Ì Espedair Street ¼ Download by À Iain Banks

Ì Espedair Street ¼ Download by À Iain Banks Was less thrilling than other Iain Banks I have read Still enjoyed it and thought it was interesting I am from the West of Scotland so it was fun hearing certain places mentioned I really liked how it switched to during his rockstar years to after his rockstar years.
After learning about the untimely passing of Iain Banks a few years ago, I made it a task that I would finish reading his quite substantial body of work, both his contemporary novels of which I had read several over the years, starting with the infamous Wasp Factory back in the very early 1990 s and his Science Fiction based ones, written under Iain M Banks In fact I had started on the Culture novels before I learned he was dying He was a great writer, his contemporary, mainstream books all usually contain some dry humour and wit, along with quite bizarre plots, protagonists and a usual twist Espedair Street is no exception, but it is of a straightforward wellmaybe not quite so tale, lacking the twists compared to say, The Crow Road for example.
It deals with a working class Glaswegian y They re supposedly just friends But now they re lying naked on the beach together, looking up at the stars with no one else in sight, and he s trying to find a tactful way to explain how he feels about her This kind of thing seems to happen frequently to rock stars than it does to me Luckily, she s a practical girl with good night vision Are you pointing at anything in particular she asks.
First of all, this is NOT a book by Iain M Banks it s by Iain Banks in other words, it s fiction, not science fiction Second, why he s so difficult to find in the US I ll never know Every book I ve read is just good, solid fiction writing, equal to Julian Barnes, Robertson Davies and many other top echelon writers.
Espedair Street is a real street, but it barely figures in this tale of Wierd, the stage name for one Daniel Weir in school he was Weir, D get it He s the lyricist and bassist for Frozen Gold, a hugely successful rock band in the 70s 80s until their lead guitarist dies Told partly in flashbacks of his days with FG and partly in his present guise as Jimmy Hay, caretaker of St Jute s, the folly that Weird bought, drinking h Just brilliant I love Iain Banks books I laughed I thought I cried I walked in another s shoes You can t ask for.



At first I was wondering what all the fuss was about, why some friends thought this was Banks masterpiece It seemed a fairly simple tale of a rock star looking back from the dizzy heights of his early thirties on his life so far with the way his band was formed and how he felt about it now But gradually I realised there was to it than that, the book s structure complex and the layers within the plot intriguing As Danny s life was revealed, so I became fascinated with the characters he knew and the life style he led then and now I appreciated the hints Banks left occasionally about tragedies and dramatic events yet to be told I was hooked I wanted to know about the band, Frozen Gold, and the lad himself Was he based on Mick Fleetwood physically and past habits , Fish from Marillion as Banks once claimed or another rock star of the 1970 80s It s difficult to say too much abou Another great book from Banks I ve read a few Biography auto biography type books about rock bands including the Stones, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and David Bowie This had a lot of the same elements to it, but with an honesty that the others can t match I want to quote a little piece from near the end of the book To me, this portion of a long, run on sentence, is the entire point of what Banks was trying to say with Espedair Street it felt like faith, like revelation that things went on, that life ground on regardless, and mindless, and produced pain and pleasure and hope and fear and joy and dispair, and you were lucky and sometimes you weren t, and sometimes you could plan your way ahead and that would be the right thing to have done, but other times all you could do was forget about plans and just be r No, sorry, I just didn t buy it I think setting up his narrator as a former big name in the world of late sixties early seventies rock, operating in the same arena as Zepp and Hendrix, was a bad move We can read biographies autobiographies of actual rock mega stars and their debauched shenanigans so a fictional narrative is never going to cut it for me I rather read a story about the ones that didn t make it big That would be much believable.
I ve always been impressed by Iain M Banks range Whether he s writing about an hermaphroditic serial killer and his her mechanical wasp oracle, a man in a coma living a second life on a vast hyperreal bridge of the mind, a bored gamer compelled by artificial intelligences to play the ultimate game on a distant planet, or a brilliant woman whose place in an omnipotent corporation takes her to a kingdom in the Himalayas, Banks always maintains his artistry and deliberate social relevance without compromising entertainment Despite Banks excellence, however, his books tend to be too edgy for mainstream audiences My biggest challenge has been finding the right work to pass on to my friends, to ease them into the mind of Banks, to prepare them for his challenging works and the intellectual challenges that often lie in wait That novel is Espedair Street It isn t just close to mainstream, it is Daniel Weir Used To Be A Famous Not To Say Infamous Rock Star Maybe Still Is At Thirty One He Has Been Both A Brilliant Failure And A Dull Success He S Made A Lot Of Mistakes That Have Paid Off And A Lot Of Smart Moves He Ll Regret Forever However Long That Turns Out To Be Daniel Weir Has Gone From Rags To Riches And Back, And Managed To Hold Onto Them Both, Though Not Much Else His Friends All Seem To Be Dead, Fed Up With Him Or Just Disgusted And Who Can Blame Them And Now Daniel Weir Is All Alone As He Contemplates His Life, Daniel Realises He Only Has Two Problems The Past And The Future He Knows How Bad The Past Has Been But The Future Well, The Future Is Something Else

