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A Song of Stone (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Iain Banks
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Iain M. Banks paints a grim picture of a European nation after a bloody battle. Armed forces roam the lawless land where dark columns of smoke rise up from the surrounding farms and houses. For a young lord and lady, however, the trouble is only starting.

The couple are being kept captive in their home--a castle--by a sadistic female lieutenant from an outlaw band of guerillas. They are pawns in her dangerous game of desire, deceit, and death. The physical, sexual and political tensions that ensue catapult the narrative from war story to universal morality tale.


His satire is exquisitely poised, his storytelling gripping. INDEPENDENT Entertaining...comically inspired. GUARDIAN A phenomenon! WILLIAM GIBSON An apocalyptic masterpiece FINANCIAL TIMES


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1694 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 289 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0349139261
  • Verlag: Abacus; Auflage: New Ed (4. September 2008)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2.9 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (18 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #206.822 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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4.0 von 5 Sternen It is bleak. Really bleak. 28. Juli 2000
Von Ein Kunde
It seems that with every novel Mr.Banks produces, his stories become less and less acessible. A large, large part of "A Song of Stone" is left up to interpretation. This is not at all a bad thing, but it does mean that you'll want to read the book with someone, preferably aloud, so that the two of you can argue out the exact relationship of the main characters, debate the meaningfullness (or lack thereof) of their names, decide where exactly the story is set and then try to agree on the importance of some symbols and the intentional lack of meaning inherent in others.
The story itself is terribly self-absorbed and very much, in this manner, unlike anything else of Banks' that I've read. The narrator is a relic of old money and landed gentry slowly being divested of his belongings, home, history and happily snug little world. As it all shreds away, he becomes quite the dislikable character wallowing in his self-pity, pain and disenchantment, but his deconstruction is instructive. Banks demonstrates that nobly sallying forth with a stiff upper lip and the mantle of your history wrapped about your shoulders just doesn't work anymore. This point more than anything else is what defines the book as bleak. The violence, death and incest occur with the same languid remove and jaded inevitability as if the events were unfolding on TV. None of it is particularly horrifying, and that's the most horrifying aspect. Not many stories have morals anymore, and this one certainly doesn't. In fact, I was rooting for the deaths of certain characters by the end, and I do believe that this was the point Mr. Banks was trying to make.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Like Dark Chocolate 4. Mai 2003
Von B. Kuehne
A lot of people have criticised 'A Song of Stone' for its one-sided bleakness and seeming pointlessness. The novel is doubtlessly the least accessible of Iain Banks' books (maybe with the exception of 'The Bridge') and I understand it was also his first, even though it was published later than 'The Wasp Factory'. Nonetheless, and IMHO, it is his best.
'A Song of Stone' is a story about war, about fear, betrayal and complicity, and therefore it is not a 'beautiful' story; it is grim, brutal and pessimistic. It tells the tale of Abel and his wife, who, fleeing their aristocratic home in times of a nameless war, are taken and forced back to their castle by a marauding band of soldiers. As Abel's history and the soldiers' 'historilessness' as well as their mute sexualities collide, all their character traits are magnified and coarsened, and everything heads 'for some slight undoing'.
'A Song of Stone' is not Banks' best book because of its plot but because of its language; it is complex, philosophical and poetic, Abel's monologues creating an oppressive silence in the incessant roar of war.
If you want to get a taste of and for Iain Banks, you should read 'Complicity' or 'The Crow Road' - this, on the other hand, is just a perfect read.
"I've said my piece, refused to make it"
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Unsettling but not groundbreaking... 24. April 2000
Von Chris MB
It seems to be generally agreed upon that this is not one of Iain Banks' finest works. In Song of Stone, Banks has plucked some successful elements from previous works and placed them in a new novel. It's not, however, a retread of ideas but some of the imagery might be familiar to Banks fans. Normally, Banks could make something like this work, however the story that he developed in A Song of Stone is not all that gripping.
That being said, this is still a piece of Banks' fiction. I don't blindly praise favorite authors' works but there is something inherent in Banks' fiction that exists here as well. Banks is wonderful at making the reader uncomfortable. If for nothing else, this book is a perfect example of Banks' darkness and the quiet horror he can cause readers - something he has in common with J.G. Ballard.
My advice - read all the Banks stuff you can get your hands on. Some are better than others but all are worth a read.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Least impressive Banks' book I've read so far... 9. Februar 1999
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While Ian Banks is one of the most interesting writers I've come across in the last few years, unfortunately "A Song of Stone" is one of the least engaging novels I've ever finished. Muted, yet overwrought, this tale of dissolution is less shocking than turgid. The extended and tedious stretches of "purple prose" in this disappointing book, which were apparently consciously intended to embody the self-absorbed and effete mental state of the protagonist and narrator, did little but lose my flagging interest repeatedly. Coyly lurid, and basically quite unsatisfying, this dim variation on an apocalyptic, Road Warrior-ish theme goes nowhere and then dies...Read anything else by Banks before or instead of "A Song of Stone". Though I do rather enthusiastically recommend Banks as an author, I can't in good conscience give thumbs up to this book.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Strangely Unsatisfying 11. Januar 1999
Von Ein Kunde
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As a long-time fan of Iain Banks' novels (particularly The Wasp Factory, The Crow Road, and Espedair Street), I was left with mixed feelings about A Song of Stone. While it is very well written, and was an easy and quick read, it ultimately seemed, to me, to have little real point. Unlike some of the other reviewers I didn`t find this book all that shocking or gruesome but sort of by the numbers in its hinting at the horribleness of his postapocalyptic future. I never really felt the horror that I think he wanted us to feel. Ultimately, I was left with a feeling about the banality of Banks' vision. Still, the totally self-absorbed and cynical narrator was, for the most part, a successful creation--the best part of the novel.
A Song of Stone is worth reading, but ultimately seemed to have a void at is centre.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Iain's worst by far, I think...
Iain went too far with this book. If you read this, it's good at first (especially with the Lt.'s introduction killing Half-Caste) but when you keep going it gets horribly... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 15. Juli 2000 von "puffinstuf"
5.0 von 5 Sternen A beautifully tragic tale.
It's been a while since I've read a book that made me feel the story, not visualize them. Wine was tasted, not drank. Coldness of rain drops was felt, not seen. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 8. Februar 2000 von Jim Beam
4.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant as ever
As always, Banks is brilliant with words and spins a yarn that gets you tangled quickly and permanently. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 2. Februar 2000 von Martin Samuelsson
4.0 von 5 Sternen Depressing but great!
I love Iain Banks' works. However, this time he may have gone too far on the level of depression and depravity the book reaches? Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 4. Januar 2000 von Adrian Johnson
1.0 von 5 Sternen Turgid and overwrought
Doomed by turgid and overwrought prose, this story dies unborn. Banks seems more intrigued by his ability to present the reader with both decadent and debauched imagery than with... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 20. Mai 1999 veröffentlicht
3.0 von 5 Sternen Not one of his best.
Banks is Scottish not English, as one of the above reviews states. Only read this book if you've read every other Banks novel and are can't do without his books.
Am 6. November 1998 veröffentlicht
3.0 von 5 Sternen Banks' most screwed-up book since "Walking on Glass"
As well-written as ever -- and a stark contrast with the relative lightheartedness of Banks' latest SF volume, "Inversions". Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 23. September 1998 veröffentlicht
2.0 von 5 Sternen An author on auto-pilot
I am wary of spending time on any of Ian (M) Banks's recent works. He always tries hard to experiment with new ideas and forms. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 15. September 1998 veröffentlicht
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