♥ Book Title : The Wasp Factory
☯ Full Synopsis : "The polarizing literary debut by Scottish author Ian Banks, The Wasp Factory is the bizarre, imaginative, disturbing, and darkly comic look into the mind of a child psychopath. Meet Frank Cauldhame. Just sixteen, and unconventional to say the least: Two years after I killed Blyth I murdered my young brother Paul, for quite different and more fundamental reasons than I'd disposed of Blyth, and then a year after that I did for my young cousin Esmerelda, more or less on a whim. That's my score to date. Three. I haven't killed anybody for years, and don't intend to ever again. It was just a stage I was going through."Article| Iain Banks| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : The Wasp Factory
☯ Full Synopsis : "Frank, a disturbed boy who lives alone with his father, creates a bizarre fantasy world for himself which includes strange rituals and murder"Article| Iain Banks| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Wasp Factory
☯ Full Synopsis : "'Two years after I killed Blyth I murdered my young brother Paul, for quite different reasons than I'd disposed of Blyth, and then a year after that I did for my young cousin Esmerelda, more or less on a whim. That's my score to date. Three. I haven't killed anybody for years, and don't intend to ever again. It was just a stage I was going through.' Enter - if you can bear it - the extraordinary private world of Frank, just sixteen, and unconventional, to say the least."Article| Iain Banks| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Complicity
☯ Full Synopsis : "In Scotland, a self-appointed executioner dispenses justice to fit the crime. Thus the lenient judge who let a rapist go is punished by being raped, while a man who killed is killed in turn."Article| Iain Banks| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Iain Banks' The Wasp Factory, The Crow Road and Whit
☯ Full Synopsis : "The SCOTNOTES booklets are a series of study guides to major Scottish writers and texts frequently used within literature courses, aimed at senior secondary school pupils and students in further education. This title covers three novels by Iain Banks."Article| Alan MacGillivray| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Masculinity, Men and Monsters in FRANKENSTEIN and the WASP FACTORY - an Commentary
☯ Full Synopsis : "Masculinity as a topic and gothic as a genre are two concepts which have been closely intertwined for centuries. This might be because, as Chris Baldick points out, "the imprisoning house of Gothic fiction has from the very beginning been that of patriarchy, in both its earlier and its expanded feminist senses". In the context of the gothic genre, the patriarchy is both the oppressive structures which aim to limit the freedom of the main characters as well as the comforting status quo against which the transgressive monster is rebelling. Masculinities are however not necessarily indefinitely tied to the patriarchy as they can also be in rebellion against the status quo which supposedly gives masculinity its power. Masculinity in fiction is therefore interesting because it can encapsulate different masculinities. Whether men are as Synnott (2009) summarizes them in the title of his book "Heroes", "Villains" or "Victims" they are an integral part of gothic storytelling.In this thesis I will be exploring masculinity and gothic monsters in Mary Shelley''s Frankenstein (1818a) and Iain Banks'' The Wasp Factory (1984). I will do this through an analysis of how the novels understand masculinity and men, as well as how masculinity and patriarchy is subverted and upheld through the novels'' gothic monsters and their interactions with society. There are also other similar themes that are handled in the two novels such as men''s search to control over nature and the patriarchy''s aim at limiting femininity''s influence. For my analysis, I will be drawing on sources from different feminist and masculinist literary critics as well as social theorists. For the gothic genre aspects of the analysis several texts written about the genre and how it pertains to masculinity and gender will be my foundation. Literary criticism of gothic has a long history of analysis in relation to gender, especially popular in the 1990s, but not as much when it comes to the particular aspects of masculinity.It is, however, hard to find an academic article about Iain Banks'' The Wasp Factory (1984) which does not include a comparison between that novel and Mary Shelley''s Frankenstein (1818a). This is partly because the two novels feature overlapping themes such as the moulding and shaping of bodies, and men meddling with nature. Shelley''s novel also seems to be a model for Banks'' novel with the underlying themes of men''s hubris in thinking that they are in control of nature and father''s constructing and changing their children. Angus Cauldhame and his quest to eradicate all female influence around him through changing the sex and gender of his child, has often been classified as ''Frankensteinian'' in its scope (de Coning 2012, Pisarska 2014, Schoene-Harwood 1999). The focus on Frank''s body and his incapability to fit in with society''s norms can be drawn as a parallel to Victor Frankenstein''s Monster. Critics'' comparisons between the novels, however, often stop with this superficial comparison of the novels. For despite the frequent pairing of the novels by academics, no thorough analysis has, to my knowledge, been made on them together - until now.Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, might be one of the most known and recognizable stories in the English-speaking world. Far lesser known than Frankenstein is Iain Banks'' The Wasp Factory. There is an underlying fascination with what makes society work in Iain Banks'' oeuvre, from his science- fiction novels written under the name Iain M. Banks, to his more conventional books. Few places are these sentiments as clearly expressed as in his debut novel The Wasp Factory (1984). Despite its frequent comparisons to Shelley''s Frankenstein (1818a) due to its themes of ''monstrosity'' created by a ''scientist'' through tampering with nature (Pisarska 2014, Schoene-Harwood 1999), The Wasp Factory is more than a direct retelling of Shelley''s story. The novel does interesting things on its own concerning gender and masculinity."Article| Omega Literature Omega Literature and Commentary Series| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Walking On Glass