Iain Banks

Ì Espedair Street ¼ Download by À Iain Banks Iain M Banks.Banks s father was an officer in the Admiralty and his mother was once a professional ice skater Iain Banks was educated at the University of Stirling where he studied English Literature, Philosophy and Psychology He moved to London and lived in the south of England until 1988 when he returned to Scotland, living in Edinburgh and then Fife.Banks met his wife Annie in London, before the release of his first book They married in Hawaii in 1982 However, he announced in early 2007 that, after 25 years together, they had separated He lived most recently in North Queensferry, a town on the north side of the Firth of Forth near the Forth Bridge and the Forth Road Bridge.As with his friend Ken MacLeod another Scottish writer of technical and social science fiction a strong awareness of left wing history shows in his writings The argument that an economy of abundance renders anarchy and adhocracy viable or even inevitable attracts many as an interesting potential experiment, were it ever to become testable He was a signatory to the Declaration of Calton Hill, which calls for Scottish independence.In late 2004, Banks was a prominent member of a group of British politicians and media figures who campaigned to have Prime Minister Tony Blair impeached following the 2003 invasion of Iraq In protest he cut up his passport and posted it to 10 Downing Street In an interview in Socialist Review he claimed he did this after he abandoned the idea of crashing my Land Rover through the gates of Fife dockyard, after spotting the guys armed with machine guns He related his concerns about the invasion of Iraq in his book Raw Spirit, and the principal protagonist Alban McGill in the novel The Steep Approach to Garbadale confronts another character with arguments in a similar vein.Interviewed on Mark Lawson s BBC Four series, first broadcast in the UK on 14 November 2006, Banks explained why his novels are published under two different names His parents wished to name him Iain Menzies Banks but his father made a mistake when registering the birth and he was officially registered as Iain Banks Despite this he continued to use his unofficial middle name and it was as Iain M Banks that he submitted The Wasp Factory for publication However, his editor asked if he would mind dropping the M as it appeared too fussy The editor was also concerned about possible confusion with Rosie M Banks, a minor character in some of P.G Wodehouse s Jeeves novels who is a romantic novelist After his first three mainstream novels his publishers agreed to publish his first SF novel, Consider Phlebas To distinguish between the mainstream and SF novels, Banks suggested the return of the M , although at one stage he considered John B Macallan as his SF pseudonym, the name deriving from his favourite whiskies Johnnie Walker Black Label and The Macallan single malt.His latest book was a science fiction SF novel in the Culture series, called The Hydrogen Sonata, published in 2012.Author Iain M Banks revealed in April 2013 that he had late stage cancer He died the following June.The Scottish writer posted a message on his official website saying his next novel The Quarry, due to be published later this year , would be his last The Quarry was published in June 2013.