Espedair Street by Iain M. BanksEspedair Street by Iain M. Banks

Espedair Street

byIain M. Banks

Paperback | May 1, 1992

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Daniel Weir used to be a famous - not to say infamous - rock star. Maybe still is. At thirty-one he has been both a brilliant failure and a dull success. He's made a lot of mistakes that have paid off and a lot of smart moves he'll regret forever (however long that turns out to be). Daniel Weir has gone from rags to riches and back, and managed to hold onto them both, though not much else. His friends all seem to be dead, fed up with him or just disgusted - and who can blame them?

And now Daniel Weir is all alone. As he contemplates his life, Daniel realises he only has two problems: the past and the future. He knows how bad the past has been. But the future - well, the future is something else.
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.
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Title:Espedair StreetFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.75 × 5.05 × 0.93 inPublished:May 1, 1992Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0349102147

ISBN - 13:9780349102146

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Banks for us all I’ve always been impressed by Iain (M.) Banks range. Whether he’s writing about an hermaphroditic serial killer and his/her mechanical wasp oracle, a man in a coma living a second life on a vast hyperreal bridge of the mind, a bored gamer compelled by artificial intelligences to play the ultimate game on a distant planet, or a brilliant woman whose place in an omnipotent corporation takes her to a kingdom in the Himalayas, Banks always maintains his artistry and deliberate social relevance without compromising entertainment. Despite Banks’ excellence, however, his books tend to be too edgy for mainstream audiences. My biggest challenge has been finding the right work to pass on to my friends, to ease them into the mind of Banks, to prepare them for his more challenging works and the intellectual challenges that often lie in wait. That novel is Espedair Street. It isn’t just close to mainstream, it is mainstream. It tells the story of Daniel Weir, ex-bass player and musical genius behind the 70s’ supergroup Frozen Gold. Daniel, also known as Weird, is a bit depressed when the novel opens, depressed enough to consider suicide, and he relates his life story to us so that we understand why he’s feeling down but decided to hang around. He talks about missed opportunities, wild successes, the deaths of people he loved (which were marginally his fault), the people he let slip away, the talent he leaves fallow, sex, drugs and even some Rock and Roll. And when Weird’s told us everything he needs to tell us, after he’s made us love him without pity, he goes off and finds happiness. Yep, Iain Banks wrote a happy ending. He wrote a book that was made for the screen (and the fact that it hasn’t been adapted is criminal). He wrote a book whose primary purpose seems to be escape, although it still retains elements of Banks’ conscience and politics. He wrote a book that even the most genre-phobic reader would be thrilled to read. And it is proof positive that there is nothing that Iain Banks can’t write. What wouldn’t I give for a gram of his range. Aside -- (over the course of Espedair Street I couldn’t get this thought out of my head: Banks “Weird” tale is a Nick Horby novel without the smug cheek and slacker superiority. I wonder how Hornby fans would like Espedair Street. I’m betting they would.)
Date published: 2009-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Glimpses of a different type of life A songwriter who had risen to superstardom finally found out what is important in his life by giving up everything he owned. A lot of revelations in life and glimpses into a life under the limelight. In life, what is important and what is not? Let's think about it.
Date published: 2008-03-29

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Glittering pockets of wit...Banks is undoubtedly a natural-INDEPENDENT