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The Wasp Factory (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Iain Banks
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"I had been making the rounds of the Sacrifice Poles the day we heard my brother had escaped. I already knew something was going to happen; the Factory told me."

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


* 'A Gothic horror story of quite exceptional quality?macabre, bizarre and?quite impossible to put down' FINANCIAL TIMES * 'A mighty imagination has arrived on the scene' MAIL ON SUNDAY


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 941 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 194 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0684853159
  • Verlag: Abacus; Auflage: New Ed (4. September 2008)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0349101779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349101774
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Nicht aktiviert
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.2 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (50 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #47.518 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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4.0 von 5 Sternen You could fit an Alsatian in there! 21. Juli 2000
Banks is a literary master. His books are filled with incredible language, humor, suspense and detail. THE WASP FACTORY, narrated by teenaged Frank, is a surreal journey through the mind of a very disturbed boy in an even more disturbed family. Frank tells us of the gruesome measures he has taken to protect the island which he calls home. He also talks about the series of murders he has commmitted, his reserved, eccentric father, his friend, Jamie, the dwarf, and his revered but completely insane older brother Eric. It seems that Eric has escaped the hospital and is making his way back to the family home. We get glimpses into Eric's psyche through phone calls he periodically places to his younger brother.
I know that this novel originally met with a great deal of controversy. It actually seems rather tame in comparison to other slasher/gore novels. However, it is immensely disturbing to read as Frank gets closer and closer to discovering his true self just as Eric gets closer and closer to home. You'll find animal torture and killing in this one. The wasp factory itself is an amazing bit of literary creation; Banks is either warped or a genius (or a warped genius) to have invented this contraption! I liked reading this one. It is at times sad, unsettling, hilarious, numbing....a jumble of emotions to go along with the images and experiences of these characters. If you only know Banks for his science fiction, this is definitely worth checking out. If you haven't read Banks at all, stop depriving yourself of an incredibly talented author!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen No wonder this became so honoured a novel... 15. Juli 2000
Like many of his books, this is a like/hate. This time, I like it.
Why would anyone hate it? Simply, because it's too much for them. I have an aunt who read two of his books: this one and Complicity. She liked Complicity but although she started on The Wasp Factory, when the Rabbits made an appearance she decided, "alright. This book is gratuitously violent; I'm not reading it."
I wouldn't blame anyone if they had to suddenly give up on it for obvious reasons, but if you can read horror on this level it is a treat.
Why? My personal analysis: better and better. It starts off pretty shallow with the introduction to Frank, his dad and his mysterious brother. The revelations about people he killed add to the read and feel of the book. The violent scenes that follow and an oddly amusing part where Frank drinks too much get you hooked until the climax of the novel: a revelation of itself.
If you can take it, read it. You'll be glad you did.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A first novel, darkly glittering like faceted obsidian. 30. November 1999
Von Ein Kunde
I think Iain Banks is one of the best writers today. This book, his first, is a dark and horrifying tale about a young person growing up on the fringes of society, indeed, on the fringes of humanity. It makes me think of a solo Lord of the Flies. Not for the faint of heart or prissily moralistic this story has a plot twist that will leave you stunned and marveling at the end.
That this is a first work is amazing. There are successful authors who've written 50 books and never turned out anything this good. If you like this book, or if you like science fiction, you must read his first science fiction work - Consider Phlebas. I highly reccomend all of his work, having just finished 13 of his books (4 for the second time), and I can't wait to read the rest. Like an old time gold digger I feel that I have found a rich vein, and I'm going to keep at it.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Provocatively Disturbing Novel 1. Februar 2000
'The Wasp Factory' is the first book written by Iain Banks, it is also the first of his books I've read. This provocatively disturbing novel is a proper start both for an author to evince himself and for a reader to receive an impression of author's manner and views. The book includes elements of various literary genres. The history of lunatic family of Scotsmen, narrated by its demented teenager member, appears sometimes as a crime related by serial killer, sometimes as a horror with meticulous description of tortures, sometimes as a black comedy in depiction of weird family customs such as strange system of education, and sometimes as a mystery especially having in mind last chapters that dramatically change everything making a tormentor a victim. Excellent language, masterly construction of dialogues, profound insights in the psyche of his pathological heroes, sad and sagacious symbols (Wasp Factory as a distorted image of the world where every critter hastens to their death) reveal literary gift of the author. There is only one way to know which path in literature, what genre were chosen later on by Mr Banks - to read his other books.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "Frank'll get you!" 2. Dezember 2004
Von B. Kuehne
Frank, a 16yo adolescent, lives with his eccentric father on a small Scottish island, enacting daily rituals of animal sacrifice. He has also, unbeknown to anyone, already killed three children when he was younger and appears to suffer from an unnameable affliction. When his brother Eric escapes from a mental asylum and begins to make his way home, Frank knows that he is heading for some undoing, just not what kind.
'The Wasp Factory' is a book that polarises, one that is not easy to share; many find it gruesome and appallingly violent, and only those who follow Frank up to the last page will understand that the book's cruelty is not gratuitous but rather an enactment in which we may find catharsis as well as questions about our society and identity. In 'The Wasp Factory', Iain Banks once more subverts more than just a literary genre. If you have a penchant for the Gothic and macabre as well as rich language and dark humour, this is your book. If, on the other hand, you tend to be on the queasy side, you might prefer 'The Crow Road'.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Irgendwie strange aber durchaus lesenswert
Die Charactere sind ziemlich abgedreht, aber die Geschichte ist doch recht fesselnd. Allerdings gab es Momente in denen ich doch auf Grund der drastischen Schreibweise habe... Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 18 Monaten von R. K. veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book
The idea of the book is rather simple yet brilliant and in my humbly opinion it is/was quite to much over-interpreted, but it is entertaining as well as thought raising and not... Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 20 Monaten von Florian Hühnermann veröffentlicht
1.0 von 5 Sternen Madness is not a permanent basis for literary achievement
Once it's clear that the main character is mad, there's not much that can be remedied. We all know that the mad are not expected to behave rationally. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 22 Monaten von Husky 630 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen masterfully disturbing
I would recommend the book for its original plot, characters, and masterful style and timing.
The characters are odd but lovingly and well shaped, the story is a bit... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. August 2007 von Oliver Panzer
3.0 von 5 Sternen .
I found 'The Wasp Factory' enjoyable mainly for its ideas and certain aspects of its style. That is to say, I liked the Factory itself, I liked the sacrifice poles, and the... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 14. Juni 2000 von "777777"
4.0 von 5 Sternen Cool, calm and collected.
That's the only way i can describe the "hero" of this novel. He's a sadistic, hopless youth, with no possible future. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 18. Mai 2000 von Luke Wood
3.0 von 5 Sternen Disturbing and disturbing
I like Banks, but I don't see this as deserving of all the acclaim. It was interesting but not riveting, and I found the ending to be a little silly - unpredictable and odd yes,... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 11. April 2000 veröffentlicht
2.0 von 5 Sternen Rubbish? No, but not brilliant, either.
This book was recommended to me by a friend, who said he loved its wicked sense of humor. Named one of the best 100 novels of the last century by The Independent, "The Wasp... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 3. April 2000 von Adam P. Lounsbery
5.0 von 5 Sternen wow
All my friends are reading banks' science fiction and aren't aware of this, his first book. You'd never guess from this strange and violent book that this is the same guy that... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 21. Februar 2000 von Chris McKinstry
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