Book Reviews of The Wasp Factory

The Wasp Factory
The Wasp Factory
Author: Iain Banks
ISBN-13: 9780349101774
ISBN-10: 0349101779
Publication Date: 4/1/1992
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 19 ratings
Publisher: Abacus
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 10
I got this book without even knowing what it was about. I just heard that is was very disturbing and disgusting, so I had to check it out. Well besides being both of those it is also a very good book. The plot is very interesting and the end surprised the heck out of me. And disturbed or not the maine character is brilliant in his own warped way. The Wasp Factory he created is a pretty amazing piece of gadgetry even if it does torture the wasp.
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Helpful Score: 1
I can't even rate this book, simple as the question of "How much did you like it?" would seem to be. It is horrifying, I feel dirty after finishing it, and it is undeniably brilliant. I will admit I do not have a strong stomach for brutality -- I couldn't finish Don Quixote because I just could not stomach the continual beating of that poor old man -- but while the violence in Don Quixote is casual, the violence in The Wasp Factory is elevated to ritual, and there isn't a moment of it that isn't necessary for the story. (Well, except maybe the battle with the Hare. But a case can be made even for that.) Thinking about it critically, perhaps the only flaw is the psychoanalysis at the end -- it would almost have been more powerful had the twist come and the book simply stopped. But beyond that, reading it was an experience I almost wish I could have erased from my memory, but only just almost.
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Helpful Score: 1
A very good book book, very hard to put down. If somebody wanted a glimpse into the mind of a disturbed individual along the lines of Jeffery Dalmer, this is definately the book. The twist at the end is a little disappointing, but it is a great book none the less.
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I'm really not sure what to make of this book. The main character was a very disturbed individual and quite a few bits sickened me, but something compelled me to keep reading. Was I expecting the ending? Not at all. Why did Frank behave the way he did? [Yes, the book provides some possible answers, but I don't want to give anything away - and I don't think the revelations completely answer all my questions.] And what about Eric? What is this book saying? Are we all trapped inside a wasp factory or do we just think we are? So many questions this book brings forth and I'm going to have to take some time to think over some possible answers, if there even are any.
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I wasn't sure what to make of it. I can't say I enjoyed reading it, I kept going because of morid fascination. In the end, when the secrets come out, they are both shocking and disappointing, if that makes sense. Eh, it was okay, but not a great read.