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The Teleportation Accident: A Novel Hardcover – February 26, 2013
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“Gobsmackingly clever.” ―Vanity Fair
“The Teleportation Accident is a singular novel -- singularly clever, singularly audacious, singularly strange--from a singular, and almost recklessly gifted, young writer.” ―Time.com
“Endlessly witty and furiously inventive, Ned Beauman's second novel... consolidates [his] stature as a formidably accomplished writer... Beauman flaunts an almost indecently pleasurable way with words as he piles on outrageous developments... This [is a] dazzling entertainment. It's rare for a book to stimulate the brain cells and the funny bone with equal gusto, but Beauman has a knack for embedding trenchant philosophical blasts in punch lines... You laugh, then you flinch. On the evidence of his first novel, Boxer Beetle, and now this brilliantly clever and covertly humane book, Beauman promises to keep us laughing and flinching for years to come.” ―The Washington Post
“Brilliant... If there was ever any worry that [Beauman] might have crammed all his ideas into his first book, the prize-winning Boxer, Beetle, this makes it clear he kept a secret bunker of his best ones aside.” ―Joe Dunthorne, The Guardian
“Fiendishly clever... This fizzy novel is a great time machine all its own, jumping between the Renaissance and the future, flirting with noir, sci-fi, and romance, and skewering the ‘same empty people going to the same empty parties' along the way. Every generation gets the hipster satire it deserves. But this one's for every generation. Grade: A” ―Melissa Maerz, Entertainment Weekly
“Inspired... Beauman has an unflagging imagination and an indefatigable gift for comedy.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Funny and startlingly inventive... Beauman is undoubtedly a writer of prodigious talent, and there are enough ideas [here]... to fill myriad lesser novels.” ―The Financial Times
“Brilliantly written... A confounding sci-fi-noir-comedy mashup overstuffed with astute social observations, high-brow literary allusions, stupendous Pynchonian names and prose so odd and marvelous that every few pages I had to stop and reread a passage.” ―Jennifer Reese, NPR.org
“There is so much going on in this truly bizarre novel―everything from slapstick to noir to steampunk―that discombobulated readers may feel as though they’ve fallen down a narrative wormhole. But what a wormhole! ... Brilliant.” ―Bill Ott, Booklist (starred review)
“The oversized, exuberant, and farcical plot of The Teleportation Accident is more entertaining than any summary can convey... [Beauman] has the knack for populating his tale with absurd secondary characters, spinning seemingly minor details into long-running jokes, and for placing his protagonist into precarious, comically rich scrapes. The result is rewarding; there are no such thing as pointless digressions in The Teleportation Accident, just the rollicking tale of a hapless Loeser following his heart.” ―Daily Beast
“As wild a cast of eccentrics and madmen, scammers and venal self-servers, hapless saps and trodden-down dreamers, as you have seen since the heyday of J. P. Donleavy or Evelyn Waugh… Teleporting directly into the ranks of such mythomaniacal jesters as Nick Sagan and Christopher Moore, Ned Beauman kicks any sophomore qualms to the curb.” ―B&N Review
“Incredibly intelligent, fantastically distracted... You won't read a more memorable novel about sex, obsession and the sticky stuff of science fiction this year, if ever....Profoundly funny, and on the sentence level, simply exhilarating.” ―Tor.com
“Bizarre, original, and satisfying... [Beauman is] a special talent... He takes the sort of risks that writers under 30 should take, but rarely do.” ―BookPage
“Beauman has created a wacky mash-up of a hefty number of genres -- historical fiction, noir, slapstick, science fiction and satire -- populated by sinners, ghouls and Caltech physicists and set mainly in the pre-World War II period. And, yes, there is a teleportation device.” ―Star-Telegram (Fort Worth
“[A] pyrotechnical... violently clever... highly cerebral… frantically entertaining pasteboard extravaganza… Extraordinary.” ―The Sunday Times
“Popping with ideas, fizzing with vitality, and great fun.” ―The Independent on Sunday
“Stylistically radical... Virtuosic... An unquestionably brilliant novel, ribald and wise in equal measure... Witty and sometimes deeply moving.” ―Times Literary Supplement
“A glorious, over-the-top production, crackling with inventive wit and seething with pitchy humour . . . It's as if the English tradition of humorous novels (PG Wodehouse, Kingsley Amis, Evelyn Waugh) and American comic fiction (Thomas Pynchon, Kurt Vonnegut, John Barth) have had their molecules recombined . . . A beguiling success.” ―The Scotsman
“If you care about contemporary fiction, you must read this.” ―Tatler
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The result is a historical novel where the characters are largely uninformed by the times in which they live, a romance driven by lust and unrequited feelings, a science fiction novel that is based in the past and a detective story without a detective. Beauman references many literary writers, from ancient Greeks, Hemmingway, Joyce, Heidegger though to the sci-fi genre of HP Lovencraft and various playwrights, but the style is more Philip Marlowe than Christopher Marlowe.
Set mainly in the pre-World War 2 period, initially in Germany but moving to LA via Paris, Egon Loeser is a theatre set designer obsessed with the history of a teleportation device invented in the 1600s by an Italian set designer which failed spectacularly. Loeser is also self-pitying and sex-starved - the latter presumably affected by the former. Beauman's point is that there is repetition in events through time that is largely unaffected by the period in which it is set, and events can usually traced back to lust for a girl.Read more ›
The first 72% of this book was bizarrely tedious. In the midst of fascinating settings and potentially thrilling adventures, our hero is so fixated on himself that he makes everything around him meaningless. He wanders the earth looking, ostensibly, for the girl of his dreams. When he finds her, without ever having a moment of realization, she becomes meaningless as well. The end.
Some things actually do happen toward the end of the book. The wordcraft is bewitching--Beauman definitely has a way with the bitter word, although the anachronistic tone of the opening makes it hard to fully engage. But if hanging out with someone deliberately, obsessively self-centered is not your idea of a good time, there is a world of better stories that won't waste your time with empty bon mots.
The idea that one might escape time and place through a Teleportation Device seems irrelevant to the literary and theatre crowd with which Loeser associates. The Depression is a major factor in the life of Weimar Germany in 1931, though "This so-called Depression makes no difference to us...Six million jobless doesn't seem like so many when none of us ever had any wish for a real job in the first place." Likewise, little notice is made when Loeser meets "Adele Hitler," except to note that she is "no relation" to another Hitler.Read more ›
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An algorithm- that's what you need for a novel like 'The Teleportation Accident'. I mean, Amazon.com, as well as Goodreads and other book related web sites use software to guide... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jack Worthing
It’s obvious that Ned Beauman is a brilliant young mind and will be a brilliant writer. The Teleportation Accident is too, too clever but also exhausting in the density of its... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bookcat
This is as quirky a novel as I've ever read. Quirky doesn't always mean enjoyable but, in this case, it's remarkably enjoyable, despite its tenuous connection with reality, or even... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Robert Grant
Sumptuous writing that is about one step less intense than Jeff Vandermeer (in a good way). Great saga that is really inside the head of the not-so-likeable protagonist. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Richard Charles
I loved this book. It is hilariously inappropriate with dislikable characters. Not everyone's cup of tea for sure, but I found myself reading it out loud to my husband when I'd... Read morePublished 9 months ago by SusanC
My book group loved this book and we had an active discussion. I am not a big fan of books that bring up a million details and then neatly wrap them all up in the end. Read morePublished 9 months ago by De
I liked this very much.stayed up much to late in order to finish before ha icing to return to library.Published 10 months ago by stanc
I like the offbeat, but it was just too hard to get into this one. It just seemed that the author was too fond of their own cleverness. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Brian F.