The Quarry by Iain M. Banks

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6 Critic Reviews

...The Quarry is not his best book, and may not even make it onto my list of his top three...
-NPR

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.

 

About Iain M. Banks

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Iain Banks came to controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, The Wasp Factory, in 1984. Consider Phlebas, his first science fiction novel, was published under the name Iain M. Banks in 1987. He is now widely acclaimed as one of the most powerful, innovative and exciting writers of his generation.
 
Published June 25, 2013 by Redhook. 332 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 6 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 2

Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Justin Cartwright on Mar 23 2014

In fact as the voice of the novel, he is improbably articulate and his accounts of the weekend are numbingly prolix. Although this is some way from being in the first rank of of his books, Banks's many admirers will undoubtedly be grateful for the book and its occasional flashes of brilliance.

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Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on Mar 18 2014

And yet, like all Banks's fiction that I have read, there is an underlying charm, almost a kind of innocence in the whole set-up and execution. For all its dark resonances, both deliberate and undeliberate...there is something so damned likable about it all. Which is, I hasten to add, a good thing.

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Reviewed by Alex Preston on Jun 16 2013

This is a novel that's perched at the dangerous edge of things, looking down. It's an urgent novel and an important one and, finally, it's all just so desperately sad.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Theo Tait on Jun 14 2013

This is an honest, low-key evocation of the void opening up beneath a life, filled with memorable lines: "That's the thing about cancer; it's all yours...The Quarry is an honourable finale to an exciting career.

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NPR

Above average
Reviewed by Ellah Allfrey on Jun 29 2013

...The Quarry is not his best book, and may not even make it onto my list of his top three...

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Financial Times

Good
Reviewed by Michael Prodger on Jun 21 2013

...it is impossible not to read the novel as a work of autobiography...his equivalent of a cancer memoir...Because of this, and because it represents the conclusion of a distinctive literary life, the book is not a minor piece at all.

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