The Wasp Factory

'Two years after I killed Blyth I murdered my young brother Paul, for quite different 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.

Author: Iain Banks

Publisher: Little Brown GBR

ISBN: 9780349139180

Category: Fiction

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'Two years after I killed Blyth I murdered my young brother Paul, for quite different 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.' Enter - if you can bear it - the extraordinary private world of Frank, just sixteen, and unconventional, to say the least.

The Wasp Factory

The polarizing literary debut by Scottish author Ian Banks, The Wasp Factory is the bizarre, imaginative, disturbing, and darkly comic look into the mind of a child psychopath.

Author: Iain Banks

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476750246

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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The polarizing literary debut by Scottish author Ian Banks, The Wasp Factory is the bizarre, imaginative, disturbing, and darkly comic look into the mind of a child psychopath. 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.

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Iain Banks' celebrated first novel is a work of extraordinary originality, imagination and 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; ...

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The Wasp Factory

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 ...

Author: Iain Banks

Publisher: Hachette Digital

ISBN: 9781405503556

Category: Fathers and sons

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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; 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 work of extraordinary originality, imagination and 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; and compulsive, because the humour and compassion of that mind reach out to us all.

Iain Banks The Wasp Factory The Crow Road and Whit

The SCOTNOTES booklets are a series of study guides to major Scottish writers and texts frequently used within literature courses, aimed at senior secondary school pupils and students in further education.

Author: Alan MacGillivray

Publisher: Scotnotes Study Guides

ISBN: 9780948877483

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The SCOTNOTES booklets are a series of study guides to major Scottish writers and texts frequently used within literature courses, aimed at senior secondary school pupils and students in further education. This title covers three novels by Iain Banks.


Novels by Iain Banks

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (novels not included). Pages: 23. Chapters: Novels by Iain M. Banks, The Wasp Factory, The Crow Road, Consider Phlebas, Excession, The Player of Games, Espedair Street, Use of Weapons, Whit, Look to Windward, Inversions, Dead Air, Feersum Endjinn, Against a Dark Background, Matter, The Bridge, Surface Detail, The Algebraist, Transition, Complicity, The Business, Walking on Glass, A Song of Stone, The Steep Approach to Garbadale, Canal Dreams. Excerpt: Inversions is a science fiction novel by Scottish writer Iain M. Banks, first published in 1998. It is implied to be set in his Culture universe. However, this is not made explicit within the book, and unlike most other recent editions of Banks' science fiction novels, does not carry the tag 'A Culture Novel' on the cover. Banks has said "Inversions was an attempt to write a Culture novel that wasn't." The book takes place on a fictional planet based on late-Middle Ages Europe. It alternates chapter-by-chapter between two concurrent storylines. The first storyline is presented as a written account from Oelph, publicly a doctor's assistant, but privately a spy for an individual identified only as "Master," to whom much of the account is addressed. Oelph is the assistant to Vosill, the personal doctor to King Quience of Haspidus and a woman. The latter is unheard of in the patriarchal kingdom, and is tolerated only because Vosill claims citizenship in the far-off country of Drezen. The King himself is appreciative of her and her talents, but nonetheless her elevated position in defiance of the kingdom's social mores inspires hostility among others of the court. Oelph's account follows Vosill as she attends to the King regularly, as well as more charitable ministrations to the impoverished and those in need. Her methods are unconventional by kingdom standards, for example...


A Song of Stone

Portrays a band of guerrillas who force themselves on the aristocratic couple living in a rural castle, and subtly weaves sexual, physical, and political tension into an intricate literary web

Author: Iain Banks

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684855364

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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Portrays a band of guerrillas who force themselves on the aristocratic couple living in a rural castle, and subtly weaves sexual, physical, and political tension into an intricate literary web


The Business

A fiercely satirical novel by one of the Britain's greatest living writers chronicles the behind-the-scenes machinations of a secretive organization with plans to dominate the world.

Author: Iain Banks

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743200152

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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A fiercely satirical novel by one of the Britain's greatest living writers chronicles the behind-the-scenes machinations of a secretive organization with plans to dominate the world. By the author of A Song of Stone and The Wasp Factory. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.

