The Steep Approach to Garbadale
By Iain Banks
He is collecting her, scooping up the crumbs that fall from her mouth, clutching at them, cradling them.
One of Iain Bank’s main strengths comes from writing scenes that he is able to imprint on your mind with such force that they stay there like a branding. If you were to flip anyone’s head open that has ever read one of Iain’s books, I’m sure you would see some of his paragraphs stamped there, smouldering slightly.
The best of these in The Steep Approach to Garbadale is where a woman dies:
Which is okay – it’s not something that grabs you on the dust jacket, but beneath that is a tale of Alban finding, loosing and becoming obsessed by his first love Sophie who just happens, unfortunately for him, to be his cousin.
He just pictured her as the same girl she had always been, but stopped, frozen, paused, something caught in amber.
The whole thing hooks you in; you care about Alban and what lies before him as he scree runs down the steep approach to Garbadale to discover his fate.
Iain Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, THE WASP FACTORY, in 1984. He has since gained enormous popular and critical acclaim for both his mainstream and his science fiction novels.
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