A little knowledge can be a very dangerous thing. Innocent in the ways of the world, an ingenue when it comes to pop and fashion, the Elect of God of...more
A little knowledge can be a very dangerous thing. Innocent in the ways of the world, an ingenue when it comes to pop and fashion, the Elect of God of a small but committed Stirlingshire religious cult: Isis Whit is no ordinary teenager. When her cousin Morag - Guest of Honour at the Luskentyrian's four- yearly Festival of Love - disappears after renouncing her faith, Isis is marked out to venture among the Unsaved and bring the apostate back into the fold. But the road to Babylondon (as Sister Angela puts it) is a treacherous one, particularly when Isis discovers that Morag appears to have embraced the ways of the Unsaved with spectacular abandon. Truth and falsehood; kinship and betrayal; 'herbal' cigarettes and compact discs - Whit is an exploration of the techno-ridden barrenness of modern Britain from a unique perspective. less
One of my absolute favorite Iain Banks' books expressing his typical style of the slightly absurd, but still realistic strangeness of people and the world. The atmosphere of the book is wonderful and it stays with you as an example of how you would like books to make you feel. Naturally, I would also recommend other Iain Banks' books: he is genial!
I found this more of a lightly entertaining time-filler, than a really good read. The satire is enjoyable but nothing genius about it, and while the plot moves easily and at a good pace, it isn't especially inspiring. Just okay for me.