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Le Seigneur des Guêpes

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  54,917 Ratings  ·  3,231 Reviews
Le narrateur a commis trois crimes : Blyth, son petit frère Paul et sa cousine Esmeralda et il n'a pas l'intention pour le moment de recommencer.
Paperback, 222 pages
Published 2005 by Fleuve noir (first published 1984)
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mark monday
a gentle coming-of-age tale set in rustic scotland, depicting the charming misadventures of a precocious lad and his idiosyncratic older brother as they struggle to understand themselves and each other.

this is some hard stuff, and by "hard" i mean Hard Like the Marquis de Sade Is Hard. do not read this if you cannot stomach depictions of animal torture. do not read this if you cannot stomach the murder of children. this one was hard for me to read at times, and i read some pretty terrible things
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Jeffrey Keeten
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gothic
”Of course, I know how small a piece of land my island is; I’m not a fool. I know the size of the planet and just how minuscule is that part of it I know. I’ve watched too much television and seen too many nature and travel programmes not to appreciate how limited my own knowledge is in terms of first-hand experience of other places; but I don’t want to go farther afield, I don’t need to travel or see foreign climes or know different people. I know who I am and I know my limitation. I restrict m ...more
Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος   Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο   Αμούν Arnum
Οι γονείς είναι οι τελευταίοι άνθρωποι που θα έπρεπε να τους επιτρέπεται να έχουν παιδιά.

Σάμουελ Μπάτλερ,
1835-1902,Άγγλος συγγραφέας

Ένα μυθιστόρημα αμφιλεγόμενο που προφανώς γεννάει ριζικά αντιφατικά συναισθήματα και απόψεις μεταξύ των αναγνωστών. Ένα μεγαλοφυές γραπτό ή μια φρικιαστική αποτυχία ;

Όπως πολλά άλλα έργα που έχουν διατηρήσει διαχρονικά την ατομικότητα, το χαράκτηρα τους και την ικανότητα τους να προκαλούν διαμάχες, ομοίως και το «εργοστάσιο σφηκών» οδηγεί στο αναπόφευκτο συμπέρασμα
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Stephen
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Now we all know that dating a fictional psychopath or a sociopath can be a lot of fun. While it is true that these individuals rarely make viable candidates for a long term commitment, short term relationships have been shown to have some real upside. For example, dating a psychopath can be a “breath of fresh, adventurous air” following the end of a stale, boring and unsatisfying relationship as they are much more “uninhibited” and willing to experiment than the typical person. In addition, a p
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Richard Derus
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.95* of five

The Publisher Says: 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; & 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
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Lisa
"What are you reading?"

"Ehum, a book I bought at Gatwick airport last week!"

"Do you like it?"

"No."

"What is it about?"

"Psychopaths talking about the microscopic details of their murderous actions, explaining them away with even worse psychopathic deeds that they fell victim to, watered down to banal cause-and-effect psychology!"

"What? Who would read that kind of book? Sounds hard?"

"Well, on the pro side, the language is simplistic, the plot is absurd, and it is short, so I think it caters to youn
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Paul Bryant
Sep 30, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Huh, what? Oh no – tell him I'm out. It's the guy who rang last week – no, I don't want to speak to him, no---HI IAIN!! Great to hear from you. Yeah, yeah. How's it hanging? Yeah. So. What can we do you for today? Well yes, you told me that last week. You've written a novel, great. Oh yes, ha ha, that's what we do here, we publish books. Yes but – you know, first novels are not that easy to sell. You have to have an angle. What's that? You've got an angle? Great. Great. Listen, er ---- oh what? ...more
Jaidee
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adolescent bois with lots of testosterone
Recommended to Jaidee by: my niece who is too much attracted to testosterone filled young men
3 " I completely get if you rated it 1, 2, 3, 4 or even 5" stars !!!

For the first time ever (in the history of my reading life) I would understand completely any rating for this book. I thought long and hard and for me it was a strong three star that could have been a four star but wasn't for a number of factors.

First of all the writing is terrific. Vivid and robust and hyper-masculine prose with dialogue and thought patterns that zing and sing. I was able to see in my mind's eye what was occu
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Maggie Galvin
Nov 14, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: posers and sociopaths
Recommended to Maggie by: someone currently in therapy
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Mark
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
This is one of the most bizarre books I have ever read yet so very captivating.

The book is told from the perspective of 16yo Frank who is a member of an extremely dysfunctional family living on the outskirts of a remote Scottish village. His brother Eric is in a psych hospital, his Father is just plain weird and his Mother left when he was very young.

The story is somewhat confusing to begin with. You are told things about the people and the town and the area as though you already know the histor
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This author also published science fiction under the pseudonym Iain M. Banks.

Banks's father was an officer in the Admiralty and his mother was once a professional ice skater. Iain Banks was educated at the University of Stirling where he studied English Literature, Philosophy and Psychology. He moved to London and lived in the south of England until 1988 when he returned to Scotland, living in Edi
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