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To Hell with the Ugly

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  1,289 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
First published in French in 1948, "To Hell with the Ugly" saw Boris Vian's noir-novelist pseudonym Vernon Sullivan take on Vian's own burlesque pop sensibilities.

An erotic crime novel with science fiction tendencies, Sullivan's third outing is described by its translator as "a pornographic Hardy Boys novel set on the Island of Dr. Moreau to a be-bop soundtrack."

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Paperback, 151 pages
Published February 29th 2012 by Tam Tam Press (first published 1948)
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Jorozez
Que se mueran los feos es una de las novelas que Boris Vian tradujo desde los originales del norteamericano negro Vernon Sullivan. En una época en la que los escritores negros no abundaban precisamante el hallazgo de Vian era una pequeña joya.

Si acaso el tal Vernon Sullivan hubiese existido en realidad, claro. Porque no se trataba más que de un pseudónimo inventado por el propio Vian para poder publicar sin el incordio de la moralina bien pensante que velaba por las buenas costumbres. Y es que Q
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Charles Dee Mitchell
Boris Vian (1920 - 1959) has been on to read for some time. I hope that with this book I made a poor choice of starting points.

Vian has a great bio - jazz musician, bon vivant, friend to Sartre and company, He was a novelist, a playwright, and the translator of Raymond Chandler. When his own novels sold poorly, he turned his publisher's request for another translation into his first Vernon Sullivan novel. He wrote four of these imaginary translations of an American noir author. (The hoax was rev
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kagit kiz
Ve Bütün Çirkinler Öldürülecek

Çeviri yüzünden odaklanmada sorun yaşadım. Başlar iyiydi ama ortalarda biraz sıkıldım sonu ise gerçekten iyiydi, gülerek kapattım kitabı.

Pvw
Mar 12, 2013 Pvw rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointingly bad. A magnificently handsome young man gets involved in a plot by a mad scientist to clone only beautiful people on some faraway island. Along the way our guy, who wanted to keep his virginity, is forced to have sex with lavishly beautiful women. The book reaches its finale when the hero gets to take part in an FBI rescue mission to infiltrate the secret island base, which is also infested with equally beautiful and continuously naked youngsters who fornicate 24/7.

Sounds like th
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Aitor Alcaine
Jan 20, 2016 Aitor Alcaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surrealismo, pulp, un doctor alemán malvado, filosofía de la estética, humor ácido, algo de conspiranoia, un virgen guaperas obsesionado por su cuerpo, un frankenstein muy sincero, una isla como la del dr Moreau llena de ninfas perfectas, la serie P, un poco de bandas, algo de jazz... En fin, que mas quieres?
Gloria
Dec 24, 2016 Gloria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5/5

Me gusta la forma de escribir de Vian, cómo su protagonista es lelo redomado y lo deja saber por sus expresiones y el lenguaje usado. Me ha gustado más que nada el plot del final y cómo empiezan a dudar de que lo que creían que era malo igual no lo era tanto, aunque la trama policiaca del libro no me ha convencido tanto, me olía demasiado a señor.
Corinne Stoppelli
Rocky, un jeune homme de 19 ans, est l’apollon de sa génération. Sa plus grande préoccupation est celle de rester vierge jusqu’à l’âge fatidique de ses 20 ans. Seulement voilà, un enchaînement d’évènements étranges mettra en péril sa volonté. Tour à tour forcé à se reproduire avec des clones humaines et séduit par de belles jeunes femmes bien réelles, Rocky résistera-t-il ?

Étrangement mêlé à un crime, Rocky et son ami décideront d’enquêter sur ces meurtres qui les concernent. Ils découvriront qu
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Arax Miltiadous
Jan 16, 2013 Arax Miltiadous rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Arax by: Ελενα Εμμανουηλ
RESPECT AND RULES!