☯ Full Synopsis : "Her eyes were black, wide as though with some sustained surprise, the skin from their outer corners to her small ears taut. Her lips were pale, and nearly too full for her small mouth, like something bled but bruised. He had never seen anyone or anything quite so beautiful in his life.' Graham Park is in love. But Sara Fitch is an enigma to him, a creature of almost perverse mystery. Steven Grout is paranoid - and with justice. He knows that They are out to get him. They are. Quiss, insecure in his fabulous if ramshackle castle, is forced to play interminable impossible games. The solution to the oldest of all paradoxical riddles will release him. But he must find an answer before he knows the question. Park, Grout, Quiss - no trio could be further apart. But their separate courses are set for collision."Article| Iain Banks| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Room
☯ Full Synopsis : "“A terrifying journey into the darkest corners of the psyche” by the author of Requiem for a Dream and Last Exit to Brooklyn (The Guardian). A small-time criminal sits alone in his cell, his mind reeling with sadistic thoughts of retribution against the police and, eventually, all those he believes have failed him throughout his life. A deeply disturbing exploration of a character the Guardian described as “a genuinely frightening American Psycho,” Hubert Selby Jr.’s second novel is made all the more chilling by the narrator’s brief flashes of humanity. The Room is a tale so terrifying the author himself couldn’t read it for decades after writing it. Called “brutal” by the New York Times when it was first published, it is a dark masterpiece about a man who may be temporarily trapped in jail, but whose true prison is his own anger, as he is enslaved by out-of-control passions and sickening fantasies of revenge. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Hubert Selby Jr. including rare photos from the author’s estate."Article| Hubert Selby| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Bildungsromans
☯ Full Synopsis : "Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 79. Chapters: A Wizard of Earthsea, Bildungsroman, The Wasp Factory, Northanger Abbey, Great Expectations, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Tipping the Velvet, The Land of Green Plums, Mary: A Fiction, Wilhelm Meister's Journeyman Years, Nightmare Abbey, The Magic Mountain, The Red and the Black, Villette, The Sorrows of Young Werther, The Chrysalids, Of Human Bondage, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Sentimental Education, Go Tell It on the Mountain, Siddhartha, Lanark: A Life in Four Books, Der Nachsommer, The Sword in the Stone, The Power of One, Cat and Mouse, Narcissus and Goldmund, Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, The Getting of Wisdom, Spies, Peter Camenzind, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Le Grand Meaulnes, Sacred Country, The Liar, Lyddie, The Garden Party, Metroland, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, The Lamplighter, City of God, The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader, Stephen Hero, A Song of Sixpence, Green Henry. Excerpt: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is the 1969 autobiography about the early years of African-American writer and poet Maya Angelou. The first in a six-volume series, it is a coming-of-age story that illustrates how strength of character and a love of literature can help overcome racism and trauma. The book begins when three-year-old Maya and her older brother are sent to Stamps, Arkansas, to live with their grandmother and ends when Maya becomes a mother at the age of 17. In the course of Caged Bird, Maya transforms from a victim of racism with an inferiority complex into a self-possessed, dignified young woman capable of responding to prejudice. Angelou was challenged by her friend, author James Baldwin, and her editor, Robert Loomis, to write an autobiography that was also a piece of literature. Because Angelou uses thematic development and other techniques common to fiction, reviewers often categ..."Article| Source: Wikipedia| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Crow Road
☯ Full Synopsis : "When Prentice McHoan returns to his home town of Gallanach he meets a former girlfriend of his missing uncle Rory, who provides him with a folder of Rory's writings that inspires him to seek out the man who had disappeared eight years earlier."Article| Iain Banks| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Quarry
☯ Full Synopsis : "Eighteen-year-old Kit is weird: big, strange, odd, socially disabled, on a spectrum that stretches from "highly gifted" at one end, to "nutter" at the other. At least Kit knows who his father is; he and Guy live together in a decaying country house on the unstable brink of a vast quarry. His mother's identity is another matter. Now, though, his father's dying, and old friends are gathering for one last time. "Uncle" Paul's a media lawyer now; Rob and Ali are upwardly mobile corporate bunnies; pretty, hopeful Pris is a single mother; Haze is still living up to his drug-inspired name twenty years on; and fierce, protective Hol is a gifted if acerbic critic. As young film students they lived at Willoughtree House with Guy, and they've all come back because they want something. Kit, too, has his own ulterior motives. Before his father dies he wants to know who his mother is, and what's on the mysterious tape they're all looking for. But most of all he wants to stop time and keep his father alive. Fast-paced, gripping and savagely funny, The Quarry is a virtuoso performance whose soaring riffs on the inexhaustible marvel of human perception and rage against the dying of the light will stand among Iain Banks' greatest work."Article| Iain M. Banks| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Against a Dark Background
☯ Full Synopsis : "Sharrow was once the leader of a personality-attuned combat team in one of the sporadic little commercial wars in the civilization based around the planet Golter. Now she is hunted by the Huhsz, a religious cult which believes that she is the last obstacle before the faith's apotheosis, and her only hope of escape is to find the last of the apocalyptically powerful Lazy Guns before the Huhsz find her. Her journey through the exotic Golterian system is a destructive and savage odyssey into her past, and that of her family and of the system itself."Article| Iain M. Banks| Statement ..."