The Wasp Factory

The Wasp Factory

Book - 2009
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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.
Publisher: London : Abacus, 2009, c1984.
ISBN: 9780349101774
Characteristics: xi, 244 p. ;,20 cm.


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Jan 12, 2018

It was really dark, which I expected but somehow I missed the 'horror' warnings on it. There were parts that made me feel quite disturbed. It is a gripping and brilliant book - the way Banks writes he makes you feel so complicit with his twisted characters. But definite *warning* that it's not for the faint-hearted.

Dec 22, 2015

Ian Banks first and considered one of the top 100 Novels of all time... Intense, insane. Difficult read at times, thought provoking.

Sep 28, 2015

Disturbing in a grotesque sense. Brings to focus mental illness in various degrees as displayed by the major characters of the story. A short, but heavy read.

Jul 12, 2014

Wow! This book will not be for everyone, topic-wise.
It reminds me of 'The Lord of the Flies', though far better..
I felt sorry for Frank, especially at the end of the book and
the plot twist at the end was completely out of the blue.
A fast read as well.

drone154 May 05, 2013

brutal and sly, a classic debut

Jan 08, 2012

Wow, this was an interesting read. I can understand the controversy when it was first released back in 1984. It certainly pushes the reader's limits, making you question where the line should be between sanity and insanity. I think the book is definitely à propos in this day in age as mental illness becomes much more talked about. I would say that there is much more than you everyday mental illness that plagues this family, they lean towards criminally insane. From the cousin who has lost his leg and a friend to a game of chicken, to the brother who burns dogs, to the father who has carried out a heinous experiment on his daughter, to Frank himself as a child who has killed three other children in his extended family. The way all of this is revealed keeps the reader's attention, and it all comes to a climactic head, but then the book fizzles out. You don't know what is going to happen to any of them, especially Frank now that he has discovered the truth about himself. I'll have to test out another of Banks' books to get a better understanding of this writer.

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