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The Wasp Factory PDF ´ The Wasp  ePUB ✓ 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 The Wasp Factory is a work of 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 compulsive, because the humour and compassion of that mind reach out to us all A novel of extraordinary originality, imagination and comic ferocity I admit it s a narrow demographic But if this is you, then I promise you re gonna love it. Of course, I know how small a piece of land my island is I m not a fool I know the size of the planet and just how minuscule is that part of it I know I ve watched too much television and seen too many nature and travel programmes not to appreciate how limited my own knowledge is in terms of first hand experience of other places but I don t want to go farther afield, I don t need to travel or see foreign climes or know different people I know who I am and I know my limitation I restrict m Of course, I know how small a piece of land my island is I m not a fool I know the size of the planet and just how minuscule is that part of it I know I ve watched too much television and seen too many nature and travel programmes not to appreciate how limited my own knowledge is in terms of first hand experience of other places but I don t want to go farther afield, I don t need to travel or see foreign climes or know different people I know who I am and I know my limitation I restrict my horizons for my own good reasons fear oh, yes, I admit it and a need for reassurance and safety in a world which just so happened to treat me very cruelly at an age before I had any real chance of affecting it Frank is sixteen years old and lives with his father on an island near a small village in Scotland His father is eccentric, but Frank is something quite different Before I go any further, I should mention that you should start thinking of Frank as quite mad You can even think of him as a psychopath sociopath or whatever term you like to use I prefer bat shit crazy It is not a technical term, but it tends to raise the proper red flags in people s minds I don t know how to put this in any kind of delicate fashion You might take a sip of your coffee or tea that you hopefully have at your elbow because you might feel a sudden dryness of the mouth.Frank has done something that most people never do in their lifetimes In fact, he has done it three times He has killed people Let me qualify that, he has killed children He has not killed them for the standard reasons, like he needed to keep them quiet because he abused them, or that he was jealous of them, or that he hated them passionately He didn t really need a reason Don t worry, you d probably be perfectly safe quaffing down a beer with Frank or hanging out and watching TV with him because in his own words It was just a stage I was going through Frank is king of his island He has put in his own defense perimeter against encroachment He wages war on rabbits and wasps He has created his own religion He has one friend, a dwarf named Jamie, who sits on his shoulders when he is drinking beer in the local pub He has an older brother, whom he misses and worries about I know this is going to come as a shock, but his brother is incarcerated with the mentally ill Yep, it runs in the family His father, in his hippy anarchist days, never registered Frank with the government, so he can t even prove he is alive If there were a crack in the earth, he d be in it If there were a hole in a tree, he d be in it If there were a place in anyone s heart for him, he d be in it If he keeps his world small enough, he becomes a God.This is Iain Banks first novel, and some refer to this as a minor masterpiece I m not sure about the designation of major or minor masterpiece when describing a novel A book is either a masterpiece or not Maybe it is a hedge because this is a fine piece of Gothic Horror Genre fiction always makes reviewers squirm a little bit when it comes to using such expansive language as masterpiece This novel creates an unease in the reader, but at the same time the writing compels you to go onward and forward until you hit the tangled web of the first twist only to extract yourself just in time to get gobsmacked by the second twist I purchased this book at Armchair Books in Edinburgh, Scotland The store was jammed to the rafters with books It was not surprising that they had a good shelf and a half of Iain Banks novels, as they should After all, he is Scottish born and bred My friend Tiffany McDaniel, who recently released her brilliantly, compelling first novel The Summer that Melted Everything, suggested that if I needed something to read while in Scotland to pick up The Wasp Factory She knows how much I love Poe and Stevenson and all those Gothic macabre elements of novels where nothing is quite as it seems and the reveals are like silent screams that curl my toes and put a shiver up my spine.Banks knows how to set the atmosphere of a novel The house was dark I stood looking at it in the darkness, just aware of its bulk in the feeble light of a broken moon, and I thought it looked even bigger than it really was, like a stone giant s head, a huge moonlit skull full of shapes and memories, staring out to sea and attached to a vast, powerful body buried in the rock and sand beneath, ready to shrug itself free and disinter itself on some unknowable command or cue.The house stared out to sea, out to the night, and I went into it Unfortunately, Iain Banks died too young at age 59, but his books will be read for generations and maybe this one will be read even longer than that If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at a gentle coming of age tale set in rustic scotland, depicting the charming misadventures of a precocious lad and his idiosyncratic older brother as they struggle to understand themselves and each other.this is some hard stuff, and by hard i mean Hard Like the Marquis de Sade Is Hard do not read this if you cannot stomach depictions of animal torture do not read this if you cannot stomach the murder of children this one was hard for me to read at times, and i read some pretty terrible things a gentle coming of age tale set in rustic scotland, depicting the charming misadventures of a precocious lad and his idiosyncratic older brother as they struggle to understand themselves and each other.this is some hard stuff, and by hard i mean Hard Like the Marquis de Sade Is