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Espedair Street 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

  • Title: Espedair Street
  • Author: Iain Banks
  • ISBN: 9780316858557
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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, thouDaniel 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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    1. Brad on said:

      I’ve always been impressed by Iain (M.) Banks range. Whether he’s writing about an hermaphroditic serial killer and his/her mechanical wasp oracle, a man in a coma living a second life on a vast hyperreal bridge of the mind, a bored gamer compelled by artificial intelligences to play the ultimate game on a distant planet, or a brilliant woman whose place in an omnipotent corporation takes her to a kingdom in the Himalayas, Banks always maintains his artistry and deliberate social relevance w [...]

    2. Laura on said:

      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 [...]

    3. Manny on said:

      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 more 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.

    4. Drake on said:

      Iain Banks is rapidly becoming one of my newest favorite authors. Mixing a simple, crisp, and clean writing style with a subversive sense of humor, Banks transforms even the most outrageous tales into believable personal narratives. In Espedair Street, he again delivers a poignant tale of an over-the-hill rockstar (in his 30s) who is twiddling his life away in a drunken haze after the demise of his band. The usual class conscious Banks effortlessly pulls the protagonist, a bassist/songwriter Dan [...]

    5. Kevin on said:

      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, more 'mainstream' bo [...]

    6. Ron on said:

      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 more to it than that, the book's structure more complex and the layers within the plot more intriguing. As Danny's life was revealed, so I became more fascinated with t [...]

    7. F on said:

      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.

    8. Simon Mcleish on said:

      Originally published on my blog here in September 2003.Ever since I first read it, not long after it first came out, Espedair Street has been one of my favourite Iain Banks novels. It is his first more or less mainstream novel, neither experimental nor genre fiction, and every time I read it it still manages to amuse and move me.Espedair Street is a novel which is pretending to be a rock star autobiography; the story of (fictional) seventies band Frozen Gold as told by bass player and song write [...]

    9. Benjamin Richards on said:

      I would have preferred to give it 4.5 stars as but 4 are too few, so 5 it is. I didn't quite know what to expect, I thought the dialogue and the narrative would be quirkier and then I saw when it was written - it surprised me. It seems to me that here in Paisley, Glasgow with its wall's held up by graffiti, Irvine Welsh could easily have drawn inspiration. The only other Iain Banks book I'd read was 'A Song of Stone' (hardback) many years ago, too many years ago, meaning too few years of me, to [...]

    10. Jday on said:

      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." felt like faith, like revelation: that things went on, t [...]

    11. Col on said:

      Iain Banks is simply my favourite Scottish author. From the first novel to the last I loved his books. His death in June of this year was a tragic loss to Scottish writing but he left a wonderful legacy. So I can’t envisage my country in books without an Iain Banks novel. I picked Espedair Street for three reasons – firstly Daniel Weir the main character is the most fantastic of anti-heroes, secondly it’s a brilliant tale of sex, drugs, rock and roll so what’s not to love about it and th [...]

    12. Mark Speed on said:

      I loved this novel. As with The Wasp Factory, I have my younger brother to thank. We were both keen musicians in our day, and he was a bassist - as is the protagonist of this story.It's a first-person recollection by the bassist in a successful supergroup. He was the driving creative person, but always felt a little alien because he wasn't part of the original line-up, and came from a poor working-class background; whereas they're all middle-class. When we meet Daniel Weir he's living as a reclu [...]

    13. Clare Neilson on said:

      Yet another solid classic from Banksy. It's so hard to write a book about music no one has ever heard, but this comes very, very close to getting the songs in your head without ever hearing a note. The mood of the book goes from grim to elation and down again steeply. Banksy has a wicked way with writing character deaths and there's a couple in here you wouldn't believe would be possible, but everything is set up just so, making them as real as any others.A rock "legend" in hiding the lead chara [...]

    14. Rachel Louise Atkin on said:

      There is nothing I can fault about Banks' prose. The characters and voices that he creates are always so amazing and interesting, and it's something I'd love to replicate in my own writing.This is about an old rockstar who's going through a midlife crisis, and we follow him as he reminisces on his life in the band and on tour. It's awesome and funny, and at times thought provoking.I didn't love this as much as The Wasp Factory because the story wasn't as insane, but Banks is someone I really wan [...]

    15. Owain Lewis on said:

      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 more believable.

    16. Alastair Ball on said:

      This was a strange book to read. It's 50% about a reclusive rock star and 50% about being a rock star and you don't get enough of either. The book really should have told one story or the other. You don't get enough of a sense of any character other than the main character because there is not enough of them in it. Lots of good ideas but failed to deliver on them. Still love the way Iain Banks writies

    17. Stacie on said:

      I'm so glad that when I asked for recommendations on a good "first" Iain Banks novel to read, I had forgotten that I had read (and didn't enjoy) Wasp Factory. If I had remembered, I would have missed out on this wonderful book. From the start I absolutely loved the voice. The story was funny and sad and I truly cared about Weird's story.

