, finally I ordered and read it. It was definitely worth the wait. I've just been through a string of disappointing reads. Not that the works in and of themselves were bad, but I just haven't read anything lately that I full out enjoyed, and I'm so glad I picked this book off the shelf. The reality is that this book is actually about roaches; in particular, one diabolical ro [...]

    10. Gli scarafaggi non hanno re, in questa grottesca storia di Weiss, ma di sicuro sono dotati di un'intelligenza superiore che gli permette di leggere e comprendere il nostro linguaggio. In prosperità, gli scarafaggi filosofi analizzano le differenze, soprattuto legate alla sfera sessuale, fra le due specie. Tuttavia presto la batteglia per la sopravvivenza li spingerà ad organizzarsi e a cercare di collaborare. Nonostante gli sforzi e i piani ben architettati, la vita è dura per gli amici a 6 z [...]

    11. Ammetto di essere di gusti un po' difficili. Al ristorante sono capace di studiare il menu per un'ora prima di fare la mia scelta e lo stesso accade spesso in libreria. È raro quindi che mi ritrovi per le mani qualcosa che mi faccia proprio schifo (libri da 1 stellina, per intenderci) e quando accade, evito di parlarne perché mi hanno lasciato così poco che non saprei cosa dire. Questa volta però la delusione è stata troppo intensa e quindi ho scritto di getto questa recensione. La trama mi [...]

    12. I bought this book used because I needed a beach read on my vacation. The concept intrigued me - the central character is a cockroach trying to reclaim his apartment from its human occupants. It was pretty entertaining and light enough for the beach, but the depiction of black characters seemed a bit racist - I couldn't tell if it was meant to be satirical or not. Also, and I know this sounds ridiculous in a review of a book about a talking cockroach, but - some of the story didn't make sense. T [...]

    13. This is just simply one of the weirdest books I've ever read. The world from a cockroaches point of view, and one colonies fight for survival in an Apartment - trying to manipulate their human occupiers. So full marks for being different, it kept me reading until I put it down. However weird does not necessarily equate to great - some of the things our head cockroach 'Numbers' got up to stretched credulity (i.e. the idea of muff diving cockroaches, ahem - made me feel distinctly queasy), althoug [...]

    14. The Roaches Have No King, by Daniel Evan Weiss, is a clever tale of cockroach “societal” dynamics, told from the perspective of the cockroach. Mind you, this is not a book for everyone – the “Ew Factor” is very high, especially in passages concerning the interaction between human and cockroach; some may find it downright unreadable for this reason. That said, I found it a funny, creative and involving story of roach sensibilities and their take on the world around them. The grossness i [...]

    15. Some wonderfully philosophical observations of the human psyche told from the point of view of a cockroach, completely undermined by overly crass and unnecessarily disgusting parts. This often makes the points he makes seem flippant, losing the impact they may have had.One part in particular near the end that I won't go into was very harrowing.Not for the faint heartedor even people not normally offended. I've got a strong stomach but often felt squeamish reading it in public.

    16. Hilaross. I combined hilarious and gross because this book is both. It is almost always disgusting, but so creative and possibly cerebral, assuming you enjoy roach humor and very graphic descriptions of everything. Told from the roach persepctive; an objective view at human beings and an imaginative take on roach life. Weiss knows how to tell an interesting story.Amazing. Interesting. Disgusting. Creative. I cannot possibly warn and suggest this book enough.

    17. OUTSTANDING - from a roaches point of view, easy to read, went fast and was very interesting. Just cute! I lent it to someone and never saw the book again :(

    18. A perverse, hysterically funny view of human life, from the perspective of a cockroach. Out of print, alas.

    19. I need to find another copy of this book. It is on my re-read list. Hilarious. Read the first page, and you will be hooked.

    20. I bought this because I was hoping it would be like Joe's Apartment would have been if Will Self had written it. It's exactly like that and it turns out that isn't a good thing.

    21. This book is raunchy; I can see why it struggled to find a publisher. It's David Lynch meets Animal Farm meets pornography. Weiss humanizes the roach but leaves him with baggage (there's a float down the sewer and commentary from the toilet rim, for example). For that reason and for its creative perspective you will never forget this book (and there are parts you don't want floating to mind at random moments, let me tell you).The premise is this: Jewish Ira Fishblatt shares his apartment (in NYC [...]

    22. First couple of pages, I didn't understand anything. Little by little, I started to get the bigger picture and everything made a bit more sense. The concept of the storyline is interesting. Life as seen from the point of view of a cockroach. There is a similarity with "Les Fourmis" by Bernard Weber. However this book wasn't as subtle and goes into some really weird directions. One scene is particularly disturbing, and I have to say that from that point on, I really had to force myself to finish [...]

    23. This is a really frustrating book. There are quite a few fantastic moments in it. It handles the roach POV perfectly, and I really got into the way that they think and feel, they way that they worked with each other, and the general world. The main character is engaging and you really do want him to succeed. Unfortunately there are three really big problems. First, is that there are several scenes in the book where he buries critical details of action so that you either don't know or can't possi [...]

    24. I like the author. He is intelligent, funny, witty actually, and he has an amazing vocabulary, far superior to that found in, for example Harlequin Books. His writing addresses intelligent, educated people.After finishing The Magic of Middle-Aged Women, I was looking for another book from the same author.The Roaches Have No King was compared to Kafka’s Metamorphoses. It is not comparable. I think Daniel Weiss’ book is far better. Similar in theme, creating a bug’s world that is humanized, [...]

    25. Dopo aver letto questo romanzo, odierò ancor di più gli scarafaggi. In realtà la storia è avvincente, Numeri, il protagonista, appartenente alla specie di blattella germanica, escogita varie strategie con la propria colonia per riappropriarsi del posto che gli spetta, dopo che Ruth, nuova fiamma del proprietario di casa, Ira, rinnova la struttura della cucina in un moderno "tapperware", trappola mortale per gli insoliti protagonisti del romanzo. Al che, Numeri, con le sue scorribande porter [...]

    26. Le narrateur de ce livre s'appelle Nombres. Il est né dans une bibliothèque de New York et appartient à l'espèce des dictyoptères, famille des blattellae germanicae, en français, les cafards. Nombres et ses compagnons vivent heureux dans l'appartement d'Ira et de la Gitane, quand celle-ci, excellente cuisinière mais souillon de première, décide de quitter le domicile conjugal. Elle est remplacée par Ruth, qui fait de l'ordre une religion et qui laisse subitement affamée la colonie des [...]

    27. Strange and interesting. I liked the concept -- cockroaches as philosophers -- but I'm not sure how long this will stay with me. This was first published in the UK as "Unnatural Selection" which I think is a better name. There are certainly plenty of unnatural occurrences in this one. Anyhow this was dirty and crazy but I liked it better than a lot of, say, Palahniuk. The seamy parts of this book were at least pretty humorous.I kept thinking about the Pearl Jam song "Rats" which pretty much is t [...]

    28. This is a brilliant book, sometimes hilarious, sometimes gross and always intelligent and clever. The basic plot is that cockroaches take over an apartment and try to manipulate the human inhabitants into making life better for them, the cockroaches. The fact that the story is narrated from the point of view of a cockroach gives the author plenty of opportunity to make observations on evolution, ecology and human civilisation from a distinctly non-human viewpoint. I love the way that each roach [...]

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