Hard do not read this if you cannot stomach depictions of animal torture do not read this if you cannot stomach the murder of children this one was hard for me to read at times, and i read some pretty terrible things.but this is actually not a bleak book perhaps because of the narrator young Frank is a sadistic creature but his perspective is often self deprecatingly wry or amusingly pedantic he may be an affectless sociopath who channels his monstrous emotions into bizarre rituals and vicious traps, but hey he is also a sensitively wrought kid with many problems what makes the book such a unique affair is the tension between the horrors illustrated and the traditional vehicle in which they are expressed it is in many ways a kind of Young Adult novel, albeit one chock full of grotesquerie one in which the protagonist struggles to move beyond his outsider status, to connect with others, to understand his distant father and his, er, problematic older brother Frank s cruelties exist side by side with a cold blooded version of typical teenage angst, angst that is built around familial relations, gender, and simply finding a place in the world the ending resolves some truly dreadful plotlines in a truly dreadful manner, but also parallels the typically transformative Young Adult ending in which the hero comes to understand himself and so is able to move forward with his life clever, Banks, very clever the narrative is designed as a chinese box of layered and revolting mysteries, but it is also designed as asubtle trap for the unsuspecting reader look at you, you just found some sympathy for a remorseless little psycho the personal problems that he has to struggle with ARE pretty heavy for a kid to deal with, right and you felt a bit of happiness at his eventual self discovery, didn t you well, you should be ashamed, sicko the writing is clean, clear, precise and the tone is surprisingly upbeat the protagonist s thoughts have a quiet yearning and naivet to them that makes even his most horrific plans and rationalizations seem almost understated, almost innocent the deadpan humor also relieves some of the viciousness of the very dark activities portrayed the dissection of gender was fascinating and the use of the wasp factory itself moves beyond that of a torture maze, becoming a metaphor and a parallel for the fates of each of the characters overall, a disturbing but very enriching experience.this is a pretty unique book if you like it, you may want to search out jack vance s Bad Ronald, which is also dryly and ironically concerned with the deadly fantasy life of a youthful, psychotic outsider What are you reading Ehum, a book I bought at Gatwick airport last week Do you like it No What is it about Psychopaths talking about the microscopic details of their murderous actions, explaining them away with even worse psychopathic deeds that they fell victim to, watered down to banal cause and effect psychology What Who would read that kind of book Sounds hard Well, on the pro side, the language is simplistic, the plot is absurd, and it is short, so I think it caters to youn What are you reading Ehum, a book I bought at Gatwick airport last week Do you like it No What is it about Psychopaths talking about the microscopic details of their murderous actions, explaining them away with even worse psychopathic deeds that they fell victim to, watered down to banal cause and effect psychology What Who would read that kind of book Sounds hard Well, on the pro side, the language is simplistic, the plot is absurd, and it is short, so I think it caters to young adults with a short attention span and an obsession for violence in different drastic forms Well, we live in a violent world, that is reality Yes True I doubt we would see a father trying to change the gender of his child, though, and a murderer who proudly announces three completed murders before reaching adolescence, using bombs, snakes and kites to kill off even younger children in the family explaining it with hindsight at age seventeen as a phase he went through because of some very odd Freudian sexual issues and stereotypical misogyny Eh Yes, I know Why do you read that kind of trash Dunno Motives are bizarre sometimes Cheap and easy entertainment Fascination with vulgarity I was bored at the airport and paid for it People like violence, especially against women, children and animals They like to be confronted with bodily functions and exact descriptions of drunken vomit They like it in the way they like brutal computer games and stupid television shows It s not funny, though Isn t it Isn t it funny when a murderer stops to contemplate the fact that he might look a bit silly, like Mr Spock, when he is working on his sinister plans You sound sarcastic and angry I am Angry that I read this book The vulgarity of the world makes me angry We have abolished Ancient Roman gladiator games and Medieval public executions, only to find ourselves being completely absorbed by morbid stories, psychopaths and their victimization I am angry I ve had enough As I only review what I finish, though, I forced myself to read to the last page Fully aware that my review will be different from most others opinion on this novel, I have to voice my anger at the shallow violence voyeurism, exaggerated to the point of becoming bizarre satire without sense or meaning If you think it is funny to read about a child exploding, please consider this a roller coaster of the most hilarious kind.Recommended for those who would have enjoyed sitting in the Colosseum watching animals and humans tear each other apart for the entertainment of the bored SPQR Recommended for those who wouldn t have missed spitting in the face of a condemned witch before watching every detail of her skin burning while she s publicly suffering at the stake in the Middle Ages Recommended for whoever needs a bit of sexually motivated, absurd, unrealistic violence every page or two to keep reading Recommended for those who sit in front of brutal computer games and laugh out loud whenever the pressing of a button causes a virtual character to go BOOOOOM , body parts graphically flying over the whole screen Recommended for those who like violence for violence s sake, and who do not need or want any other raison d tre for so called literature.As for me, I ll make a check on my list of tried and failed to like another hailed mainstream author

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