Saturday, 12 April 2014

eighteen.

the Wasp Factory by Iain Banks (1984)

 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. I haven't killed anybody for years, and don't intend to ever again. It was just a stage I was going through.” 

 Francis and his father are the only residents on a small Scottish island. Francis' father never registered him as a new born, so he doesn't officially exist and has therefore only been home schooled. He spends his days running around the island, blowing up his dams and killing animals. His older brother, Eric, who has spent the last years in jail for killing dogs and scaring children, has escaped and is on his way home, which worries Francis. In addition to have killed three young kids, Francis has many other secrets. The Wasp Factory is a huge machine which gives him the answers in the times of need, and he uses this machine to figure out what to do about Eric. 

I think the Cauldhame family just won the award for creepiest family ever. Two brothers, where one kills dogs and the other children with a mad scientist as a father. I haven't come across any worse in my time of reading. And the funniest thing is that despite all the awful stuff Francis does, I manage to feel sorry for him. Because after all, he is a product of his father. 

The book is both wonderful and awful at the same time. There was one scene, involving the brain of child, that made me sick to the stomach because it was so easy to picture the scene. It is definitely a book you should read if you can stomach it. And Iain Banks is making his way onto my favourite author list, such a shame that it happens after his death.  

6 comments:

  1. Åh, denne er jeg også veldig glad i! Tror jeg liker den hakket bedre enn Crow Road faktisk. Jeg synes det er så fascinerende hvordan man som leser hele tiden føler sympati for Francis (og tildels også for faren).

    Gleder meg til du leser flere bøker av mannen.

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    1. Jeg tror de begge ligger på samme hakk hos meg. Og ja, jeg skal definitivt lese flere bøker av Iain, har to i hylla allerede, og så blir det nok kjøpt flere etter hvert.

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    2. Hvilke har du i hylla? Jeg har lest Complicity som jeg også likte veldig godt, selv om jeg ikke syntes den ikke hadde samme dybde som Wasp Factory og Crow Road. Nå er jeg et par kapitler inn i Walking on Glass, og vet ikke helt hva jeg synes ennå.

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    3. Jeg har Complicity og Stonemouth. Og så kjøpte jeg the Quarry i dag på flyplassen i Edinburgh. Angrer litt på at jeg ikke gadd å kjøpe i bruktbutikkene, men jeg har hatt lite kjøpelyst mens jeg var på ferie.

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  2. Denne har jeg i bokhyllen hjemme! Det er så fint å "oppdage" bøker man allerede har hatt en ide om at man vil like og derfor har kjøpt fra før. Nå fikk jeg veldig lyst til å forsøke meg på denne. Har The Crow Road også, får nok lest begge på et eller annet tidspunkt.

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    1. Iain Banks er en forfatter du absolutt bør oppdage! Det som er så fint med bokbloggere er jo at man hele tiden oppdager nye bøker, selv om man allerede har dem i hylla. Vet ikke hvor mange bøker som har havna i hylla takket være deg. Må bare få tid til å lese dem.

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