Matter

In the world to which Anaplian returns, nothing is quite as it seems; and determining the appropriate level of interference in someone else's war is never a simple matter. Matter is a novel of dazzling wit and serious purpose.

Author: Iain M. Banks

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 031604072X

Category: Fiction

Page: 624

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In a world renowned even within a galaxy full of wonders, a crime within a war. For one brother it means a desperate flight, and a search for the one -- maybe two -- people who could clear his name. For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder. And for their sister, even without knowing the full truth, it means returning to a place she'd thought abandoned forever. Only the sister is not what she once was; Djan Seriy Anaplian has changed almost beyond recognition to become an agent of the Culture's Special Circumstances section, charged with high-level interference in civilizations throughout the greater galaxy. Concealing her new identity -- and her particular set of abilities -- might be a dangerous strategy, however. In the world to which Anaplian returns, nothing is quite as it seems; and determining the appropriate level of interference in someone else's war is never a simple matter. Matter is a novel of dazzling wit and serious purpose. An extraordinary feat of storytelling and breathtaking invention on a grand scale, it is a tour de force from a writer who has turned science fiction on its head.

Complicity

In Scotland, a self-appointed executioner dispenses justice to fit the crime. Thus the lenient judge who let a rapist go is punished by being raped, while a man who killed is killed in turn.

Author: Iain Banks

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743200187

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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In Scotland, a self-appointed executioner dispenses justice to fit the crime. Thus the lenient judge who let a rapist go is punished by being raped, while a man who killed is killed in turn.

Masculinity Men and Monsters in FRANKENSTEIN and the WASP FACTORY an Commentary

This is partly because the two novels feature overlapping themes such as the moulding and shaping of bodies, and men meddling with nature.

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Masculinity as a topic and gothic as a genre are two concepts which have been closely intertwined for centuries. This might be because, as Chris Baldick points out, "the imprisoning house of Gothic fiction has from the very beginning been that of patriarchy, in both its earlier and its expanded feminist senses". In the context of the gothic genre, the patriarchy is both the oppressive structures which aim to limit the freedom of the main characters as well as the comforting status quo against which the transgressive monster is rebelling. Masculinities are however not necessarily indefinitely tied to the patriarchy as they can also be in rebellion against the status quo which supposedly gives masculinity its power. Masculinity in fiction is therefore interesting because it can encapsulate different masculinities. Whether men are as Synnott (2009) summarizes them in the title of his book "Heroes", "Villains" or "Victims" they are an integral part of gothic storytelling.In this thesis I will be exploring masculinity and gothic monsters in Mary Shelley''s Frankenstein (1818a) and Iain Banks'' The Wasp Factory (1984). I will do this through an analysis of how the novels understand masculinity and men, as well as how masculinity and patriarchy is subverted and upheld through the novels'' gothic monsters and their interactions with society. There are also other similar themes that are handled in the two novels such as men''s search to control over nature and the patriarchy''s aim at limiting femininity''s influence. For my analysis, I will be drawing on sources from different feminist and masculinist literary critics as well as social theorists. For the gothic genre aspects of the analysis several texts written about the genre and how it pertains to masculinity and gender will be my foundation. Literary criticism of gothic has a long history of analysis in relation to gender, especially popular in the 1990s, but not as much when it comes to the particular aspects of masculinity.It is, however, hard to find an academic article about Iain Banks'' The Wasp Factory (1984) which does not include a comparison between that novel and Mary Shelley''s Frankenstein (1818a). This is partly because the two novels feature overlapping themes such as the moulding and shaping of bodies, and men meddling with nature. Shelley''s novel also seems to be a model for Banks'' novel with the underlying themes of men''s hubris in thinking that they are in control of nature and father''s constructing and changing their children. Angus Cauldhame and his quest to eradicate all female influence around him through changing the sex and gender of his child, has often been classified as ''Frankensteinian'' in its scope (de Coning 2012, Pisarska 2014, Schoene-Harwood 1999). The focus on Frank''s body and his incapability to fit in with society''s norms can be drawn as a parallel to Victor Frankenstein''s Monster. Critics'' comparisons between the novels, however, often stop with this superficial comparison of the novels. For despite the frequent pairing of the novels by academics, no thorough analysis has, to my knowledge, been made on them together - until now.Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, might be one of the most known and recognizable stories in the English-speaking world. Far lesser known than Frankenstein is Iain Banks'' The Wasp Factory. There is an underlying fascination with what makes society work in Iain Banks'' oeuvre, from his science- fiction novels written under the name Iain M. Banks, to his more conventional books. Few places are these sentiments as clearly expressed as in his debut novel The Wasp Factory (1984). Despite its frequent comparisons to Shelley''s Frankenstein (1818a) due to its themes of ''monstrosity'' created by a ''scientist'' through tampering with nature (Pisarska 2014, Schoene-Harwood 1999), The Wasp Factory is more than a direct retelling of Shelley''s story. The novel does interesting things on its own concerning gender and masculinity.

