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3.8 out of 5 stars
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3.8 out of 5 stars
The Quarry
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on 27 June 2017
This is, sadly, Iain Bank’s last book. For that reason, it was always tinged with sadness for me and I had the book on my Kindle for the last three years, waiting for me to be ready to read it. Sounds melodramatic but there it is. Iain died of cancer in 2013 and the book concerns the events surrounding the death from cancer of the narrator’s father, Guy.
Guy does not go gentle into the good night. He rages against the world, the illness and the group of friends who have gathered around him for a long weekend. It does not help the atmosphere that he has brought them all together to find and destroy a video-tape that somehow incriminates them all and threatens their current careers.
The group were all together at university some twenty years previous and their evolution into the current personalities is the real subject of the book and how youthful idealism becomes corrupted by the passage of time and the need to make a living.
The narrator, Kit, is Guy’s son and suffers from Asperger’s syndrome - a high-functioning form of autism. This makes him perfectly placed to observe them all without making judgements about the motives and motivations of the various friends as they rapidly fall out and betray each other in the course of the weekend.
It should be depressing, but it isn’t. I left the book buoyed up and joyous. Death robs us of life but not of having lived a life. The changes in the characters of our friends may dismay us, but it does not take away from what they once were.
Someone who was beautiful, kind and loving cannot erase their past glory by being a little faded now.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I have enjoyed so many of Iain’s books. Now to re-read them all!
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on 3 July 2013
A wonderful last novel from Ian Banks. A group of old friends with a lot of history between them meet up for the last time, as one of them is dying. Over the course of the book their personalities become more vivid, complex, secrets are revealed, emotions rise, and the story is told by Kit, a teenager with Asperger's, who has trouble understanding emotions and who describes/understands everything completely literally, leaving it to us to figure out what he can't see right in front of him.
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on 4 May 2014
Sadly, not his best novel and, most probably, his worst. Even sadder when considering the circumstances surrounding it. Boring narrative with no real plot, great long tracts of trivia, padded with an unnecessary stream of pointless variation on the f-word. There were moments that sparked but no fire was lit, the characters hollow and unreal. A great pity.
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on 5 September 2017
Another good read from Iain Banks.
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on 22 February 2014
This is obviously Iain Banks's way of saying goodbye. He does this in a very sensitive way, raking in old buddies and including his son in the melee. Well written and as good a read as always. I will miss his books.
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on 12 July 2017
Parallel to the wasp factory, a heartbreaking story of friendship and fatherhood over the years. Wonderful final work from Banks.
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on 7 August 2013
Although not up there with the very best of his work, The Quarry is a very good read and reminds us what a loss the passing of Iain Banks was, as I sure given the time there would have been yet more great stuff to come. A very sad loss.
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on 11 October 2014
Not his best, long winded and boring.
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on 24 August 2017
Predictable
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on 5 March 2017
Didn't realise it wouldn't play on normal CD player, as is Mp3 file.
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