The Wasp Factory




'Three. I haven't killed anybody for years, and don't intend to ever again. It was just a stage I was going through.'

This book is mental and rather graphically violent (although not American Psycho violent luckily). Outsider Frank struggles with his own identity, complicated by a childhood accident and the fact he doesn't legally exist. His families mental problems leave him feeling pretty normal even with his own 'quirks' (murder, war games and animal sacrifices...).

It's a credit to Bank's writing that sometimes you feel sorry for Frank, and you always want to know what happens to him. It's not a comfortable read, but it's not meant to be. It's also left me a little scared of children that play war!

A Gothic horror story of quite exceptional quality...macabre, bizarre and...quite impossible to put down (FINANCIAL TIMES)

Have you read it before? What did you think?

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