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My favourite Banks novel,
This review is from: Espedair Street (Paperback)
This is obviously a novel that divides opinion - interesting to read the very different views on this page.
You probably already know that every Iain Banks novel is different. Espedair Street doesn't have the intrigue and mystery of the Crow Road, nor the action of Complicity; this is a slow burn of a novel, taking its time to build characters and narrative in a non-linear fashion... you need to enjoy hints and flashbacks for this one.
For me, it's about working stuff out - who we are, what's important and why we do the things we do, right or wrong. It's about redemption, too. Fans of Banks humour will also be relieved to know that there are also fish-hooks hidden behind jacket lapels, a vomiting German Shepherd and a shopping trolley full of spray cream involved.
It's one of my favourite books of all time - not everyone will agree, but hey, that's rock'n'roll.