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.