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4.0 von 5 Sternen You could fit an Alsatian in there!
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...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen intriguing but ultimately incoherent
This is an entertaining look into a pretty bent mind, with some nice vivid and bizarre imagery. What kept me reading, though, was not just the bentness or the imagery in itself, but the sense that Banks knew what he was doing, that it was all going to come together in the end and add up to something greater. It didn't. There's no particular insight at the end, no...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen You could fit an Alsatian in there!, 21. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Wasp Factory: A Novel (Taschenbuch)
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
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Wasp Factory: A Novel (Taschenbuch)
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
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Wasp Factory: A Novel (Taschenbuch)
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
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Wasp Factory: A Novel (Taschenbuch)
'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
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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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Never to be beaten., 31. Januar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Wasp Factory: A Novel (Taschenbuch)
Most people say that this is the best first novel by any author. That's true and it's also probably the best novel ever written in this genre bar none. It beats any of Stephen Kings books and puts all Clive Barker's books on the mediocre shelf.
If you've read 'American Psycho' and cringed at the descriptions of torture and insanity, then read 'The Wasp Factory' to see how it should have been written.
Perfect.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A thrilling masterpiece, 10. Juli 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Wasp Factory: A Novel (Taschenbuch)
An outstanding case of juvenile delinquency in the tradition of A Clockwork Orange, that's what IAIN BANKS' The Wasp Factory reveals at first sight - but there's more about it... Three absolutely dreadful and malicious murders on relatives of his child-age are Frank Cauldenhame's score when he decides to stop killing for good. Never having been convicted nor charged he lives in seclusion together with his weird father who keeps a threatening and simultaniously provocing secret locked up in his study. Frank grows up without legal identity and some years later he's built up a world of his own, perceiving the outer world almost exclusively per TV. He plays brutal war-games against the creatures in his realm and celebrates obscure services in the loft of his father's house. This secret place - unaccessible for his half-lame father - contains the Wasp factory, an oracle and a diabolic death-machine for insects. Step by step Frank recounts the story of his life which centers round an early acquired handicap he's been learning to accept as "cruel fate". It appears only logical that he's been developing cynical and creature-detesting attitudes since then and that he comes to adhere a conception of the world which sees a "survival of the nastiest". His brother Eric, a victim of 'female squeamishness', fits the scheme. Migraine-suffering Eric had been failing as a student of medicine during an 'unfortunate experience' and went mad. Now, after having escaped the asylum he's heading back home for a showdown, a raving lunatic, leaving traces of burning dogs and mistreated children. The whole novel teems with crippled characters, animal atrocities and a catalogue of detailed and disgustingly macabre arranged deaths . But the creature-torturing bomber and arsonist Frank and his mentally deranged brother Eric eventually turn out to be the victim of another psychotic having performed an outrageous and perfidious experiment on them... IAIN BANKS' novel is a a rather economically constructed masterpiece of horror, a brilliant and dilligently organised work of literary craftmanship in a quite conventional style. Critics who've been suspecting him of paying cheap tribute to some sort of postmodernism by satisfying a sensation-yearning reader with extreme sadism obviously have been misunderstood the story's genuine plot. IAIN BANKS is not indulging in morbid moods for sheer shocking's sake. On the contrary - the characters' development and the exciting progress eventually culminate in an inevitable clash with reality that provides a glimpse of empathy and hope. Last not least the story presents an act of liberation and emancipation in best literary tradition - but anyway, you don't have to like it...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Dark nature versus perverse nurture, 5. November 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Wasp Factory: A Novel (Taschenbuch)
This novel shook me up several times. So much is related in a matter-of-fact style and I was caught, unable to "look away" from these scenes of disturbing violence. Told by the narrator -- the strange, destructive Frank Cauldhame, here is a novel of unique power. What I expected to be little more than a well-crafted thriller turned out to be one of the most shocking novels I've ever read and one which had me wondering how Frank came to be this creature. I couldn't help wondering what it all meant and how much I could trust Frank's view. Still don't know. One thing I understand for sure: even the mad have their reasons. This novel caused me to examine a number of questions. I didn't feel that the author was attempting to provide answers for me but in creating a realistic yet bizarre character caused me to think. Regarding the "surprise" ending -- I wasn't expecting it and I advise other readers not to pay too much attention to it. This novel must be evaluated based on every page -- not just the last few.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Engrossing, viceral futility....too much reality for some., 29. Oktober 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Wasp Factory: A Novel (Taschenbuch)
Critics of this book attack it's mightmarish cruelty, mistake the interraction of the weird with the normal for a device representing something more, and dismiss a good read as a bloody roller-coaster. What's wrong with that? Nothing, exept TWF has much more body than its blood soaked surface suggests. Remember the time you first talked to a compulsive swearer in a bar and gloated over their lack of imagination and vocabulary? Didn't you come round to see that person as whole, funny, capable of the same depth as you if you gave them time? TWF is like that. It is viceral, strange and maddening. It is also taught, subtle and delicate, but not in any conventional way. If TWF was an LP the Dead Kennedy's would be the musicians. But does that make it bad? I don't think so. It is a product of it's time and place just like every other text you ever read. Read it. Don't read the hype and hoo-ha about it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Breathtaking! I wish I had read it sooner!, 3. März 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Wasp Factory: A Novel (Taschenbuch)
A great book, in my humble opinion, is one that takes me places I have never been before, which engages me, and which brings me into the world and lives of the characters. Banks' Wasp Factory is such a book.
I wouldn't dare give away a single part of the plot to any prospective readers in this review because each page of this short novel is too precious and virginal not to be enjoyed and experienced completely firsthand.
Let me just encourage anyone and everyone to relax for a quiet few hours with this novel. I guarantee that you'll be a different person when you finish than you were when you began.
And, to Mr. Banks, I would only like to add: "Bravo! Bravo! If only every writer's first novel could be so funny, horrifying, entertaining and shocking from cover to cover, as this one was!"
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