Of course, I know how small a piece of land my island is I m not a fool I know the size of the planet and just how minuscule is that part of it I know I ve watched too much television and seen too many nature and travel programmes not to appreciate how limited my own knowledge is in terms of first hand experience of other places but I don t want to go farther afield, I don t need to travel or see foreign climes or know different people I know who I am and I know my limitation I restrict my horizons for my own good reasons fear oh, yes, I admit it and a need for reassurance and safety in a world which just so happened to treat me very cruelly at an age before I had any real chance of affecting it Frank is sixteen years old and lives with his father on an island n ,1835 1902,, , , , , , , ,, , , ,,,,, , . What are you reading Ehum, a book I bought at Gatwick airport last week Do you like it No What is it about Psychopaths talking about the microscopic details of their murderous actions, explaining them away with even worse psychopathic deeds that they fell victim to, watered down to banal cause and effect psychology What Who would read that kind of book Sounds hard Well, on the pro side, the language is simplistic, the plot is absurd, and it is short, so I think it caters to young adults with a short attention span and an obsession for violence in different drastic forms Well, we live in a violent world, that is reality Yes True I doubt we would see a father trying to change the gender of his child, though, and a murderer who proudly announces three completed murders before reaching adolescence, using bombs, snakes and kites to kill off even younge Now we all know that dating a fictional psychopath or a sociopath can be a lot of fun While it is true that these individuals rarely make viable candidates for a long term commitment, short term relationships have been shown to have some real upside For example, dating a psychopath can be a breath of fresh, adventurous air following the end of a stale, boring and unsatisfying relationship as they are muchuninhibited and willing to experiment than the typical person In addition, a psychopath or a sociopath is a great choice if your goal is to get back at an overly controlling parent as they make the ideal I ll show them companion HOWEVER, despite the positive aspects of casually dating a fictional sociopath or psychopath, it is still important to exercise caution when deciding to court or allow oneself to be courted by one of these individuals as there are some very troubled i ☆ The Wasp Factory Æ 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 Rating 4. 95 of fiveThe Publisher Says 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 his father measures out his eccentricities on an imperial scale Frank has 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 changes Frank utterly. My Review Much has been said in disgust and even anger about this polarizing book Some have called for it to be banned Others have written the equivalent of a silent finger 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 Has 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 [Iain Banks] ✓ The Wasp Factory [chemistry PDF] read Online Ù Ground For His Brother S Inevitable Return An Event That Explodes The Mysteries Of The Past And Changes Frank Utterly The Wasp 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 Ferocity 3 I completely get if you rated it 1, 2, 3, 4 or even 5 stars For the first time ever in the history of my reading life I would understand completely any rating for this book I thought long and hard and for me it was a strong three star that could have been a four star but wasn t for a number of factors First of all the writing is terrific Vivid and robust and hyper masculine prose with dialogue and thought patterns that zing and sing I was able to see in my mind s eye what was occurring in the exterior landscape as well as in the protagonist s consciousness The material was fairly original and very clever The protagonist has been described as a teenage psychopath which I think is too simplistic and I think this is a very accurate portrayal of teenager who because of trauma, isolation and benign neglect has developed a very complex schizotypal personality disorder whereas hi I sat on the terrace and looked down the valley to the backdrop of the Pic d Anie in the Pyrenean mountain range As I read the last sentence of The Wasp Factory, I closed my Kindle and smiled and thought about this extraordinary book If I hadn t seen Richard s excellent review the other day, I wouldn t have purchased it in a million years But strangely enough I could get the feeling that I would enjoy this book purely from the title Something drummed in my brain that I had to read this. This is not my genre at all and I see that it s referred to as a Gothic horror and yet, I started to read it and couldn t put it down I really cannot understand it I cannot tolerate torture, and cruelty to animals, but strangely through Frank Cauldhame s eyes, not your normal sixteen year old teenager I hasten to add, I was allowed to enter into his own special world I warmed to his strange 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 grantedI 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
About The Author
Iain M Banks.Banks s father was an officer in the Admiralty and his mother was once a professional ice skater Iain Banks was educated at the University of Stirling where he studied English Literature, Philosophy and Psychology He moved to London and lived in the south of England until 1988 when he returned to Scotland, living in Edinburgh and then Fife.Banks met his wife Annie in London, before the release of his first book They married in Hawaii in 1982 However, he announced in early 2007 that, after 25 years together, they had separated He lived most recently in North Queensferry, a town on the north side of the Firth of Forth near the Forth Bridge and the Forth Road Bridge.As with his friend Ken MacLeod another Scottish writer of technical and social science fiction a strong awareness of left wing history shows in his writings The argument that an economy of abundance renders anarchy and adhocracy viable or even inevitable attracts many as an interesting potential experiment, were it ever to become testable He was a signatory to the Declaration of Calton Hill, which calls for Scottish independence.In late 2004, Banks was a prominent member of a group of British politicians and media figures who campaigned to have Prime Minister Tony Blair impeached following the 2003 invasion of Iraq In protest he cut up his passport and posted it to 10 Downing Street In an interview in Socialist Review he claimed he did this after he abandoned the idea of crashing my Land Rover through the gates of Fife dockyard, after spotting the guys armed with machine guns He related his concerns about the invasion of Iraq in his book Raw Spirit, and the principal protagonist Alban McGill in the novel The Steep Approach to Garbadale confronts another character with arguments in a similar vein.Interviewed on Mark Lawson s BBC Four series, first broadcast in the UK on 14 November 2006, Banks explained why his novels are published under two different names His parents wished to name him Iain Menzies Banks but his father made a mistake when registering the birth and he was officially registered as Iain Banks Despite this he continued to use his unofficial middle name and it was as Iain M Banks that he submitted The Wasp Factory for publication However, his editor asked if he would mind dropping the M as it appeared too fussy The editor was also concerned about possible confusion with Rosie M Banks, a minor character in some of P.G Wodehouse s Jeeves novels who is a romantic novelist After his first three mainstream novels his publishers agreed to publish his first SF novel, Consider Phlebas To distinguish between the mainstream and SF novels, Banks suggested the return of the M , although at one stage he considered John B Macallan as his SF pseudonym, the name deriving from his favourite whiskies Johnnie Walker Black Label and The Macallan single malt.His latest book was a science fiction SF novel in the Culture series, called The Hydrogen Sonata, published in 2012.Author Iain M Banks revealed in April 2013 that he had late stage cancer He died the following June.The Scottish writer posted a message on his official website saying his next novel The Quarry, due to be published later this year , would be his last The Quarry was published in June 2013.