    18. Sen Ita on said:

      I enjoyed this life affirming honest fictional biopic of a disappointed rock star and his search for meaning but not one of my favourites by Iain Banks.

    19. Helen Cooley on said:

      Iain Banks must be one of the most diverse, imaginative authors I've read. You never know what to expect when you pick up one of his books, but you know it will probably be a slightly weird, and rather brilliant story, with a touch of black humour.Espedair Street is the least challenging/weird of his books that I've read so far, but no less of an excellent read.Following the rise and fall of Daniel Weir (stage name Weird), a 70s prog rock star, we follow his story from council estate Glasgow chi [...]

    20. Ed Hatfield on said:

      Having just looked at Iain Banks's bibliography I noticed how relatively early in his career this particular novel was written. It's good - it's good fiction with his usual very high quality dialogue, excellent immersion into Scottish culture - but it also has a certain melodrama that slips off elsewhere in his better books.This is still good - maybe I'm just a harsher critic of Iain Banks's books for having read so many of them. As an isolated point this is a decent read but in context it feels [...]

    21. Nigel on said:

      I thought I might struggle with this, as the first chapter seems like a mass of waffle, however, it changes in the second chapter and comes together to form into a wonderful journey following the teens and twenties of a talented, but highly insecure songwriter. Warmly written, with many sad and many, dare I say, funny bits. It has been compared to a Tony Parsons or Nick Hornby, which, while I can see comparisons does it a disservice.

    22. Vanda Denton on said:

      I have read a lot of books by Iain Banks and generally enjoy them very much, apart from the small passages of ‘weird stuff’. Fans will know what I mean. Some will love it. Some, like me, will continue to appreciate the high quality of his work in spite of it.In this book, Banks takes his character, Daniel Weir, on a fascinating journey in life, from messed-up teens to rock star and crashing failure. He does so with atmosphere and humour.

    23. Sue on said:

      I'm really fond of Iain Banks' work, both the sci fi and the non-sci fi, both of which tend a bit to the absurd. This book explains how a once-successful -- but not at all down-on-his-luck -- rock star decided to commit suicide in the sea on the west side of Iona (I know that beach!) and then changed his mind. You may never meet a more entertaining bunch of hard-drinking, hard-playing Scots, much of the action taking place in Glasgow.

    24. Martin on said:

      This was my first foray into Iain Banks after meaning to read him for a long time. It was an enjoyable book, took me a while to get through as I kept putting it down and picking it up again but this was more my state of mind than the writing.

    25. David Fox on said:

      Interesting Fictional biography of the main writer performer of a rock band. Illustrating the start, life and end of the band - the crazy activities in those times and post band flat-line, ordinary life looks grey. Then the low point

    26. Stephen on said:

      It didn't capture my attention enough, so stopped about half way through. Just not my cup of tea

    27. Mike Franklin on said:

      MF:A very good read and certainly the easiest, most accessible of any of Banks' mainstream work that I've read so far.Strangely when I look back at the book it seems like it should have been disappointing; very little actually happens and there's not much plot. In fact the book really just bumbles along on its two different timelines (past and present), but within that bumbling is a gloriously richly painted main character and the story is filled with lots of excellent and fun vignettes. Also ul [...]

    28. Libby on said:

      Review originally published on throughthewardrobedoor.wordpressFocussed on the life of a rock star, the story is told in a series of flashbacks, as well as flashbacks within flashbacks, and what I loved about this method is the sense of reality that’s created. The storyline is not a linear progression detailing a ‘rags to riches’ story. Instead it is Dan Weir, the thirty year old rock has-been, telling the story in his words as he remembers it – rather a story of ‘riches to rags to ric [...]

    29. Joe Feeney on said:

      I remember picking up this book at Heathrow while nursing a hangover; covering a Rudolph-esque spot (a pimple as they say in the colonies); and a red Nokia back to health after a 5 year jaunt in England. It had a picture of a bad Les Paul copy. It had to be ok, right?I had the constant, nagging feeling that Banks had just finished a biography of post Peter Green Fleetwood Mac and thought, "Fuck it. Why not?". It's a compelling story. I get it.BUTFrozen Gold is the band's name. Really?I can't ima [...]

    30. Charlie on said:

      All the while I was reading this I was waiting for that moment where there would be the unexpected twist, the turn to the weird and the strange. I was waiting for the moment that I’ve come to expect from Iain Banks where he takes the story in an entirely different direction than the one you were expecting and make you reel from the surprise and the delight of it all.But that moment never came and the only Weird in this story is the main character’s nickname. Danny Weir (Weir, D=Weird) is an [...]

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