Friday, 16 February 2007
The Roaches Have No King by Daniel Ewan Weiss
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 has a life philosophy drawn from the book he or she was eating through when growing up! Its certainly a thought provoking book as well as very entertaining, but not for the faint hearted!