The Wasp Factory

The Wasp Factory

Book - 1990
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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, 1990, 1984.
ISBN: 9780349101774
0349101779
Branch Call Number: BAN
Characteristics: 244 p.

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daisylourobson
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.

drone154 May 05, 2013

brutal and sly, a classic debut

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