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The Wasp Factory

by Iain M. Banks

March 19, 2009 | Trade Paperback

The Wasp Factory is rated 4.625 out of 5 by 8.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 7.76 × 4.92 × 0.67 in

Published: March 19, 2009

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0349101779

ISBN - 13: 9780349101774

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impossible to put down While working at a Chapters I had to shelve this book and ended up reading the back. I found it intriguing and couldn't get it out of my head, so I decided to buy it. No regrets here. I read it over the past couple of days, not wanting to stop reading. On the back of the book, the main character says he murders 3 people and in my case, there was the desire to know why. The brilliance of the storytelling is that, the main character gives you the information you are dying for in instalments making it impossible to put down. I highly recommend this book if you are at all interested in abnormal psychology but heed this warning: there is a recounting of an incident that occurs to the protagonist's brother that is not for the weak of stomach.
Date published: 2009-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Violent This was the first book I read of Iain Banks, whom I later on became a big fan of. Despite that fact that the Wasp Factory is one representation of classic Banks, I did not enjoy it as much. The glimpse of a sick mind - the central character Francis, who revealed to be a "sex-changed" victim committing all the murders and brutality for a non-existent reason of revenge. If there's such a thing as giving violence a bad name...
Date published: 2008-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Twisted .... but beautiful. The only reason I even picked up this book is that it comes recommended by Maynard James Keenan, and believe me (if you will) you won't be disappointed. Especially not by the ending....
Date published: 2001-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Open but unique The discription of the thoughts that a really phycotic individual has is well distributed over the pages of this bloody work of literary art. This book gives you the strength to belive in youself in knowing that you are not in a contorted reality where no good exists. To kill & kill again with no regard for life must be but a living toture chamber for which there is no escape. Read and feel the pain of his life. 100% Enjoyable!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2000-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Serial Killer books written in first person work!! The Wasp Factory is an innovative an gruesome ride, with an eerie resemblance to Catcher in the Rye. I place this book somewhere between Catcher, and the story of Jeffrey Dahmer's childhood. (as Mr. Morris from Ottawa already stated.) How's that for an overview!!!! Just read the synopsis on the back cover, and if it interests you in any way, immediatley buy this book. If it doesn't, don't bother giving it a try......you won't like it.
Date published: 2000-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intense Suspenseful and mind-altering. Such seemingly innocent characters set in a remote location, caught up in horrid realities unparalleled by the most violent of modern day horror. Always on the edge, the twist at the end begs the thought of something more.
Date published: 2000-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For the morbidly fascinated.... A grisly, gruesome, gripping read. A fascinating insight into the minds of the mad!
Date published: 1999-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Wacky Read An intriguing work focusing on a particularly maladjusted youth in the bleak north of Scotland. It reads like the work Clive Barker might produce if he set aside his usual fantasy-horror concerns and wrote a first-person character study of an obsessive-schitzo Jeffrey Dahmer type. If this sounds at all interesting to you, check it out...
Date published: 1999-06-24

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The Wasp Factory

by Iain M. Banks

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 7.76 × 4.92 × 0.67 in

Published: March 19, 2009

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0349101779

ISBN - 13: 9780349101774

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Iain Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, THE WASP FACTORY, in 1984. He gained enormous popular and critical acclaim for both his mainstream and his science fiction novels. Iain Banks died in June 2013.

From Our Editors

Welcome to the disturbed world of Frank Cauldhame, a 16-year-old psychopath living on a Scottish island. Told in the first-person, this imaginative debut novel by Iain Banks gets inside the head of the teen serial killer as he recounts in grisly detail his three murders, among them his young brother Paul and young cousin Esmerelda. Chilling and grotesque, The Wasp Factory is an extraordinary novel.

Editorial Reviews

One of the most brilliant first novels I have come across.-DAILY TELEGRAPH