- Publisher: Little, Brown (June 20, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408703947
- ISBN-13: 978-1408703946
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,882,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kit lives with his father, Guy, a 40-something man, who is dying of cancer. Kit does not know who his mother is, yet hopes to find out before it's too late. The two live in old house on the edge of a "quarry", that is literally, falling-apart, and his dad has just weeks to live. As the story opens, Guy's friends are arriving for a final visit with their old college friend. Over lots of alcohol and drugs, the friends gather for a final visit with their dying friend. There is talk among them about the need to find an incriminating videotape that the guys had made years earlier, but the heavily drugged Guy has no idea what he did with the tape.
Honestly, I had a tough time with this short novel. First, there are so many characters who come to say goodbye to Guy, that it was tough to keep track of them. In my opinion, all of these so-called friends were annoying, shallow and had no real depth. Then there was Kit, who in my opinion, was the novel's redeeming light. I felt for Kit and his situation -- no mother in the picture, and a dying dad who has never shown him any real affection. For what could have been a very depressing story, Kit made the story funny at times as he navigates life and the people around him. It was hard not to feel sorry for Kit. It's a relatively short novel about living and dying and dealing with the hand you've been dealt.Read more ›
Knowing the author's personal circumstances while writing his last novel makes a difference to me. I believe this to be a personal statement of Mr. Banks about his life and how he feels about leaving it. I may be putting too much into the conversations in the book, how much is fiction, how much are real feelings? I sure don't know.
All his books are filled with a degree of dark humor and there is plenty here, the novel is not dreary or morbid, quite funny in spots, with pearls of wisdom thrown in along the way.
It is told from the point of view of the son of a dying man who says he himself is strange, but I don't find him extraordinarily so, he is like many teenage boys I knew. The father, who is dying of cancer, isn't really prominent in the novel except as a referral point. The majority of the book is filled with conversations between the son and the father's friends, his buddies (male and female) during college days who have come to visit for what may be the last time. The last pages of the novel the father's voice is heard above all else. There is also always mystery in Banks' works and a minor mystery or two is revealed at the end.
Would I recommend this to everyone? No.Read more ›
Kit is eighteen. He lives with his disagreeable father, Guy, in a dilapidated house on the edge of a quarry. Guy's cancer does nothing to improve his disposition. Kit doesn't know his mother. Guy has kept her identity a closely guarded secret, sometimes hinting it might be someone Kit knows, other times inventing improbable liaisons with women in distant places.
A group of friends from Guy's university days, fellow students of Film and Media Studies, have come to spend the weekend in his house, helping to empty it of clutter.Read more ›
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Emotionally stirring tale of a last weekend with Uni mates related by a son. Touching and heart felt with dashes of wit in a base of melancholy and miasma from modern society. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Robert Schretzman
Friends who lived together in a large old home near the quarry during their college days, have a yearly get-to-gather. Read morePublished 11 months ago by SOPHISTICATEDSALLY
I didn’t know who Iain Banks was until 2012, when I moved to Edinburgh, where a friend suggested I read The Wasp Factory. In 2013, I did and enjoyed it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Troy Parfitt
Always an interesting read, this is the one novel of his that it took me some time to get through. Sadly it felt like it was published too early, considering his impending, and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by J A OKEEFFE
This is basically Banks' version of The Big Chill: a group of college roommates meet up after many years to comment and reflect on their lives together and apart. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Glen Engel Cox
I don't know what I can say about this book other than recommending it to fans of Banks. If you like his literary work, you'll like this book. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Eric Elliott