Στην αρχή διαβάζοντας Boris Vian σκέφτηκα " φίλε μου κάτι δεν πάει καλά με αυτό τον άνθρωπο" ..
Αυτό ήταν το πρώτο του Βιβλίο που διάβασα και μετά τα πτώματα που έχουν το ίδιο χρώμα - που το θεωρώ καλύτερο- νομίζω ότι είναι από τα πιο ευκολοδιάβαστα(!) του. Και δηλώνω φανατική αναγνώστης του.
Δεν εχω λέξεις να περιγράψω ..
Σκεφτείτε έναν πινάκα του Νταλί φτιαγμένο από λέξεις η την εβδόμη συμφωνία του Μπετόβεν φτιαγμένη από εικόνες... Αυτό δημιουργεί ο Βίαν.!
Πολύ μπροστά από την επ
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Carlos Silva
Boris Vian nos da una novela que pareciera ser noir en un principio pero que se va tornando en varios sin sentidos que, valga la contradicción, tienen sentidos si uno se mantiene atento a los hechos que presenta desde un principio el autor.

Sin embargo, la novela carece a ratos de momentos de exploración para el lector y es que el narrador, Rock Bailey es demasiado explícito a la hora de describir cómo se sienten él y los demás personajes con los que convive.

La construcción excesiva de ciertos
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Angie Reads
Η πιο παραξενη,σουρεαλιστικη ιστορια που εχω διαβασει! μου αρεσει ο τροπος γραφης του Μπορις Βιαν σε πρωτο προσωπο,η γρηγορη περιγραφη και η πλοκη που δεν σε κανει να βαριεσαι! Οι χαρακτηρες ηταν αρκετα ενδιαφεροντες και υπηρχε αλληγορικο νοημα πισω απο το θεμα της ιστοριας του. Δεν εχω διαβασει κατι αλλο απο τον ιδιο συγγραφεα για να εχω μετρο συγκρισης ή μια πιο ολοκληρωμενη γνωμη,παντως το συγκεκριμενο διαβαστηκε ευκολα κι ευχαριστα! Αν και θεωρητικα ανηκει στην κατηγορια "επιστημονικη φαντασ ...more
Tosh
May 19, 2012 Tosh rated it it was amazing
The genius of Boris Vian never tires. He lived five lives in one - and one of his great identities is Vernon Sullivan. Vian's love of pulp literature is an outlet of his terror fantasies of what America is at the time of the writing of this novel - late 1940's. This book reads like a Hardy Boys young adult novel with sex and mixed in the soup great pulp science fiction touches. A remarkable entertaining read. Oh and i published it!

Louis
Aug 05, 2013 Louis rated it liked it
"I'm woken by Andy Sigman, whose big hands are vigorously shaking me about. I was dreaming about having sex with a giraffe, and Andy pulled me away at just the right time because I was about to do something really stupid. I thank him, and then we start preparing for our jump down onto the island."


It's pretty safe to say Boris Vian was a better literary promoter than writer, and also, I assume, translator.
manfred
Feb 14, 2008 manfred rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ich war gespannt, nach so viel hype... boris vian - die kaputten berliner bohemians, die ich in den späten 90ern in kreuzberg kennenlernte waren alle riesenfans von ihm - tja, leider muss ich schreiben: dieses buch braucht nicht gelesen werden. es ist schlicht langweilig. vielleicht konnte in den 60ern noch ein bissl ein skandal damit befördert werden, aber heutzutage. vielleicht sollt ich noch ein anderes von ihm lesen...
Gregory Cleton
Apr 22, 2015 Gregory Cleton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'ai bien aimé le style de Boris Vian dans ce livre même si l'histoire est parfois un peu étrange ^^ Par contre j'ai détesté l'écume des jours malgré, il faut l'avouer, un certain talent de l'auteur pour ficeler une histoire comme ça !!

