Kockroach

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Kockroach It is the mid s in a fleabag hotel off Times Square Kockroach perfectly content with life as an insect awakens to discover that somehow he s become of all things a human As Kockroach led by h
  • Title: Kockroach
  • Author: Tyler Knox
  • ISBN: 9780061143335
  • Page: 277
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It is the mid 1950s in a fleabag hotel off Times Square Kockroach, perfectly content with life as an insect, awakens to discover that somehow he s become, of all things, a human As Kockroach, led by his primitive desires and insectile amorality, navigates through the bizarre human realms of crime, business, politics, and sex, he meets with both great triumph and great diIt is the mid 1950s in a fleabag hotel off Times Square Kockroach, perfectly content with life as an insect, awakens to discover that somehow he s become, of all things, a human As Kockroach, led by his primitive desires and insectile amorality, navigates through the bizarre human realms of crime, business, politics, and sex, he meets with both great triumph and great disaster.In Kockroach, a wholly original work of literary noir, Tyler Knox brilliantly turns Kafka s The Metamorphosis on its head It is the mid 1950s, and in a fleabag hotel off Times Square, Kockroach, perfectly content with life as an insect, awakens to discover that somehow he s become, of all things, a human This tragic turn of events would be enough to fling a highly evolved creature into despair, but cockroaches know no despair Firmly entrenched in the present tense, they are awesome coping machines, and so Kockroach copes Step by step, he learns the ways of humans how to walk, how to talk, how to wear a jaunty brown fedora In Times Square he discovers a blistering sea of lights, a great smoking god, walls of glass laden with food, and the opportunity to rise in the human world Two companions guide him on his way Mite, an undersized gangster suffering an acute case of existential angst, and Celia Singer, a reserved woman with a disfigured body who finds in Kockroach a key to unlocking her hidden passions As Kockroach, led by his primitive desires and insectile amorality, navigates through the bizarre human realms of crime, business, politics, and sex, he meets with both great triumph and great disaster Will he find success or be squashed flat from above Will he change humanity, or will humanity change him Packed with love, violence, and a perverse sense of humor, Kockroach is the classic tale of an immigrant s search for the American dream as seen from a stunning new perspective.
    Kockroach Kockroach by Tyler Knox Kockroach is a fun, enjoyable read, but not something that I think is elevated in any way The inventive and quirky premise, carried so well in the beginning, allows the story to coast, and in coasting I think that is where things falter a bit For my taste, I think Knox pulled his punches and didn t allow the character to Cockroach Kockroach by by Tyler Knox Summary and reviews As Kockroach, an arthropod of the genus Blatella and of the species germanica, awakens one morning from a typically dreamless sleep, he finds himself transformed into some large, vile creature He is lying flip side up atop a sagging pad Four awkwardly articulated legs Kockroach Bookreporter Kockroach, an arthropod of the genus Blatella and of the species germanica, awakens one morning from a typically dreamless sleep, he finds himself transformed into some large, vile creature What kind of large, vile creature, you may ask, could a cockroach Cockroach Information for Kids Cockroach Facts for Kids The American cockroach is the largest cockroach found in houses Despite its name, the American cockroach is not native to North America, but was likely introduced via ships from Africa in the s Females can hatch up to offspring per year Cockroaches don t
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    Onvan Kockroach Nevisande Tyler Knox ISBN 61143332 ISBN13 9780061143335 Dar 368 Safhe Saal e Chap 2006

    Kafka inverted, as a cockroach wakes up to find that it had become human Knox is doing noir with a twist, an existential novel about human motivations, set in the Times Square of the 1950s The hard boiled genre suits the time There is indeed some social commentary here, as Jerry Blatta, the name our transformed one takes on, living as a gifted mimic but motivated almost entirely by greed and fear, finds himself in a world in which his particular proclivities fit right in One might see in this an [...]

    Much than mere homage, Knox has created a work capable of being read entirely divorced from its literary antecedent That the publisher chose to mention Kafka on the dust jacket is unnecessary yet no less understandable In a nutshell a cockroach in a cheap motel assumes the form of a suicide, whilst retaining full memory of his origins knowledge which allows him to quickly rise to the top of the criminal underworld, and later the no less cutthroat corporate jungle So, this is a hilarious book ab [...]

    Three stars, I think, means good book for me, but maybe not for a lot of other people Kockroach is a fun, enjoyable read, but not something that I think is elevated in any way.The inventive and quirky premise, carried so well in the beginning, allows the story to coast, and in coasting I think that is where things falter a bit For my taste, I think Knox pulled his punches and didn t allow the character to go dark He allowed the characters to tip toe up to it, but failed to follow through with wh [...]

