The Wasp Factory

The Wasp Factory

Book - 2013
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Frank, no ordinary 16-year-old, lives with his father outside a remote Scottish village. His elder brother Eric is confined to a psychiatric hospital. When news comes of Eric's escape, Frank has to prepare the ground for his brother's inevitable return.
Publisher: London, Eng. : Abacus, 2013, c1984
ISBN: 9780349138909
Branch Call Number: BANKS
Characteristics: 244 p. ; 20 cm

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sat7
Dec 22, 2015

Ian Banks first and considered one of the top 100 Novels of all time... Intense, insane. Difficult read at times, thought provoking.

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advega718
Sep 28, 2015

Disturbing in a grotesque sense. Brings to focus mental illness in various degrees as displayed by the major characters of the story. A short, but heavy read.

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sfogs
Jul 12, 2014

Wow! This book will not be for everyone, topic-wise.
It reminds me of 'The Lord of the Flies', though far better..
VERY WELL WRITTEN!!
I felt sorry for Frank, especially at the end of the book and
the plot twist at the end was completely out of the blue.
A fast read as well.

drone154 May 05, 2013

brutal and sly, a classic debut

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jbeckber
Jan 08, 2012

Wow, this was an interesting read. I can understand the controversy when it was first released back in 1984. It certainly pushes the reader's limits, making you question where the line should be between sanity and insanity. I think the book is definitely à propos in this day in age as mental illness becomes much more talked about. I would say that there is much more than you everyday mental illness that plagues this family, they lean towards criminally insane. From the cousin who has lost his leg and a friend to a game of chicken, to the brother who burns dogs, to the father who has carried out a heinous experiment on his daughter, to Frank himself as a child who has killed three other children in his extended family. The way all of this is revealed keeps the reader's attention, and it all comes to a climactic head, but then the book fizzles out. You don't know what is going to happen to any of them, especially Frank now that he has discovered the truth about himself. I'll have to test out another of Banks' books to get a better understanding of this writer.

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