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Espedair Street av Iain Banks
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Espedair Street (urspr publ 1987; utgåvan 1992)

av Iain Banks

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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.… (mer)
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Titel:Espedair Street
Författare:Iain Banks
Info:Firebird Distributing (1992), Paperback, 368 pages
Samlingar:VML / WCF Library
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Espedair Street av Iain Banks (1987)

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In the 90s I was shagging left and right but after a while I wanted to spend some time on Christmas without girl distractions because of my exams in January. I knew that the TV would be dreadful for the Christmas period. So I decided to go to the library for some books. Looking through the shelves I tried to pick things that would not be more upsetting. Then I came across “Espedair Street”. Iain Banks! I thought, just the thing. At least there won't be some happy ending that would be quite unbearable. At least I can depend on Banks not to inflict that on me. So I read it, drank plenty of beer, was getting through Christmas pretty well all round. And then, at the end, he sets off on the train to Mallaig to try to find his long lost love...I said to myself: WTF? And then he gets to the little village she is living in she is not home. But someone tells him that she is in the village hall. So he goes there and she is putting up Christmas decorations. And it turns out that she had been hoping he would ask her to go away with him when the band took off... And they have a happy every after re-union... AT FUCKING CHRISTMAS!!!! I was laughing my ass off. But I had genuinely taken it out of the library because I thought it was a safe bet not to have a romantic happy ending. What are the chances, and all that?

I've always viewed it as being like a mirror to 'It's a Wonderful Life'. The one where George got out of Bedford Falls and made something of himself. But what he made wasn't what it could have been if he'd never left... Or something. It's a quite grey and downbeat in mood novel, as the narrator looks back over his life ... but that final image, of the small child riding around on a tricycle festooned with multi-coloured ribbons…



NB: I should have read the "M"-Banks, and not the without-"M"-Banks… ( )
  antao | Sep 5, 2020 |
quietly introspective look at a man who gets carried away on the tide of his own life, until it stops. and then he's got to decide what he wants, what he's responsible for, and how to get there. ( )
1 rösta macha | Nov 4, 2018 |
The best book about a fictional rock band ever written. Warm and funny it is probably the best thing Banks ever wrote and also my own favourite novel. Ever. ( )
  David.Manns | Nov 28, 2016 |
The best rock & roll novel I've ever read.
Full of hope and despair (hmm, think that's what that title word is all about?), quirky humor and brilliant wit.
This is one of Banks' earlier books, and one of the last that I haven't yet read by him. He's just always excellent. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
I first heard of "Espedair Street" when it made a list of "100 Books to read before you die". By the time I'd made it a few chapters in, I was beginning to question whether "Espedair Street's" inclusion on the list was a joke by the compliers, or whether they firmly believed that seemingly non-entities are considered "must-reads".

So, basically this is about an old Scottish musician who wanders around Scotland, hears about the deaths of his former band mates and finds the plot amble towards an unsatisfying conclusion. Others may enjoy it more. ( )
  MiaCulpa | May 15, 2015 |
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Guilt. The Big G, the Catholic faith's greatest gift to humankind and its subspecies, psychiatrists ... well, I guess that's putting it a little too harshly; I've met a lot of Jews, and they seem to have just as hard a time of it as we do, and they've been around longer, so maybe it wasn't the Church's invention ... but I maintain it developed the concept more fully than anybody else; it was the Japan of guilt, taking somebody else's product and mass-producing it, refining it, fine-tuning it, optimising its performance and giving it a life-time guarantee.
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Please distinguish between this Work, Iain Banks' novel Espedair Street (1987), and its BBC radio adaptation directed by Dave Batchelor (1998). Thank you.
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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.

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