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The Business is the 1990s success story run riot. The eponymous organisation is ancient, rich and invisible. All it lacks is a certain political clout, something the Business has avoided for centuries but with which it is now beginning to toy. A seat in the UN is at stake as Kate Telman, Level 3 executive, is drawn into the (rather polite) machinations of her superiors. Those expecting John Grisham may be disappointed. No bad thing, perhaps: Kate's personal-professional life-- there is, of course, no conflict here for the successful individual of the 1990s--is the main concern. Banks' interest is in the moral debates about the position of the Business in a world it finds easy to manipulate, drawing the reader into a discussion of the place of the multi-national in contemporary economic and cultural life. "A lot of successful people are less hard-hearted than they like to think": is one view put forward, and not the only romantic but equivocal sentiment hiding somewhere in The Business. --John Shire --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I've read several of Banks' other "mainstream" novels (The Wasp Factory, Walking on Glass, The Crow Road, Complicity, Whit), loved several of them and liked them all. Read morePublished 4 months ago by static-sensitive
Christmas gift for son in law who likes this author and asked for this title for a present. As I haven't read it I can't really comment sensiblyPublished 20 months ago by David S.
A very enjoyable and entertaining read from Iain Banks. I wouldn't rate it as highly as "The Crow Road" or "Compliciy", Both of which I loved, but I would certainly... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Vivienne Jenkins
A well written book or should I say another well written book by Ian Banks. As usual the way of writing is superb Banks twists and weaves a story and draws you in and his... Read morePublished on 8 July 2013 by ascu75
I was still waiting for the story to start when I reached the end of this dull-as-ditchwater piece of rubbish.Published on 3 April 2013 by Greg Withnail
I found the concept of a shady business shrouded in secrecy with far reaching global power appealing, and so started reading. Read morePublished on 14 Feb. 2013 by Mr. M. Read
A female hero with integrity and depth Kathryn Telman stormed through this deceptively cliched plot. Yes it's good against evil, but it's so much more. Read morePublished on 7 July 2012 by Mavis Moog
When I first started reading this book I really didn't want to read it! and as I read the first chapter (in a grumpy cant be bothered sort of way)I became hooked and it became one... Read morePublished on 18 July 2011 by A. Pick