I liked this book, the story was a bit "weird" but it was interesting.
Jorge Pérez González
Apr 02, 2013 Jorge Pérez González rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo bicho viviente
Recommended to Jorge by: Artículo "Eugenesia" en Wikipedia
¡Hay que ver qué suerte tengo! Que se mueran los feos ha sido siempre mi himno particular. Había oído la expresión con anterioridad y no la asociaba ni remotamente a una novela, sino más bien a un dicho popular o algo por el estilo.
Un experimento interesante, a ver si algún día me seleccionan a mi también para un experimento parecido.
Eugenesia en clave de humor.
Жор
Sep 01, 2014 Жор rated it liked it
Доста шантава, със сигурност по-слаба от "Ще плюя върху вашите гробове", в "Ще избием всички грозници" насилието и скандалните елементи са наистина премерени (за съжаление). Затова пък е по-забавна и лека за четене, макар че при Виан прочитите (почти) винаги са леки, но осмислянето и темите винаги болезнени.
Stefanie Beghein
May 17, 2014 Stefanie Beghein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining and frivolous detective story starring a mad scientist on an island and an irresistibly attractive male virgin. Through the lightness of the story, Boris Vian questions the obsessive pursuit of physical perfection – 66 years after its first publication, Et on tuera tous les affreux is still highly actual (and enjoyable, especially for those who like Austin Powers).
Alessandro Margheriti
Psycho giallo pulp violenza e sangue sesso perdita della verginità velocità danza e musica sensualità uno scienziato pazzo e la sua fabbrica dei corpi e il culto della bellezza e carenze d'aspetto giochi di parole e quant'altro...questo è boris vian.
Caroline
Jun 16, 2013 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Je déteste le pudding à l'avoine; ma mère m'en faisait manger des kilos quand j'avait onze ans et j'étais obligé d'aller me chatouiller le gosier avec la queue du chat pour restituer à Dieu la part du pauvre."
David
Jul 01, 2014 David rated it really liked it
Boris Vian is bonkers. As far as entertaining his whimsy he is perhaps only slightly less committed than Raymond Roussel. Read it in one sitting, completely naked, sipping cognac, the glow of explosions from Arnie's Commando (1985) muted in the background to maximise the effect. Enjoy!
Jesús Camargo
Feb 23, 2015 Jesús Camargo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crítica a la utopía en perspectiva del canón de belleza contemporáneo, con tintes de comedia. Narrador protagonista que da sentido familiar a la historia que pareciera pasa demasiado rápido siendo navegada solo sobre la superficie.
Daniela
Dec 25, 2014 Daniela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy entretenida historia que nos narra la obsesión que existe actualmente por la perfección de la belleza del hombre. Hace una sátira de la concepción occidental de belleza y además una crítica al gobierno de Estados Unidos.
Bětka
Aug 25, 2012 Bětka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translate, cesky, 2012, moje
Moc hezká satirická parafráze na Hitlera. http://listarna.blogspot.cz/2012/08/j...
Omar
Jul 27, 2015 Omar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Como siempre una obra fantastica, aunque esta tiene el estilo clásico de Vian mezclado con su faceta de Novela Negra, divertido violento y surreal.
M-AY
Sep 25, 2010 M-AY rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books
Si Vian s'était contenté de rester sur sa ligne conductrice du début, plutôt que de relater une suite d'orgie sexuelle (pas tout à fait mais c'en est pas loin), le livre aurait été plus digeste.
Godix14
Jul 29, 2014 Godix14 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lo suficientemente loca,como para ser una novela muy entretenida.
Sin pretensiones y amena. Perfecta para verano
Giovani Bp
Apr 07, 2014 Giovani Bp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buenones
¿qué cosa acabo de leer? en el buen sentido xD
Que se mueran los feos es una cosa extraña y divertida, una locura, pero me ha gustado
jajaja y al parecer, los feos dominarán el mundo
Berk
Nov 18, 2014 Berk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Güzeldi. Vian kafa dengi bir adam. Kitabın bir noktasında Paranoid Android Marvin'le bile karşılaştım. SENİ SEVİYORUM VİAN. Beni tavladın Vian.
Francisco
Feb 15, 2007 Francisco rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novela
Primera novela de Boris Vian. Cruda, brutal, magistral. Tensa, alocada... Muy recomendable, aunque no llega al poder poético de otras de sus obras.
Balkiss Sltii
j'adore comme d'habitude le style de Boris Vian mais la trame m'a beaucoup déçue, ce côté Sullivan, je n'adhère pas
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Boris Vian was a French polymath: writer, poet, musician, singer, translator, critic, actor, inventor and engineer. He is best remembered for novels such as L’Écume des jours and L'Arrache-cœur (translated into English as Froth on the Daydream and Heartsnatcher, respectively). He is also known for highly controversial "criminal" fiction released under the pseudonym Vernon Sullivan and some of his ...more
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