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The Wasp Factoryby Iain Banks
What is it that Frank has hidden up in the attic that could possibly tell the future? What does his father keep locked away in his private study? And when will his mentally disturbed brother, who escaped from the asylum, get home? Iain Banks's first novel delivers a truly original mix of macabre humor and bizarre imagery. Not only is it a well-written page turner, but the ending will make you want to reread the whole book from the beginning again.
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Meet Frank Cauldhame. Just sixteen, and unconventional to say the least:
"Two years after I killed Blyth I murdered my young brother Paul, for quite different and more fundamental reasons than I'd disposed of Blyth, and then a year after that I did for my young cousin Esmerelda, more or less on a whim.
That's my score to date. Three. I haven't killed anybody for years, and don't intend to ever again.
It was just a stage I was going through."
"One of the top 100 novels of the century." The Independent (London)
"Brilliant...irresistible...compelling." The New York Times
"A mighty imagination has arrived on the scene." Mail on Sunday
"Macabre, bizarre, and impossible to put down." The Financial Times
"The Wasp Factory is a first novel not only of tremendous promise, but also of achievement, a minor masterpiece perhaps." Punch
"Read it if you dare." Daily Express
About the Author
Iain Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the original publication of his first novel, The Wasp Factory, recently selected in a British poll as one of the top 100 novels of the century. Since then he has gained enormous popular and critical acclaim with further works of fiction and, as Iain M. Banks, science fiction. He lives in Scotland.
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