The Quarry (Anglais) Broché – 20 juin 2013
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Description du produit
Revue de presse
"Some of the funniest writing Banks has ever produced. A writer who has the rare gift of being infallibly entertaining."―The Telegraph
"It's the testimony of a writer refusing to go quietly, Iain Banks has got the last word."―The Sunday Times
"The Quarry is a satisfying end to a fine writing career."―Sunday Express
"The Quarry is an honorable finale to an exciting career."―The Guardian
"This is a novel that's perched at the dangerous edge of things, looking down. It's an urgent novel and an important one."―The Observer
"Iain Banks's gift to us over nearly 30 books, a brilliant, piercing depiction of just how funny, stupid, pointless, infuriating, glorious, mind-bending, and inane life can be. And that's why he's been a constant inspiration to me as a novelist and a human being."―Independent on Sunday
"A powerful and affecting book. The Quarry reaches a pitch of emotion that only a reader made of granite could read without tears."―Sunday Herald
"The Quarry is...a novel shot through with Banks's trademark humor, political engagement, and hope."―The Times, Book of the Week
"In Banks we had a novelist of supreme subtlety and one who...had an irrepressible sense of fun, that is evident on every page of The Quarry."―The Independent
"A compelling, raw book. Well-told, like all his books."―Evening Standard
"The book should comfort his fans in many ways, not least the rather hopeful ending and the almost belligerent way in which Guy remains true to his beliefs. Iain Banks may have just missed seeing his last book on the shelves but he can rest safe in the knowledge that what he has bequeathed us is something very fitting for such a stand-out career."―Express (4 Star Review)
"This is vintage Banks, full of heart, black comedy, and vitriol, and is sure to delight his fans."―Sunday Mirror
"With its deadpan teen narrator and stern rural backdrop, it is hard not to find in The Quarry a trace of Banks's enduring debut novel The Wasp Factory and with it the closing of a literary circle... The Quarry is a fitting valediction."―TLS, review
"Banks was an extraordinary writer; in straight literary fiction and in his science fiction novels, he engaged the world with passion... For good reason, Banks's many fans will devour this book."―Library Journal --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Relié.
Présentation de l'éditeur
Kit doesn't know who his mother is. What he does know, however, is that his father, Guy, is dying of cancer. Feeling his death is imminent, Guy gathers around him his oldest friends - or at least the friends with the most to lose by his death. Paul - the rising star in the Labour party who dreads the day a tape they all made at university might come to light; Alison and Robbie, corporate bunnies whose relationship is daily more fractious; Pris and Haze, once an item, now estranged, and finally Hol - friend, mentor, former lover and the only one who seemed to care.
But what will happen to Kit when Guy is gone? And why isn't Kit's mother in the picture? As the friends reunite for Guy's last days, old jealousies, affairs and lies come to light as Kit watches on.
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I can understand why Banks’ fans did not like the story. It does not have any surreal qualities or any science fiction. The basic plot is that of Guy, a single father, living with his motherless son Kit in a house on the edge of a quarry that is destined to swallow up the property. The rest of the story resembles ‘The Big Chill’: a weekend with old college friends; a suicide or impending death; and unresolved issues. Kit is searching for his mother and the others (except Guy who knows the answers but either lies or refuses to tell) are looking for a mysterious video tape.
I enjoyed the story which I found to be excellent. My only criticism would be the description of autism. There were too many facets drawn in from Asperger’s syndrome, from Autism, from idiot savant descriptions and many others but the result did not fit completely with the behaviors described for Kit. A very high IQ alone would be enough to explain a great deal about Kit. It is lonely at either end of the bell curve. I would highly recommend this book.
From what I’ve read in the other reviews, The Quarry is pretty lowbrow compared to Banks’ other works. I haven’t read any of his other stuff; however, if it’s so 180 degrees from The Quarry, I would probably hate it.
Some have commented on the shallowness of the visiting characters. I don’t think much would have been gained from giving these characters any further depth. It is their interplay with each other and with their dying ringleader that moves the story along and helps to reveal relevant bits of backstory. Doing a deep dive into any of their psyches would have just been a distraction.
My biggest critique would be how clumsily Banks handled almost every aspect of the mystery videotape that the characters want to find and suppress. When it is finally revealed why the characters would be embarrassed about its contents, I was somewhat let down. (I was hoping for something more scandalously unconventional, I suppose.) When the tape is located, the hiding place is so absurd that it cries out for explanation, but none is offered. (Banks, knowing he had no elegant way to explain it, actually has his characters take an informal lopsided vote against seeking an explanation. I suppose the one character who voted for an explanation is meant to represent us, the readers.) This “elephant in the room” suggests that the resolution of the search for the tape was deliberately rushed so that story could move on to the disposition of the tape.
Having the mystery tape turn out to be a MacGuffin was disappointing. However, the journey to that realization is an entertaining one.
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