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.
I'm not sure about this book. I was certainly expecting more. The last chapters were very good but the first and central ones were quite slow and rich in descriptions which didn't really caught my interest.The end was quite surprising, too. Not a
..."Not a bad story at all, at the very end, but not as disturbing and enthralling as I had expected it to be.Continua...Nascondi
I read this strange novel when I was 16 years old, and it really impressed me if I still remember after so long! It is actually quite disturbing, though."I don't think I'll kill anyone else: it was just a phase I was going through" (not a word by
..." a word by word quote, just the gist of it)Continua...Nascondi
This is a disturbing look inside the mind of a disturbing personality. It was quite easy and fun to read, though. Banks uses inventive language and point-of-view narrative for his début novel. It impressed mostly, but some critics were
If you can enjoy a tale of a multiple murderer, a sociopath, a gangly young teenage killer, then you might enjoy this little book. Since its publication Ian Banks has proved himself an author worthy of respect over and over again, and there is always something about reading a daring first novel of a now-famous author...Continua...Nascondi