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The Wasp Factory Meet Frank Cauldhame Just sixteen and unconventional to say the least Two years after I killed Blyth I murdered my young brother Paul for quite different and fundamental reasons than I d disposed of

  • Title: The Wasp Factory
  • Author: Iain Banks
  • ISBN: 9780684853154
  • Page: 105
  • Format: Paperback
  • Meet Frank Cauldhame Just sixteen, and unconventional to say the least Two years after I killed Blyth I murdered my young brother Paul, for quite different and fundamental reasons than I d disposed of Blyth, and then a year after that I did for my young cousin Esmerelda, or less on a whim.That s my score to date Three I haven t killed anybody for years, and doMeet Frank Cauldhame Just sixteen, and unconventional to say the least Two years after I killed Blyth I murdered my young brother Paul, for quite different and fundamental reasons than I d disposed of Blyth, and then a year after that I did for my young cousin Esmerelda, or less on a whim.That s my score to date Three I haven t killed anybody for years, and don t intend to ever again.It was just a stage I was going through.

    The Wasp Factory The Wasp Factory is the first novel by Scottish writer Iain Banks, published in Before the publication of The Wasp Factory, Banks had written several science fiction novels that had not been accepted for publication. The WASP FACTORY A NOVEL 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. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks, Paperback Barnes Noble The polarizing literary debut by Scottish author Ian Banks, The Wasp Factory is the bizarre, imaginative, disturbing, and darkly comic look into the mind of a child psychopath. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks The Wasp Factory had been on my radar for quite some time, a highly recommended novel from a celebrated writer that I just never seemed to get started on, always jockeying for position in my mile high TBR pile I m often told it s a sure horse to bet on, so I finally made a point of reading it, and my expectations were high. The Wasp Factory Book by Iain Banks Official Publisher The polarizing literary debut by Scottish author Ian Banks, The Wasp Factoryis the bizarre, imaginative, disturbing, and darkly comic look into the mind of a child psychopath. The Wasp Factory Audible Audio Edition Iain When I had finished reading the Wasp Factory, I was trying to figure out what was the whole point of this Then it dawned on me that this story is really in line with where our culture is You ve got people forcing you to think and act a certain way a la the dad then with the inner conflict of how you re biologically suppose to be a la Frank. THE WASP FACTORY Kirkus Reviews Aug , THE WASP FACTORY by Iain M Banks RELEASE DATE Aug , Through much of this impressive first novel, almost up until the awkward and misguided finale, young Scottish writer Banks achieves that fine British balance between horrific content on the one hand and matter of fact comic delivery on the other. The Wasp Factory Study Guide Literature Guide LitCharts The Wasp Factory Theme Wheel An interactive data visualization of The Wasp Factory s plot and themes Brief Biography of Iain Banks Iain Banks was born in The Wasp Factory explanation Books The Guardian Jun , The Wasp Factory itself, we eventually find out, is an elaborately constructed mechanism Fashioned from a giant clock face that Frank has discovered on the The Wasp Factory Themes GradeSaver The Wasp Factory Themes These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community We are thankful for their contributions and encourage you to make your own Written by people who wish to remain anonymous