    In the Metamorphosis, Kafka asked us what if a man became an insect In Kockroach, Tyler Knox asks us what if an insect became a man Roaches are free of any human empathy Truth, kindness, and respect for laws would only be so much water running off the bug s glistening back A roach knows only survival His creed is to thrive His soul is hunger.The insectile sensibilities serve the protagonist well He exploits everyone he can and builds a financial empire on ruthlessness and crime Turning to politi [...]

    Kockroach, by Tyler Knox, has been the rage among coworkers for a few months, so I couldn t wait to get my hands on one of two galleys that were being tossed around the office Sloppy seconds or appropriately, filthy fourths was okay with me because the reviews coming from my friends were extremely positive Phrases like book of the year and revolutionary emanated from a bunch of self admitted book snobs Needless to say, I was thrilled when it was my chance to bring the book home.The premise is t [...]

    I really enjoyed this book, about a cockroach who gets turned into a man and ends up becoming a gangster and then a politician I found I couldn t put the book down while it was an easy, fun read, it also made me stop and think about how humans act and perceive ourselves and how other species might perceive us Great fun

    This is the most unusual book I have read in years If you don t mind the premise that a cockroach awakes to find itself a human, and are willing to go with it, you ll get some laughs and interesting observations on human life, as well as the natural history of cockroaches I felt the ending was a bit anticlimactic.

    I truly enjoyed this inverse of Metamorphosis and the flip book page corners added to the fun Naturally a cockroach turned man would need a guide, and his sidekick parasite Mite hits just the right note Naturally, we get to explore the dregs of society The drives of fear, hunger, sex and dominance lead to only too human behavior Is this book profound No Is it fun Oh, yes.

    What a fantastic idea Inverting the Kafka story and having a cockroach turn into a man, Knox a pseudonym of its own allows for a wildly satirical rant on humanity Allegorical and cutting, this book surprised me and even inspired me to break my own block I d been experiencing Highly recommended

    What an unusual interesting book I was hooked from the first sentence, telling how Kockroach wakes up finds himself a man

    A change on the Kafka Metamorphosis This is about a cockroach who becomes a human and find that his instincts set him up to excel.

    A hugely readable and beneath the pulpy, noirish, and Runyonesque arabesques that give the thing its zing a surprisingly moving meditation on human identity and desire I picked up the book expecting a reimagination of Kafka s METAMORPHOSIS, but to consider the conceit that begins the work a bug turns into a man and not vice versa the point of this work is to do a disservice to Kafka AND to Knox Knox s sheer brio and self evident love of tall tales and the American urban gothic come through in vi [...]

    At the start of Tyler Knox s new novel, a cockroach wakes up and discovers he s been transformed into a man The scene is crawling with so many clever jokes and allusions to Metamorphosis that for a while you fear the whole thing may be just an extended writing experiment Imagine Penelope coming home to Odysseus after 20 years at the grocery store But Knox quickly scurries away from Kafka s original Whereas poor Gregor Samsa was crippled with despair, when this roach molts into a man s body in a [...]

    Some crazy concepts and interpretation of the cockroach mind I learned a lot about the psyche and biology of cockroaches Not at all gross Only problem is I didn t take an interest on the characters until later in the book If it wasn t for the obligatory feeling of being a good friend, I wouldn t have finished this book Also, I have a feeling it flopped the climax and overextended it.

    Kockroach wakes one morning to find his body has been morphed into that of a human A horrible development for sure, but cockroaches don t spend a lot of time dwelling on the past So Kockroach leaves his colony and ventures forth into the bright light and the strange society of humans Cockroaches have been around for millions of years and will probably still be here long after humans are gone, because they are very adaptable, so it s no surprise that Kockroach finds a pair of sunglasses and quick [...]

    This is a very funny bankshot, with left english off of Kafka s Metamorphosis Instead of aman waking up and finding out that he s turnedinto a roach, a roach checks in to a roach motel and finds, to his disgust, that he s become a man It s a perfect set up for taking a shot at someone what kind of a guy does a roach turn into Your cousin Louie Michael Jackson Dick Cheyney It should be no surprise that he goes first in toorganized crime, then legitimate business, then politics.Readers will no dou [...]

    In his first published novel, Tyler Knox takes Franz Kafka s Metamorphosis to that place some of us have imagined it could go in the opposite direction In the opening scene, we are graphically introduced into the metamorphosis of a Blatella germanica cockroach, into the human form of Blatta Mr Blatta, to you The explicit descriptions of his transformation leave little to the imagination and set the stage for a fascinating journey In addition to Blatta, two other characters play a major role in t [...]

