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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 really didn't like this book for some reason. I can't point to one thing that really killed it for me, but the sum total of the parts was not something I would recommend. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Robert Yeager
I could not believe what a piece of garbage this was, and that I actually paid money to read it. The people that gave this good reviews, or said it was a horror classic must not... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Kathleen M. Newman
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 1 month ago by Molly
havent read it yet but it came quickley and is a great addition to my colection.Published 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Stuart Humidor