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    1. Iain Banks

      This author also published science fiction under the pseudonym Iain M Banks.Banks s father was an officer in the Admiralty and his mother was once a professional ice skater Iain Banks was educated at the University of Stirling where he studied English Literature, Philosophy and Psychology He moved to London and lived in the south of England until 1988 when he returned to Scotland, living in Edinburgh and then Fife.Banks met his wife Annie in London, before the release of his first book They married in Hawaii in 1982 However, he announced in early 2007 that, after 25 years together, they had separated He lived most recently in North Queensferry, a town on the north side of the Firth of Forth near the Forth Bridge and the Forth Road Bridge.As with his friend Ken MacLeod another Scottish writer of technical and social science fiction a strong awareness of left wing history shows in his writings The argument that an economy of abundance renders anarchy and adhocracy viable or even inevitable attracts many as an interesting potential experiment, were it ever to become testable He was a signatory to the Declaration of Calton Hill, which calls for Scottish independence.In late 2004, Banks was a prominent member of a group of British politicians and media figures who campaigned to have Prime Minister Tony Blair impeached following the 2003 invasion of Iraq In protest he cut up his passport and posted it to 10 Downing Street In an interview in Socialist Review he claimed he did this after he abandoned the idea of crashing my Land Rover through the gates of Fife dockyard, after spotting the guys armed with machine guns He related his concerns about the invasion of Iraq in his book Raw Spirit, and the principal protagonist Alban McGill in the novel The Steep Approach to Garbadale confronts another character with arguments in a similar vein.Interviewed on Mark Lawson s BBC Four series, first broadcast in the UK on 14 November 2006, Banks explained why his novels are published under two different names His parents wished to name him Iain Menzies Banks but his father made a mistake when registering the birth and he was officially registered as Iain Banks Despite this he continued to use his unofficial middle name and it was as Iain M Banks that he submitted The Wasp Factory for publication However, his editor asked if he would mind dropping the M as it appeared too fussy The editor was also concerned about possible confusion with Rosie M Banks, a minor character in some of P.G Wodehouse s Jeeves novels who is a romantic novelist After his first three mainstream novels his publishers agreed to publish his first SF novel, Consider Phlebas To distinguish between the mainstream and SF novels, Banks suggested the return of the M , although at one stage he considered John B Macallan as his SF pseudonym, the name deriving from his favourite whiskies Johnnie Walker Black Label and The Macallan single malt.His latest book was a science fiction SF novel in the Culture series, called The Hydrogen Sonata, published in 2012.Author Iain M Banks revealed in April 2013 that he had late stage cancer He died the following June.The Scottish writer posted a message on his official website saying his next novel The Quarry, due to be published later this year , would be his last The Quarry was published in June 2013.

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    1. a gentle coming of age tale set in rustic scotland, depicting the charming misadventures of a precocious lad and his idiosyncratic older brother as they struggle to understand themselves and each otheris is some hard stuff, and by hard i mean Hard Like the Marquis de Sade Is Hard do not read this if you cannot stomach depictions of animal torture do not read this if you cannot stomach the murder of children this one was hard for me to read at times, and i read some pretty terrible things.but thi [...]


    2. Of course, I know how small a piece of land my island is I m not a fool I know the size of the planet and just how minuscule is that part of it I know I ve watched too much television and seen too many nature and travel programmes not to appreciate how limited my own knowledge is in terms of first hand experience of other places but I don t want to go farther afield, I don t need to travel or see foreign climes or know different people I know who I am and I know my limitation I restrict my horiz [...]


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    4. Now we all know that dating a fictional psychopath or a sociopath can be a lot of fun While it is true that these individuals rarely make viable candidates for a long term commitment, short term relationships have been shown to have some real upside For example, dating a psychopath can be a breath of fresh, adventurous air following the end of a stale, boring and unsatisfying relationship as they are much uninhibited and willing to experiment than the typical person In addition, a psychopath or [...]


    5. Rating 4.95 of fiveThe Publisher Says Frank no ordinary sixteen year old lives with his father outside a remote Scottish village Their life is, to say the least, unconventional Frank s mother abandoned them years ago his elder brother Eric is confined to a psychiatric hospital his father measures out his eccentricities on an imperial scale Frank has turned to strange acts of violence to vent his frustrations In the bizarre daily rituals there is some solace But when news comes of Eric s escape f [...]


    6. What are you reading Ehum, a book I bought at Gatwick airport last week Do you like it No What is it about Psychopaths talking about the microscopic details of their murderous actions, explaining them away with even worse psychopathic deeds that they fell victim to, watered down to banal cause and effect psychology What Who would read that kind of book Sounds hard Well, on the pro side, the language is simplistic, the plot is absurd, and it is short, so I think it caters to young adults with a s [...]


