Reader reviews and comments on Insect Dreams, plus links to write your own review.

Summary |  Excerpt |  Reviews |  Readalikes |  Genres & Themes |  Author Bio

Insect Dreams

by Marc Estrin

Insect Dreams by Marc Estrin
  • Critics' Opinion:

    Readers' Opinion:

  • First Published:
    Feb 2002, 480 pages
    Paperback:
    Jan 2003, 480 pages

  • Rate this book


Buy This Book

About this Book

Reviews

Page 1 of 1
There are currently 3 reader reviews for Insect Dreams
Order Reviews by:

Write your own review!

L Breier (09/09/02)


This writer is nothing short of brilliant. I was constantly astounded by Estrin's range of knowledge--- world history, historical figures, physics, chemistry, music----you name it, Marc Estrin knows it intimately.
And "Insect Dreams" is funny to boot. (Take the time to read or re-read Kafka's Metamorphosis beforeheand---it's short---to get the full impact of Estrin's imaginative take on Gregor Samsa, the roach.)
There were many events in the book that were positively prescient, what with the current threat of terrorism, particularly nuclear, following 9/11. Midway in Samsa's historical journey through World War 11 events, Estrin brings his roach character to Los Alamos and allows the reader into the story of the discovery of nuclear fission and the lives and personalities of the scientists attached to the Manhattan Project and the making of "the bomb".
Coincidentally, I had just read in the newspaper that our government was concerned that Iraq is stockpiling lengths of pipe needed to create a nuclear weapon. And at the same time, I am reading in this novel how it was the brainstorm of one of the scientists to pack neutrons into a length of pipe and create an implosion.
There were many other such "aha" moments in the book.
No surprise then, that I highly recommend this book. It is zany and philosophically right on the money at the same time.
PS. I have never before heard of Marc Estrin so this book was an out of the blue surprise for me. I happened to be browsing the new book section of my local library and got curious.

Edith Kessler (07/22/02)

I read "The Metamorphosis" when I was in high school. I thought it was fascinating. Your book "Insect Dreams" brought the character Gregor Samsa to life. I like the way Marc Estrin incorporated the character's knowledge and love of music. The character of Gregor Samsa shows that you don't have to be completely human to have a human heart. I look forward to reading future books by Marc Estrin.
rich linder (07/08/02)

Great book. At first I wasn't so sure, though the mastery of language was (is) there from the beginning. For a (short) while I wondered if this was one of those books in which the author seems more interested in showing off all he/she knows than in telling a story. This misgiving didn't last long, though, and I was soon caught up in a terrifying comedy, a powerful terrifying comedy, and a powerful terrifying tragedy as well. Gregor is an immensely sympathetic character: one wishes for more such human roaches. And more and more. I bought the book after reading the first page in the bookstore. My best book buy in recent years. The book is also beautifully produced--print, cover, visuals, etc. Thanks, Estrin.
  • Page
  • 1

Support BookBrowse

Become a Member and discover books that entertain, engage & enlighten!

Join Today!

Editor's Choice

  • Book Jacket: Hillbilly Elegy
    Hillbilly Elegy
    by J.D. Vance
    In this illuminating memoir, Vance recounts his trajectory from growing up a "hillbilly" in ...
  • Book Jacket: The Dark Flood Rises
    The Dark Flood Rises
    by Margaret Drabble
    Margaret Drabble, the award-winning novelist and literary critic who is approaching eighty and ...
  • Book Jacket: All Our Wrong Todays
    All Our Wrong Todays
    by Elan Mastai
    You need a great deal of time to read All Our Wrong Todays, but don't let that put you off. ...

Book Discussion
Book Jacket
The Atomic Weight of Love
by Elizabeth J. Church

In the spirit of The Aviator's Wife, this resonant debut spans from World War II through the Vietnam War.

About the book
Join the discussion!

First Impressions

  • Book Jacket

    Lola
    by Melissa Scrivner Love

    An astonishing debut crime thriller about an unforgettable woman.
    Reader Reviews

  • Book Jacket

    Our Short History
    by Lauren Grodstein

    Lauren Grodstein breaks your heart, then miraculously pieces it back together so it's stronger, than before.
    Reader Reviews

Who Said...

Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one.

Click Here to find out who said this, as well as discovering other famous literary quotes!

Word Play

Solve this clue:

O My D B

and be entered to win..

Books that     
entertain,
     engage

 & enlighten

Visitors can view some of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only.

Join Today!

Your guide toexceptional          books

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends books that we believe to be best in class. Books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, that will expand your mind and challenge you -- the kinds of books you just can't wait to tell your friends about.

 
Modal popup -