Named 'one of the top 100 novels of the century' by the Independent, The Wasp Factory is a bizarre, imaginative, disturbing and darkly comic look into the mind of a child psychopath
Frank is no ordinary sixteen-year-old. He lives with his father outside a remote Scottish village. 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 ground for his brother's inevitable return - an event that explodes the mysteries of the past and changes Frank utterly.
Iain Banks' celebrated first novel is a 'gothic horror story of quite exceptional quality...macabre, bizarre and...quite impossible to put down' (Financial Times)
Enter - if you can bear it - the extraordinary private world of Frank, just sixteen, and unconventional, to say the least.
'Brilliant...irresistible...compelling' -New York Times
'One of the most brilliant first novels I have come across' -Telegraph
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Dark story, beautifully written
A short book written in a beautiful way. The story lacks pace but is harrowing all the same. Worth a read.
What a twist, brilliant!
Not what I expected
I only read this book as my husband kept raving about how good it was supposed to be. He had the paperback and I had the iBook version so we did it as a fun race....... I won!
I did enjoy reading the book although found it a bit of an easy read. The only thing that made me carry on to the end was the "twist" I read about and it lived up to the reviews. The twist was an extremely unexpected one..... Or which my husband thinks he has figured out but is so far off the mark I will giggle when he realises!!
Not a book I would tell everyone to read but glad I read it.