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A Song Of Stone (English Edition) von [Banks, Iain]
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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.

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 3155 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 289 Seiten
  • Verlag: Abacus (4. September 2008)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B002TXZQUU
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Nicht aktiviert
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2.9 von 5 Sternen 18 Kundenrezensionen
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #640.358 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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Von Ein Kunde am 28. Juli 2000
Format: Taschenbuch
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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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. Everything was there for my senses, not for my brain to take in the words and compute out a vision. And as the story went on, they prepared me for the climax, the most exquisite of all sensations, the one felt by the heart. A beautifully tragic tale.
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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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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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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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