Book Review: Iain Banks – “The Wasp Factory”

DebE —  September 27, 2011 — Leave a comment

The Wasp FactoryThe Wasp Factory by Iain M. Banks

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It would do this book a great injustice to say that one of my favourite parts (of my edition, anyway) is the selection of reviewers’ comments in the opening pages – especially the negative ones! They are hilarious, and are followed up by a highly enjoyable, if controversial, story. Yes, it is a challenging read. But, heck, I am a total animal lover, a pacifist and totally unimaginative when it comes to human cruelty, and I love this book. Somehow, Iain Banks writes a character who regularly sets wasps up to kill themselves in his little “factory” (sometimes with a helping hand), and has no trouble setting alight a rabbit or a sheep, and is, yet, not a total turn-off to read (and it’s written in first person!). I don’t know that I would say that I could identify with Frank, but I could handle going along with him on his misadventures. And that last page makes it all worth it…

You know what? I haven’t read this book in YEARS… I think it may have to go back on the “to-read” list…

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Deb E was born in New Zealand’s North Island, but her parents corrected that within months, moving south to Dunedin and staying there. Childhood nights were spent falling asleep to cover versions of Cliff Richard and the Shadows and other Rock ’n Roll classics played by her father’s band, and days were spent dancing to 45 LPs. Many of her first writing experiences were copying down song lyrics. She graduated to scientific reports when she studied a nematophagus fungus in the Zoology department of the University of Otago, trading all traces of popularity for usefulness… then traded both for fiction. Mum of one human & four fur-babies.

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