Canal Dreams

CANAL DREAMS is a novel of deceptive simplicity and dark, original power: stark psychological insights mesh with vividly realised scenarios in an ominous projection of global realpolitik.

Author: Iain Banks

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748109870

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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Hisako Onoda, world famous cellist, refuses to fly. And so she travels to Europe as a passenger on a tanker bound through the Panama Canal. But Panama is a country whose politics are as volatile as the local freedom fighters. When Hisako's ship is captured, it is not long before the atmosphere is as flammable as an oxy-acetylene torch, and the tension as sharp as the spike on her cello... CANAL DREAMS is a novel of deceptive simplicity and dark, original power: stark psychological insights mesh with vividly realised scenarios in an ominous projection of global realpolitik. The result is yet another major landmark in the quite remarkable career of an outstanding modern novelist.



Transition

* The long-awaited and stunning new novel from the unrivalled Iain Banks - a high-definition, hyper-real apocalyptic fable for our times.

Author: Iain Banks

Publisher: Little Brown

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Category: Assassins

Page: 404

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* The long-awaited and stunning new novel from the unrivalled Iain Banks - a high-definition, hyper-real apocalyptic fable for our times.

Whit

A little knowledge can be a very dangerous thing... Innocent in the ways of the world, an ingenue when it comes to pop and fashion, the Elect of God of a small but committed Stirlingshire religious cult: Isis Whit is no ordinary teenager.

Author: Iain Banks

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748109978

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

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A little knowledge can be a very dangerous thing... Innocent in the ways of the world, an ingenue when it comes to pop and fashion, the Elect of God of a small but committed Stirlingshire religious cult: Isis Whit is no ordinary teenager. When her cousin Morag - Guest of Honour at the Luskentyrian's four-yearly Festival of Love - disappears after renouncing her faith, Isis is marked out to venture among the Unsaved and bring the apostate back into the fold. But the road to Babylondon (as Sister Angela puts it) is a treacherous one, particularly when Isis discovers that Morag appears to have embraced the ways of the Unsaved with spectacular abandon... Truth and falsehood; kinship and betrayal; 'herbal' cigarettes and compact discs - Whit is an exploration of the techno-ridden barrenness of modern Britain from a unique perspective.

Consider Phlebas

Praise for the Culture series 'Epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution' Independent on Sunday 'Banks has created one of the most enduring and endearing visions of the future' Guardian 'Jam-packed with ...

Author: Iain M. Banks

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748109994

Category: Fiction

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Consider Phlebas is a space opera of stunning power and awesome imagination, from a modern master of science fiction. The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender. Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it. It was the fate of Horza, the Changer, and his motley crew of unpredictable mercenaries, human and machine, to actually find it - and with it their own destruction. Praise for the Culture series 'Epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution' Independent on Sunday 'Banks has created one of the most enduring and endearing visions of the future' Guardian 'Jam-packed with extraordinary invention' Scotsman 'Compulsive reading' Sunday Telegraph The Culture series: Consider Phlebas The Player of Games Use of Weapons The State of the Art Excession Inversions Look to Windward Matter Surface Detail The Hydrogen Sonata Other books by Iain M. Banks: Against a Dark Background Feersum Endjinn The Algebraist