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entrancing and hypnotic
am 24. März 1998
As many of the others Banks reviewers, this is my favorite Banks book.
This book overcomes the classical genre distinction between fantasy, science fiction and mainstream novels: it's the novel of a complete artist, transcending categories to write without the limits of the traditional forms, playing with them all in a delicate fugue.
It mingles themes from Kafka and Freud (who makes a guest star apparition as Dr Joyce), with Banks own obsessions (war, Scotland, 19th century steel architecture), plays with the greek and middle-age mythology in a very modern way, with a funny link to the Culture.
I've been twice in Scotland: the spirit of this land is so well captured (I happen to live in Paris, where the heroin flies away: I can't understand her) !
The postmodern love story is also excellent. It moved me deeply.
A very absorbing book: like another reader, I keep an excellent memory of the period I read it, just because I read it at that time.