    Mi piaciuto questo libro Leggero senza essere stupido, semplice senza essere banale.L autore si destreggia bene con la sua idea di rovesciare quel gran capolavoro che La metamorfosi di quel gran genio di Kafka limitandosi al parallelismo solo nelle prime pagine, quelle in cui racconta di un piccolo scarafaggio che si risveglia umano, uomo.Per il resto la storia racconta della lenta presa di coscienza di questo cambiamento e della progressiva ascesa di Jerry Blatta dai bassifondi ai piani alti pa [...]

    Fucking brilliant creative fascinating idea Set in the 50s New York a cockroach gets somehow transformed into a human, reverse Metamorphoses I got so excited when the chapter of the Automat started, I clapped Yes I m lame that way If you don t know what the Automat is look it up It s great Apparently the idea of it was better than the execution but still My one minor gripe is that sometimes one has to hold one s skepticism, Kockroach adapts far too easily to human life but perhaps that s because [...]

    In Kafka s Metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa woke up one morning having been transformed into a bug though the species is unspecified, it s generally imagined as a sort of cockroach In Kockroach, Knox imagines a cockroach who wakes to find himself having been transformed into a man Hilarity ensues.I really enjoyed the dialogue in the book particularly in the first part where Kockroach is just learning to be human, learning to talk by imitating the sounds he hears I found Mite s vocabulary a little jar [...]

    Like some of Palahniuk s work, I find myself almost unable to describe what happens in this book When I say, It s a story about a cockroach who molts, and finds that he s now a full size human being, I am inadequately describing what happens in the story, but that s as close as I can get.Kockroach is a metaphor, but it s also a story of discovery You re meant to think about what it means to be human, and the choices you ve made that form your personality, as well as your persona, and how those t [...]

    A clever Americanized flip of Kafka s Metamorphosis this book opens with a confused man finding himself in a seedy motel room frightened by the flashing red neon of the light outside There is a body hanging from the ceiling, a body bearing the very same face that this confused and frightened man now possesses Without giving too much away, the confused man used to be a cockroach, and has somehow taken over this man s now ended life It is the 1920 s in New York, and the cockroaches become mob boss [...]

    Interesting gimmick instead of man turning into cockroach we get cockroach turning into man It s clever, but Kockroach doesn t tell us much new about human nature, or cockroach nature, for that matter If a person s only feelings are fear and greed if love, fairness and pity are not only absent but incomprehensible then naturally he will find success as a criminal, a businessman and even a politician.Thankfully, Kockroach doesn t take the bug learns how to love and lives happily ever after route [...]

    If there s a musical equivalent of a one hit wonder in the literary world then Tyler Knox is the holder of such a title With only one novel to date, which was published over two years ago, Knox may not be scurrying up the book charts ever again However that one novel, Kockroach , shines like a diamond in a coalmine.Anyone who is familiar with Franz Kafka s short story Metamorphosis , where a male turns into a cockroach, will notice that this notion has been turned on its thorax in this highly en [...]

    Great characterizations, and an amusing device for examining our human behaviors Perfectly captures that 50s Times Square culture at least my awareness of it And who can resist that cover I ve not read Kafka, but am familiar with the Metamorphosis tale, and can appreciate the allusions made here.I d thought Knox was a first time scribe, which enhanced my praise for him in my reading circles, but it later bothered me to learn he took on this pseudonym so as not to alienate his genre readers Seems [...]

    Fantastic premise cockroach wakes up in human form and rises in the ranks of 1950 s New York gangland.This is the second book of late that I ve read with the animal to man premise the other one was The Evolution of Bruno Little Kochroach handles this better by the way Much better, and with about half the page count.Kochroach applies his basic instincts of greed and fear to this new human life, quickly going from enforcer to boss of Times Square I really enjoyed this one, however, there s one thi [...]

    This was different Had I not known that Tyler Knox was William Lashner, I m not sure I ever would have picked this up But I know what I m getting with a Lashner novel insight, enlightenment, grit, and heart And this did not disappoint It s interesting to see Kockroach evolve, and Celia sort of devolves, being drawn to the danger and power Mite he is pretty much perpetually stuck, as a life of struggle and eyes on the prize are all he knows The characters are strong, the storytelling smooth, some [...]

    Tyler Knox a pseudonym for crime novelist William Lashner creates something wholly original from a wide range of sources Kafka s famous short story, Jerzy Kosinzky s Being There, the acclaimed 1970s film Midnight Cowboy, and a heavy dose of entomological research What could have simply been a clever idea becomes a thoughtful, humorous inquiry into the adaptability of cockroaches and people A few critics find some inconsistency in characterization, specifically with Mikey Mite, as well as anachro [...]

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