The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman might be the strangest book I’ve ever read. “LONGLISTED FOR THE 2012 MAN BOOKER PRIZE” is the phrase that impressed me I guess. Truthfully, I don’t remember how it turned up on my kindle. Or why. Maybe it was one of those muddle-headed middle of the night minor mishaps, where I push some buttons on my e-reader with my eyes closed.
I read a few pages and thought, oh my God, what have I gotten myself into now? Several chapters in I lost count of the times I’d back-tracked and re-read passages and even whole pages trying to get it all to make a bit of sense. Eventually I had one of those ah-hah moments. Once I realized it’s simply an insane story that’s all over the place, that’s when I started to love it.
This partial quote from the Amazon site sums it up well:
…..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
If you can wrap your brain around thousands of brilliantly crazy metaphors and similes and want to read a book with four different endings, this could be just what you’ve been waiting for. There are some difficult parts and bits of bizarre cleverness that I’m sure went right over my head, but there are also hilarious scenes that had me laughing out loud. For me it was a sort of roller-coaster read – I had to make myself sit back and enjoy the ride – so that when it was over, I found I couldn’t remember a whole lot about it except for the fun.