The Wasp Factory

The Wasp Factory

Book - 1984
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'One of the most brilliant first novels I have come across' Telegraph

'One of the top 100 novels of the century' Independent

'Brilliant...irresistible...compelling' New York Times

'Macabre, bizarre, and impossible to put down' Financial Times

' Read it if you dare' Daily Express

The Wasp Factory is a bizarre, imaginative, disturbing, and darkly comic look into the mind of a child psychopath - one of the most infamous of contemporary Scottish novels.

'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.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1984
ISBN: 9780349139180
9780349101774
0349101779
9780316858564
0316858560
9780395362969
0395362962
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 184 p. ; 22 cm

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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 a... Read More »

Narrated by a child psychopath named Frank whose mother is gone, father is strange, and brother is committed to a psychiatric hospital. Frank uses ritual violence to calm his nerves; he starts with small violent acts but eventually works up to murder. In Wasp Factory he recounts his crimes.


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daisylourobson
Jan 12, 2018

It was really dark, which I expected but somehow I missed the 'horror' warnings on it. There were parts that made me feel quite disturbed. It is a gripping and brilliant book - the way Banks writes he makes you feel so complicit with his twisted characters. But definite *warning* that it's not for the faint-hearted.

drone154 May 05, 2013

brutal and sly, a classic debut

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daisylourobson thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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