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The Wasp Factory | Paperback

Released on 01 April 1992

Author: Iain Banks | Format: Paperback

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Frank, no ordinary sixteen-year-old, lives with his father outsIde a remote Scottish village. Their life is, to say the least, unconventional. Frank's mother abandoned them years ago: his elder brother Eric is confined to a psychiatric hospital; and his father measures out his eccentricities on an imperial scale. Frank has turned to strange acts of violence to vent his frustrations. In the bizarre daily rituals there is some solace. But when news comes of Eric's escape from the hospital Frank has to prepare the ground for his brother's inevitable return - an event that explodes the mysteries of the past and changes Frank utterly. Iain Banks' celebrated first novel is a work of extraordinary originality, imagination and horrifying compulsion: horrifying, because it enters a mind whose realities are not our own, whose values of life and death are alien to our society; and compulsive, because the humour and compassion of that mind reach out to us all.

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 Different to anything i've read before - really good

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An odd experience when reading this book - it isn't particularly about anything, not a great amount happens, it isnt absolutely fantastic, yet i couldn't stop reading it! It was so different to anything i had come across before i was compelled to keep turning the page.

One thing Iain Banks does brilliantly is describe the scene to you, every time i could almost feel myself standing in the shoes of the character, such were the beautiful images cast upon you.

One thing that should be made clear is that the book isnt for those easily offended or squeamish, the graphic depictions of some things in it can get to you - again credit is due to the author for this.

As i commented before the book is very different to anything i have seen or read before, i could almost call it odd or weird, which i suppose it is, but in a way i liked it, with the subject matter and story line being way off from the usual books i would read.

All in all i would recommend this book to anyone who has an open mind and enjoys new reading experiences.

Not quite sure why still, but i thoroughly enjoyed it!

 Creepy and unsettling - excellent horror

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This is a truely witty peice of writting, it will make you laugh at the unconventional.


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My first Iain Banks novel, but definitely not my last! The storyline and the characters are odd, but this just makes the book more enthralling. Once I picked it up I couldn't put it down as I was eager to see how it all turned out, resulting in a couple of nights with very little sleep as I couldn't stop turning the pages! It is well written and the descriptions are so clear you feel like you are there. If you are considering buying this book- just do it, it's well worth it.


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This book is one of the best I've ever read. It's about a young man, Frank who lives on an isolated island with his father. Frank murdered three people when he was younger and his life is complex and quite unusual to say the least. The plot has twists and turns and a huge surprise at the end! If you like darker stuff with gothic and murder themes, then definitely check this out. I really loved it and would recommend it to all.

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AuthorIain Banks
PublisherLittle, Brown Book Group (United Kingdom)
FormatPaperback - 256 Pages