    7. Huh, what Oh no tell him I m out It s the guy who rang last week no, I don t want to speak to him, no HI IAIN Great to hear from you Yeah, yeah How s it hanging Yeah So What can we do you for today Well yes, you told me that last week You ve written a novel, great Oh yes, ha ha, that s what we do here, we publish books Yes but you know, first novels are not that easy to sell You have to have an angle What s that You ve got an angle Great Great Listen, er oh what Your hero does what He sacrifices [...]


    8. 3 I completely get if you rated it 1, 2, 3, 4 or even 5 stars For the first time ever in the history of my reading life I would understand completely any rating for this book I thought long and hard and for me it was a strong three star that could have been a four star but wasn t for a number of factors First of all the writing is terrific Vivid and robust and hyper masculine prose with dialogue and thought patterns that zing and sing I was able to see in my mind s eye what was occurring in the [...]


    9. Ooooh, shock me with killing things and not caring Yes, I get it, the main character is nuts Ok, the main character does horrible things Sure, beat me over the head with this same set of ideas for another 190 pages I m sure it will be worth it in the end, right I read the news every day so I was not the least bit surprised anyone could think like this The weak plot just pissed me off without enlightening me with a new perspective on the issue or entertaining me The thing that did shock me was th [...]


    10. This is one of the most bizarre books I have ever read yet so very captivating.The book is told from the perspective of 16yo Frank who is a member of an extremely dysfunctional family living on the outskirts of a remote Scottish village His brother Eric is in a psych hospital, his Father is just plain weird and his Mother left when he was very young.The story is somewhat confusing to begin with You are told things about the people and the town and the area as though you already know the history [...]


    11. I sat on the terrace and looked down the valley to the backdrop of the Pic d Anie in the Pyrenean mountain range As I read the last sentence of The Wasp Factory, I closed my Kindle and smiled and thought about this extraordinary book If I hadn t seen Richard s excellent review the other day, I wouldn t have purchased it in a million years But strangely enough I could get the feeling that I would enjoy this book purely from the title Something drummed in my brain that I had to read this.This is n [...]


    12. What if what if Holden Caulfield was born on a remote Scottish Island into a disfunctional family, with a former anarchist for a father and a flower power mother who ran away soon after he was born Banks envisioned his angsty teenager character as a sort of alien living on a deserted planet, a translation of one of his science fiction ideas The object of the study is sanity and ethics when the individual is removed from the ordinary social interactions most of us take for granted.I was never reg [...]


    13. I finally got around to a book that is considered a modern classic by many Trust me, my 3 star rating was a surprise to even myself The Wasp Factory had been on my radar for quite some time, a highly recommended novel from a celebrated writer that I just never seemed to get started on, always jockeying for position in my mile high TBR pile I m often told it s a sure horse to bet on, so I finally made a point of reading it, and my expectations were high By the end of the book those expectations w [...]



    14. What a story this was Very competently written There were moments where it felt like my heart was going to beat out of my chest, it was so unnerving, and others where it was surprisingly funny for something so macabre.


    15. I ve read this too many times to give a straight up reaction review, and I feel like any significant writing I might attempt on this book would necessarily become an essay It s too late at night for that, so maybe next time Instead, here is what I was thinking this time through I love Frank I don t mean I love to hate him I mean I love to love him And I think it is one of the greatest achievements of Iain Banks career that he makes me love Frank I empathize with him as he maintains his Sacrifice [...]



    16. 2.5 stars rounded down and explained.I hate hiding reviews, but I cannot discuss what ruined this book for me without spoiling it So, if you ve read the book, clickety click that spoiler tag Go on I dare ya view spoiler Let s get this out of the way right off the bat Maggots do not eat healthy tissue They eat dead and rotting flesh Any medical professional knows this This has been common knowledge since the fucking dark ages, along with using leeches to reduce swelling Just because you think the [...]


    17. Question Are violence and cruelty innate to human nature or is man inherently civilised This is the question posed by that most controversial and loved hated novel, The Lord of the Flies The same question is posed in this book too However, whereas the canvas was a huge one there, in The Wasp Factory, the reader is viewing things under a microscope Rather like watching bugs.From chapter one onwards, Iain Banks invites us into the head of Frank Cauldhame, who is one seriously disturbed teenager He [...]


