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The Wasp Factory

A Novel
Banks, Iain (Book - 1998)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Wasp Factory
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Sixteen years old, Frankie has developed behavioral patterns involving the ritualistic killings of animals and insects to help predict daily events. As each successive day pass, Frankie receives phone call from older half-brother, Paul, who has escaped form an institution and is working his way home.
Authors: Banks, Iain, 1954-2013
Title: The wasp factory
a novel
Publisher: New York, NY : Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1998
Edition: 1st Scribner Paperback Fiction ed. 1998
Characteristics: 184 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Iain Banks
Summary: Sixteen years old, Frankie has developed behavioral patterns involving the ritualistic killings of animals and insects to help predict daily events. As each successive day pass, Frankie receives phone call from older half-brother, Paul, who has escaped form an institution and is working his way home.
ISBN: 0684853159
9780684853154
Branch Call Number: FICTION BANKS
Subject Headings: Fathers and sons Fiction Serial murders Fiction Teenage boys Fiction Psychopaths Fiction Murderers Fiction Scotland Fiction
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Topical Term: Fathers and sons
Serial murders
Teenage boys
Psychopaths
Murderers
LCCN: 98008355
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I cannot think of a better place to start than this searing first literary novel from the late Banks. Set on an island off the coast of Scotland, this tense, lean narrative from the perspective of sixteen-year old Frank Cauldhame defines true family dysfunction. There is nothing evil in this exce... Read More »

Sixteen years old, Frankie has developed behavioral patterns involving the ritualistic killings of animals and insects to help predict daily events.


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Jul 12, 2014
  • sfogs rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Jan 08, 2012
  • jbeckber rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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