Dark family secrets, a long-lost love affair, and a multi-million dollar gaming business lie at the heart of Iain Banks' fabulous new novel. The Wopuld family built their fortune on a board game called Empire now a wildly successful computer game. So successful the American Spraint Corporation want to buy the Wopulds out. Alban, who has been evading the family tentacles for the last few years, thinks Spraint should be treated with suspicion but he also has other things on his mind. What drove his mother to take her own life? And is he yet over Sophie, his teenage love, who’ll be present at the forthcoming family gathering part birthday party, part extraordinary general meeting in their highland castle? Full of his trademark warmth, humanity, and inventiveness, this wonderfully vivid story of family turmoil, compromised loyalties, and hidden origins is as compelling as vintage Iaian Banks. Abridged.
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Iain Banks is the author of such titles as The Algebraist, Crow Road, and The Wasp Factory. He writes science fiction under the name Iain M. Banks.From Publishers Weekly :
The latest offering from Banks (The Wasp Factory) gives a scion's-eye view of an eccentric, splintering Scottish business family. Having secured immense wealth via the Empire! board game (invented by a relative in 1880) and its various offshoots, the Wopuld family must now decide whether to sell the company: the American Spraint Corporation wants Empire! as a jewel in its crown. As the family gathers to celebrate matriarch Grandma Win's 80th birthday and have a board meeting, Win dispatches grandson Fielding to find his cousin Alban, who has fled the family to become a forester, in order to solidify her vision of the family legacy. Banks flashes back through Alban's painful memories of his mother (who committed suicide) and his cousin Sophie (whom he loved) as he heads home. The book contains a plethora of family secrets, none of which fully drive the plot, but the gothic setting, big passions and light humor suffice. Bank's 23rd book isn't his best, but it carries one all the way up its craggy steeps. (Oct.)
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Description du livre Little Brown Uk, 2007. Compact Disc. État : Brand New. abridged edition. 5.25x5.00x1.50 inches. In Stock. N° de réf. du libraire zk1405501251