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The Wasp FactoryS turned to strange acts of violence to vent his frustrations In the bizarre daily rituals there is some solace But when news comes of Eric's escape from the hospital Frank has to prepare the ground for his brother's inevitable return an event that explodes the mysteries of the past and changes Frank utterly The W What if what if Holden Caulfield was born on a remote Scottish Island into a disfunctional family with a former anarchist for a father and a flower power mother who ran away soon after he was born? Banks envisioned his angsty teenager character as a sort of alien living on a deserted planet a translation of one of his science fiction ideas The object of the study is sanity and ethics when the individual is removed from the ordinary social interactions most of us take for granted I was never registered I have no birth certificate no National Insurance number nothing to say I'm alive or have ever existed Francis Cauldhame is a monster a sort of teenage Hannibal Lecter He is also the narrator of this deranged fairytale casually mentioning to the reader that he became a serial killer before his tenth anniversary but he is better now he only kills rabbits rats gulls and other unfortunate small critters that visit his windblown island on the East coast of Scotland He has a hobby for making totems decorated with the skulls of his kills for building dams out of sand and then blowing them to create floods and for burning dead wasps on altars build from dead dog skulls His favorite toys are catapults with steel balls improvised flamethrowers air guns and pipe bombs that he builds in his toolshed from fertilizer and acids I had a hard time finding redeeming ualities in our boy Frank I can't even call him an unreliable narrator because he is unrepentant and actually proud of his past deeds His callousness and lack of remorse made me feel unclean reading about his actions and tainted other aspects of the story like Frank's obvious intelligence and his dark sense of humour The fact that I kept reading at all is due to the talent of Mr Banks who sneakily introduces several mysteries into what at first glance is a clear cut case of psychopatic behaviour genetic disorder everybody in the Cauldhame family seems to have some sort of psychological baggage father a recluse with a sick sense of humour and a cellar filled with army grade plastic explosive mother a runaway 'free love' relic of the sixties uncles and aunts suicidal in bizarre circumstances older brother interned in mental hospital after setting dogs on fire and feeding worms to strange children view spoiler three other siblings and childhood friends killed in horrendous circumstances by Frank hide spoiler

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Frank no ordinary sixteen year old lives with his father outside a remote Scottish village Their life is to say the least unconventional Frank's mother abandoned them years ago his elder brother Eric is confined to a psychiatric hospital; and his father measures out his eccentricities on an imperial scale Frank ha a gentle coming of age tale set in rustic scotland depicting the charming misadventures of a precocious lad and his idiosyncratic older brother as they struggle to understand themselves and each otherthis is some hard stuff and by hard i mean Hard Like the Maruis de Sade Is Hard do not read this if you cannot stomach depictions of animal torture do not read this if you cannot stomach the murder of children this one was hard for me to read at times and i read some pretty terrible thingsbut this is actually not a bleak book perhaps because of the narrator young Frank is a sadistic creature but his perspective is often self deprecatingly wry or amusingly pedantic he may be an affectless sociopath who channels his monstrous emotions into bizarre rituals and vicious traps but hey he is also a sensitively wrought kid with many problems what makes the book such a uniue affair is the tension between the horrors illustrated and the traditional vehicle in which they are expressed it is in many ways a kind of Young Adult novel albeit one chock full of grotesuerie one in which the protagonist struggles to move beyond his outsider status to connect with others to understand his distant father and his er 'problematic' older brother Frank's cruelties exist side by side with a cold blooded version of typical teenage angst angst that is built around familial relations gender and simply finding a place in the world the ending resolves some truly dreadful plotlines in a truly dreadful manner but also parallels the typically transformative Young Adult ending in which the hero comes to understand himself and so is able to move forward with his life clever Banks very clever the narrative is designed as a chinese box of layered and revolting mysteries but it is also designed as a subtle trap for the unsuspecting reader look at you you just found some sympathy for a remorseless little psycho the personal problems that he has to struggle with ARE pretty heavy for a kid to deal with right? and you felt a bit of happiness at his eventual self discovery didn't you? well you should be ashamed sickothe writing is clean clear precise and the tone is surprisingly upbeat the protagonist's thoughts have a uiet yearning and naiveté to them that makes even his most horrific plans and rationalizations seem almost understated almost innocent the deadpan humor also relieves some of the viciousness of the very dark activities portrayed the dissection of gender was fascinating and the use of the wasp factory itself moves beyond that of a torture maze becoming a metaphor and a parallel for the fates of each of the characters overall a disturbing but very enriching experiencethis is a pretty uniue book if you like it you may want to search out jack vance's Bad Ronald which is also dryly and ironically concerned with the deadly fantasy life of a youthful psychotic outsider

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Download The Wasp Factory Epub õ 192 pages ✓ Iain banks ´ Frank no ordinary sixteen year old lives with his father outside a remote Scottish village Their life is to say the least unconventional Frank's mother abandoned them years ago his elder brother Eric is confined to a psychiatric hospital; and his fatherAsp Factory is a work of horrifying compulsion horrifying because it enters a mind whose realities are not our own whose values of life and death are alien to our society; compulsive because the humour and compassion of that mind reach out to us all A novel of extraordinary originality imagination and comic feroci Huh what? Oh no – tell him I'm out It's the guy who rang last week – no I don't want to speak to him no HI IAIN Great to hear from you Yeah yeah How's it hanging? Yeah So What can we do you for today? Well yes you told me that last week You've written a novel great Oh yes ha ha that's what we do here we publish books Yes but – you know first novels are not that easy to sell You have to have an angle What's that? You've got an angle? Great Great Listen er oh what? Your hero does what? He sacrifices animals? Yeah? Cool Oh and seagulls? He lives on an island – what like Robinson Crusoe? Kind of like that? No? His what? His genitals? Eww – I think – and oh there's a dwarf? Yeah? Well impotent sacrifices animals dwarf yeah that's kind of an angle I guess The what? They drown in what? Urine? Urine? The – you know the ad campaign is not really forming in my mind right now I gotta be honest Iain you know what I mean I can't see the cover yes yes the brothermentally ill drugs torture Iain wait wait Stop please just Look I'm really sorry and all But you know I just can't really see this as being something we would be interested in just at the oh Right He's gone Wow Man I need a drink Listen if Iain Banks calls up again I'm OUT do you hear? OUT