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Those lines begin one of the most infamous of contemporary Scottish novels. The narrator, Frank Cauldhame, is a weird teenager who lives on a tiny island connected to mainland Scotland by a bridge. He maintains grisly Sacrifice Poles to serve as his early warning system and deterrent against anyone who might invade his territory.
Few novelists have ever burst onto the literary scene with as much controversy as Iain Banks in 1984. The Wasp Factory was reviled by many reviewers on account of its violence and sadism, but applauded by others as a new and Scottish voice--that is, a departure from the English literary tradition. The controversy is a bit puzzling in retrospect, because there is little to object to in this novel, if you're familiar with genre horror.
The Wasp Factory is distinguished by an authentically felt and deftly written first-person style, delicious dark humor, a sense of the surreal, and a serious examination of the psyche of a childhood psychopath. Most readers will find that they sympathize with and even like Frank, despite his three murders (each of which is hilarious in an Edward Gorey fashion). It's a classic of contemporary horror. --Fiona Webster
I read the whole thing for that?
I do not want to give a spoiler but I pretty well had the big twist in my head in one form or another pretty well from the beginning. Read more
This is, by far, on of my favorite novels. Everything from the first person narrative to the impeccably crafted plot twist made this novel engaging and successful. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Molly
havent read it yet but it came quickley and is a great addition to my colection.Published 20 days ago by Yasmine finney
REALLY DISTURBING hard to read. But that's why I got it. It's a brutal book. Very dark very gritty.Published 21 days ago by Ty
Boy what can I say here. Iain M Banks is one of my favorite authors of all time. But this thing...this is pure trash. I have no idea what "it's point" is supposed to be. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Stuart Humidor
I was interested in the inside thoughts of a psychotic personality so the text - while shocking- was interesting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Very different from his scifi work. Dark, sometimes surreal, and definitely bent. I don't want to be a spoiler, so I will only say Iain kept my attention throughout.Published 1 month ago by Scooterboy