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The Wasp Factory


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ISBN
Macmillan London Limited
1984
Abacus
0 349 10177 9
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Enter - if you can bear it - the extraordinary private world of Frank, 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.'

Why you should (or shouldn't) read this book...

'The Wasp Factory is a first novel not only of tremendous promise, but also of achievement, a minor masterpiece perhaps. There is no label. It is an obsessive novel, a bad dream of a book. Death and blood and gore fill the pages, lightened only by the dark humour, the surreal touches, and the poetry of the thing. There is something foreign and nasty here, an amazing new talent' Punch

'It is a sick, sick world when the confidence and investment of an astute firm of publishers is justified by a work of unparalleled depravity.
'There is no denying the bizarre fertility of the author's imagination: his brilliant dialogue, his cruel humour, his repellent inventiveness. The majority of the literate public, however, will be relieved that only reviewers are obliged to look at any of it.' Irish Times



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