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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
Not sure how the Wasp Factory received such praise...This was one of our book club selections and we all agreed very disturbing without a plot.
I would not recommend to anyone
Extraordinailt creepy novel that may be about an autistic killer but may not be; highly engrossing.Published 28 days ago by T. G. Gutheil
Sort of predictable, but imaginative enough to distract me from real life, which is the point of any fiction. Didn't quite suspend disbelief, however.Published 1 month ago by Grasshopper
I absolutely hated this book. Not for its writing or anything like that; Iain Banks was producing quality fiction decades ago, and The Wasp Factory does a bang-up job establishing... Read morePublished 1 month ago by MNJohnson
I don't agree that this is one of the top ten novels of the century. I read if because of that statement, but certainly would not recommend it to anyone. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rae E. Potter
For some reason, I couldn't put it down. Some scenes dragged on because they described setting in too much detail. Read morePublished 1 month ago by L. M. Sage