Longlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize. The fantastically inventive, ingenious and hilarious new novel from Ned Beauman.
History happened while you were hungover.
When you haven't had sex in a long time, it feels like the worst thing that could ever happen to anyone. If you're living in Germany in the 1930s, it probably isn't. But that's no consolation to Egon Loeser, whose carnal misfortunes will push him from the experimental theatres of Berlin to the absinthe bars of Paris to the physics laboratories of Los Angeles, trying all the while to solve two mysteries: whether it was really a deal with Satan that claimed the life of his hero, the great Renaissance stage designer Adriano Lavicini; and why a handsome, clever, charming, modest guy like him can't, just once in a while, get himself laid.
From the author of the acclaimed Boxer, Beetle comes a historical novel that doesn't know what year it is; a noir novel that turns all the lights on; a romance novel that arrives drunk to dinner; a science fiction novel that can't remember what 'isotope' means; a stunningly inventive, exceptionally funny, dangerously unsteady and (largely) coherent novel about sex, violence, space, time, and how the best way to deal with history is to ignore it.
Let's hope the party was worth it.
©2012 Ned Beauman (P)2012 Hodder & Stoughton
So - it was not that bad - pretty pointless, but I can see that some would like the disconnected storyline and unpleasant characters. I stuck through it because I was trying to work out what the hell it was about. Still not sure - ah well - I listened to it on planes, drains and automobiles so did not waste too much time on it.
"Stick with it, it gets funnier and funnier"
I found this book quite hard going at the beginning, It seemed to be about about a pretentious self obsessed idiot who cared for no one, but that of course was the point. Completely blind to everything going on around him, obsessed with a girl who had slept with everyone but him, he sets of on an adventure that gets more and more surreal. Very refreshing and a fun and easy listen. Loved it.
"Awful in every aspect"
I wish I could not give this any stars. I regret every minute of my life I gave to this dull book. Its slow, very little happens and the main character are incredibly dislikable. Narration only added to the torture this book created, read in such a condescending tone that really grated.
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