Get an adfree experience with special benefits, and directly support reddit. Iain banks speaks to john mullan about his novel the wasp factory and takes questions from the audience at the guardian book club. The wasp factory book by iain banks official publisher. A novel of extraordinary originality, imagination and comic ferocity. The guardian books podcast guardian book club podcast. Franks story, which gives the book its shape and its spirit. The wasp factory is a current space, facilitator and vehicle for the artist and musician run collective that is khimaera. The wasp factory is the first novel by scottish writer iain banks, published in 1984. The wasp factory is a work of horrifying compulsion. Iain banks talks to james naughtie and readers about his groundbreaking first novel the wasp. Of all the books on the list, this is the one i have read most recently, even though it was released in 1984. In the wasp factory, by contrast, i feel like banks has just backed up a dumptruck and unloaded it on us. Radio 4s bookclub was on sunday 6 november and is repeated this thursday 10 november at the new time of 3.
The wasp factory book by iain banks official publisher page. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading 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. Equally in question is franks shamanlike belief system, whose desire for ritual and symbolism which form his belief structure with the titular wasp factory at the. Before the publication of the wasp factory, banks had written several science fiction novels that had not been accepted for publication. Banks decided to try a more mainstream novel in the hopes that it would be more readily accepted, and wrote about a psychopathic teenager living on a remote scottish island. Iain banks on the wasp factory iain banks speaks to john mullan about his novel the wasp factory and takes questions from the audience at the. The wasp factory was not supposed to be shocking, yet was found so. The wasp factory by iain banks the polarizing literary debut by scottish author ian banks, the wasp factory is the bizarre, imaginative, disturbing, and darkly. Iain banks meets james naughtie and readers at the national library of scotland in edinburgh to talk about his debut novel the wasp factory, first published in 1984. A novel and millions of other books are available for amazon.
The wasp factory by ian banks nothing you have ever read will prepare you for the insanity in this book. Two years after i killed blyth i murdered my young brother paul, for quite different and more fundamental reasons than id disposed of blyth, and. If you know the wasp factory, the book that launched iains serious writing career 27 years ago, you will know why the question arose. Study questions, project ideas and discussion topics based on important themes running throughout the wasp factory by iain banks. Book discussions the wasp factory iain banks november book selection comments showing 115 of 15 15 new. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. John mullan on readers responses to the wasp factory by iain banks.1194 196 538 1269 1409 686 573 1439 905 1044 1359 985 1472 1459 182 491 26 147 80 217 34 772 930 527 1032 861 45 1462 1125 671 901 610 784 889 1370