    18. This is the second book I ve read that belongs to gothic genre The first one was Horace Walpole s The Castle of Otranto , a 1764 first published novel that actually started it Castle is about mysterious happenings in an old English castle that lead to mistaken identities making the characters killing one another only to find out that they should not Fast forward to 1984, 220 years after, came The Wasp Factory that tells the story of a family living in a Scottish island There is still a flurry of [...]


    19. Dark Deceptive Dysfunctional Disgusting Devious.I wanted to read this for so long but the chances of me reading this increased when I saw this in 1001 books to read before you die I was warned beforehand that this could be yucky at times but would be rewarding if I stick to the end Since this is a real shorty at 192 pages, I just couldn t DNF it After really hating the protagonist for first 30% of the book, I suddenly started to like him I still can t put my finger on what changed but we managed [...]


    20. I said I was going to listen to it the next time I read it and here I go Later.An intelligent man I know is also an incorrigible literary snob who believes that the last author of any true literary merit was Faulkner, and that anything that has come since must be poor by definition himself excluded, though I suspect I am not He reads recent texts because he must for school or pedagogical purposes , and his feelings about them are predominantly negative.So he read the Wasp Factory at my behest w [...]


    21. WHAATTT Never read anything like it A very dark, macabre, insane, unsettling and disturbing book How do you rate something like this It certainly can t be described as enjoyable Then why couldn t I put the damn thing down Why did I allow myself to be drawn in to the violence, even as I m trying to imagine what could possibly drive someone to do such sick things If I said I thought this book was simply outstanding, what does that say about me Ah, damn it enough with the questions I m going to rat [...]


    22. The Wasp Factory is incredibly disturbing even for a horror thriller novel I didn t think it was a very original book but I still liked it and found it interesting.


    23. Two years after I killed Blyth, I murdered my young brother Paul, for quite different and fundamental reasons than I d disposed of Blyth, and then a year after that I did for my young cousin Esmerelda, or less on a whim That s my score to date Three I haven t killed anybody for years, and don t intend to ever again It was just a stage that I was going through A glimpse into the mind of this books lead character Frank, a 16 year old, who lives with his father on the outskirts of a small island [...]


    24. Holy Shit American Psycho meets Lord of the flies with a little bit of Countryfile thrown in It took me one commute to read this book and it may be telling of my own psyche that I didn t actually consider Frank to be that crazy Eric the dog burner was blatantly bat shit crazy but Frank, despite his slightly odd proclivities relating to the collection of animal heads on sticks and wasps in future telling mazes appeared to be eccentric at best Ok he did have a fairly alarming body count under his [...]


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    26. I thought this book was wonderful and it s definitely in my top 10 of favourite books.A story about mental illness and how it affects a family The main character and narrator Frank is very likable despite his strange and homicidal tendencies It s written in a lovely style that makes it a pleasure to read It s a story about childhood, family, nurture versus nature, secrets, violence, murder, mental illness, adaptability, being different thriving despite it all There are unexpected plot twists whi [...]


    27. Six thoughts on The Wasp Factory 1 Yes, The Wasp Factory has a lot of disturbing images of a psychotic youth committing violence on people and animals.2 Yes, it s worth it Everything has a reason, a purpose The book is full of physical and emotional violence, but it s decidedly not gratuitous.3 Iain Banks is once again inside my head, but this time it disturbs me rather deeply I m mildly OCD A good tax lawyer has to be OCD to some extent I say mildly because my OCD doesn t interfere with my dail [...]


    28. Disconcerting having Frank tell of things in such a matteroffact way Glad this was not an evening encounter, and should I now be scared ofa the Scotland in general b folk from Dunfermine in particular hahaThat ending Could have done without that twist.3 The Wasp Factory1 The Steep Approach to Garbadale2 StonemouthAs Iain M banks 4 Look to Winward3 The State of Art4 The AlgebraistTR Matter


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