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The Wasp Factory: Banks, Iain

The Wasp Factory

Banks, Iain

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ISBN 10: 0395362962 / ISBN 13: 9780395362969
Published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1984
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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1st American Edition/1st Printing (complete number line). SIGNED by author on a bookplate affixed to front end page (signature only). $13.95 price on DJ flap; mylar protected. DJ has one small closed tear. remainer mark on bottom. Also includes laid-in a photocopy of handwritten signed thank you letter from author saying he has signed bookplates. Also includes laid-in the original New York Times obituary for Banks. Author's first book. (Bonus: Comes with a unsigned 1st printinghardcover copy of Banks novel "The Business"---Note: Due to weight bonus book only comes with domestic orders). Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 026598

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Title: The Wasp Factory

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, Boston

Publication Date: 1984

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition

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Frank, a disturbed boy who lives alone with his father, creates a bizarre fantasy world for himself which includes strange rituals and murders

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"I had been making the rounds of the Sacrifice Poles the day we heard my brother had escaped. I already knew something was going to happen; the Factory told me."

Those lines begin one of the most infamous of contemporary Scottish novels. The narrator, Frank Cauldhame, is a weird teenager who lives on a tiny island connected to mainland Scotland by a bridge. He maintains grisly Sacrifice Poles to serve as his early warning system and deterrent against anyone who might invade his territory.

Few novelists have ever burst onto the literary scene with as much controversy as Iain Banks in 1984. The Wasp Factory was reviled by many reviewers on account of its violence and sadism, but applauded by others as a new and Scottish voice--that is, a departure from the English literary tradition. The controversy is a bit puzzling in retrospect, because there is little to object to in this novel, if you're familiar with genre horror.

The Wasp Factory is distinguished by an authentically felt and deftly written first-person style, delicious dark humor, a sense of the surreal, and a serious examination of the psyche of a childhood psychopath. Most readers will find that they sympathize with and even like Frank, despite his three murders (each of which is hilarious in an Edward Gorey fashion). It's a classic of contemporary horror. --Fiona Webster

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