The wasp factory was reviled by many reviewers on account of its violence and sadism but applauded by others as a new and scottish voice that is a departure from the english literary tradition the controversy is a bit puzzling in retrospect because there is little to object to in this novel if youre familiar with genre horror. The wasp factory is the first novel by scottish writer iain banks published in 1984before the publication of the wasp factory banks had written several science fiction novels that had not been accepted for publication banks decided to try a more mainstream novel in the hopes that it would be more readily accepted and wrote about a psychopathic teenager living on a remote scottish island. This is the question posed by that most controversial and loved hated novel the lord of the flies the same question is posed in this book too however whereas the canvas was a huge one there in the wasp factory the reader is viewing things under a microscope rather like watching bugs. 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 psychopathmeet 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 id disposed of blyth and . Iain banks speaks to john mullan about his novel the wasp factory and takes questions from the audience at the guardian book club podcast published 18 jul 2008
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