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3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure., 7 Nov 2009
This review is from: The Wasp Factory (Paperback)
Rave reviews, five stars mostly and a famous author! Surely a cracker. Not really. I found it gripping at times, often funny, sporadically disgusting and eloquently written, but there was always a niggling doubt that this is a great book. The ending, which I was hoping to come soon and demonstrate what the message was, did not really shed any light on the purpose of the preceding pages. Does the book imply that madness and sickness travel down the genes? If so, this book does not go to the trouble of explaining its case. Perhaps Banks is trying to say that trauma to the body breeds depravity. Again there is no thesis for this opinion. I do agree with an earlier reviewer that Banks's idea is good but he did not think it through. What I was left with was a litany of tortures, insanity and weirdness. It is not a surreal work of art. I would not dismiss it entirely, but read it just to confirm the unctuous and kowtowing nature of critics; the professional ones, not the reviewers on Amazon! A moderate work at best. I also think that the young 16yr Amazon reviewer is spot on. This does not deserve a place on any curriciculum of English literature. This is not in the same class as Clockwork Orange and never will be.
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