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The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
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Jul 06, 2008

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bookshelves: book-club, 2008
Read in December, 2008

I found this book extremely disturbing. Ian Banks’ narrator so candidly tells about murdering 3 children and killing animals that as a reader one is almost drawn into feeling sorry for him in a Humbert Humbert kind of way. But Ian Banks is not Nabokov and even if this book successfully got under my skin – it contains some of the most disturbing scenes I have ever read - I never quite believed in the characters. Can a 5 year old commit murder?

Then the finale: I was very disappointed with it. It was too brusque and too tidy. Not that in such a dysfunctional family the events revealed at the end of the book were not plausible, but that the reaction of the main character was so accepting of it all.

I cannot quite pinpoint it, but this book misses a certain ingredient to make it a true masterpiece. As it is, it is a good attempt though.
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