04 May 2017

Review: The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

Trade paperback, 184 pages
Published 1998 (originally 1984)
Acquired March 2008

Read January 2015
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

Were books about unpleasant children doing unpleasant things in vogue in the 1980s? This made me think of Patrick McCabe's The Butcher Boy, and I feel like I've read other similar books. In any case, though the ending revelation went some way to alleviating/explaining some of my quibbles with the book, I overall found this to be a very well written evocation of something I had no desire to read about. So, kudos to Iain Banks I guess, but I won't be rushing to reread or recommend this.

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