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Kafka meets The Thick of It in a bitingly funny new political satire from Ian McEwan.

That morning, Jim Sams, clever but by no means profound, woke from uneasy dreams to find himself transformed into a gigantic creature.

Jim Sams has undergone a metamorphosis. In his previous life he was ignored or loathed, but in his new incarnation he is the most powerful man in Britain - and it is his mission to carry out the will of the people. Nothing must get in his way: not the opposition, nor the dissenters within his own party. Not even the rules of parliamentary democracy.

With trademark intelligence, insight and scabrous humour, Ian McEwan pays tribute to Franz Kafka’s most famous work to engage with a world turned on its head.

©2019 Ian McEwan (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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great!

amazing book and outstanding performance! loved it. Bill Nighy is an amazing reader and the book got even better.

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  • Lu
  • 09-27-19

Ok satire on Brexit

During an interview, Ian McEwan stated that he wrote this book to let off steam at Brexit and that is possibly the best way to sum up The Cockroach. The book is excellently written and narrated The story doesn't pretend to be breaking boundaries but is enjoyable none the less and makes more sense than what is going on in the UK.

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  • Mr. M. Anandarajah
  • 10-01-19

Brexit: Kafka's Metamorphosis meets Animal Farm

An interesting commentary on the current UK political climate. Best to read it sooner rather than later however, as I suspect the impact of its satire will diminish over time. The central plot point mirrors Kafka's famous Metamorphosis, but doesn't develop this concept beyond a superficial level.

The narration by Bill Nighy was superb. Hilarious characterization of the US president!

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  • Elle
  • 06-16-20

Entertaining

Sadly too close to the bone...but it's a great story and I highly recommend it.

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  • Elisabeth
  • 12-20-19

Ha ha

Very entertaining short book. The allegories are huge fun. Enjoy. Thank you Mr McEwan. Cheered me up during this post election slump. Dec 2019

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  • Vudi Xhymshiti
  • 11-07-19

The BREXIT Story

This is a brilliant piece of Ian McEwan, who I had the opportunity to photograph during an assignment with AP.
I cover British politics and certainly I am amazed how far he has gone into understanding political characters and mentality of the destructive politics the conservatives m have been pursuing since they took over the government in 2010.

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  • Rupert M
  • 10-23-19

Very 2019

A superb book brilliantly read by Bill Nighy. As the UK rattles towards separation from the EU, what better time to hear this cleverly-crafted short novel. The understanding of human (and insect) nature is just amazing.

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  • Jill M Hetherington
  • 10-23-19

Scary and hilarious!

This parody of the horrors of Brexit is too close for comfort - a must read!

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  • Mrs. K. Sowden
  • 10-06-19

Enjoyable political satire

A book that explains how and why we've got ourselves into such a mess :-)

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  • Guy Ransom
  • 10-03-19

Short but not sweet

Well read by Bill but a weak story that goes nowhere. An interesting concept but left far short of the development deserved.

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  • Louise
  • 06-10-21

Very entertaining

I really enjoyed this book. It was very entertaining and amusing. I thoroughly recommend it.

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  • Heather
  • 10-13-19

It’s quite short!

I love his writing and enjoyed this book. Probably not good value for money as it is very short. A really fantastic performance

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