Isis Whit is no ordinary teenager An innocent in the ways of the world, an ingenue when it comes to fashion, she does however rejoice in some neat healing powers, a way with animals and the exalted status of Elect of God of the Luskentyrian Sect Part of the 1995 Scottish Book Fortnight promotion.
Whit Isis Whit is no ordinary teenager An innocent in the ways of the world an ingenue when it comes to fashion she does however rejoice in some neat healing powers a way with animals and the exalted st
I m a sucker for fictional religions, and Banks is brilliant at inventing them Luskentyrianism is his best effort yet If the thing you liked most in Cat s Cradle was Bokononism, you may well enjoy this book too The charming young heroine, Isis, is the Elect of God, and terribly matter of fact about it it s remarkable how quickly you get used to almost anything at all, and find it normal Someone s got to be the Elect of God Why not me I particularly enjoyed the scene where she got all indignant a [...]
Maybe a 4 star I m still digesting.Review to come.The review has arrived If we could give stars to individual characters, I d give Isis, the narrator of Iain Banks novel, five, which is why I m revising my initial rating of the book as a whole to four stars.The novel begins in the religious community of High Easter Offerance, the base of the Luskentyrians, a sort of Amish like sect that has rejected much of modern civilization The community is ruled by Salvador, its founder, and Isis is his gran [...]
Whit is one of the funniest books that I have read, I think being an Indian helped me to really get all the funny parts The founder of the cult is Scottish, he has been rescued by two Indian women These ladies have a holy of hollies which is something called slonjish or something like that read the book sometime ago a tiny bit of paste, hardened and brownish Nobody can touch it or even look at it As I was thinking about this slonjish I realized that it was an old remedy called Sloans Liliment, u [...]
I liken Iain Banks along with all writers who may resemble him to a student inspired to be recognized as a prolific writer To fulfil his ambition, with dogged determination, he applies to a publishing company submitting all the samples of his works The top banana is impressed by his latent talent, but turns him down because he finds Banks works subjective to plagiarism Nevertheless, he will be given a chance to work for the company as a prot g , commissioned to write a story for a literary magaz [...]
I don t think I ve ever misjudged a book so badly in my life I had completely different expectations when I started off I was expecting a raging tirade concerning the folly of religion, the blindness of the human race, the contradictions between cold hard logic and warm fuzzy faith I couldn t have been wrong There was definitely a level of satire here, a warm touch which I noticed is common to Scottish writers, and something which I definitely have a great appreciation for.The story follows an [...]
The thing I have noticed in Iain Banks contemporary non culture novels is how quite different they all really are Yes, Iain had a great style and a unique way of crafting a tale, usually showing us some great inconsistencies, hypocrisies and wrongness within our society, no doubt, but each tale deals with different things showing us than anything what a quite unique and varied imagination he most certainly had I have not read all of his books, I still have many left to read and I have read quit [...]
Enjoyable enough, after a slow start, but not one of his best.
Iain Banks does Breaking Amish Isis Whit, or The Blessed Very Reverend Gaia Marie Isis Saraswati Minerva Mirza Whit of Luskentyre, Beloved Elect of God III, to give her her full name, is a happy, devoted and revered member of the Luskentyrian faith an entirely made up religious cult in a remote ish part of Scotland Isis, as the Granddaughter of their Great Founder and a third generation Leapyearian born on February 29th is beloved and respected by the entire Community So much so, that who other [...]
haydenwritesthings.wordpress.cI bought my copy of Iain Banks Whit at my local market for 25p, and I m very glad I bought it.As soon as I saw it I knew it was something special I ve worked at that market for around six years SIX YEARS now and, until Whit, hadpurchased only one other item I read the back and it didn t really appeal to me 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 c [...]
I have read all of Iain Banks novels and I read Whit first of all when it was first published in 1986 I re read it over the weekend to write this review.Whit is a very whimsical story, and is a great escape It is set in the lowlands of Scotland, this time close to Sterling where in an old mansion house, a christian sect led by Salvador Whit live out a peaceful communal idyll.The story is about Isis Whit who is Salvador s granddaughter, who is set a mission to track down her cousin Morag who left [...]
This was a phenomenally good read Based around an obscure religious sect in Stirlingshire, we follow the character Isis Elect of God on a journey through the Order s past, combined with a quest to find a lapsed member and return her to the fold I quickly warmed to the character of Isis, a nineteen year old with enviable courage and a somewhat unworldly but interesting moral compass I was moved by her predicaments and dilemmas, and endeared to her by her way of dealing with them The story continu [...]
I ve owned this book for ages, and finally got around reading it I have a tendency to read English paperbacks when I m traveling abroad, and very rarely otherwise this book accompanied me to Amsterdam.It s all about Isis, a Scottish teenager, who is a member of a weird religious cult Not just a member, though Isis is actually their Elect of God She is tasked with a duty to journey to London to find an apostate cousin and to bring her back to the faith.It s not an easy task, and while working at [...]
Reading this as a straightforward adventure instead of a satire, which was suggested on the back cover but always makes me think I should be hearing sarcasm in the entire text helped me to enjoy this book once I got past the first few chapters I liked the main character, Isis, in all her stubborn, naive, resilient, asexual charm Having been too squeamish to make it through The Wasp Factory, I was somehow surprised to find Banks was so good at portraying a believable 18 year old woman I thought t [...]
A noirish detective story written from the perspective of a naive, 19 year old cult member who sleuths her way through the squats, free parties, student digs, porn cinemas and care homes of early 90s Britain Yes please Luskentyrianism is a fantastically interesting and as the creation of a hardcore atheist, weirdly appealing fictional religion, the protagonist s lack of worldliness makes for great satire, and the book is stuffed with memorable, interesting characters The plot is a real page turn [...]
Just finished Whit by Iain Banks What a fantastic book The quality of the writing leapt out at me compared to recent audiobooks I have had It s funny, sinister and revealing all at the same time but well worth a read.The subject matter was of interest anyway but it s a good commentary on cults religions and the control involved That doesn t sound all that exciting but, trust me, after the first few chapters it picks up
This book started out quite droll for me and I struggled to get into the book By about halfway I knew where the book and the main character Isis was heading and I was constantly reminded of Animal Farm It was an enjoyable book and the first I have ever read of Iain Banks and I may read another of his but I am not sure The book was predictable for me, enjoyable and funny in parts but was just not on the mark.
Banks tries hard to give his heroine a convincing voice but doesn t manage it, and the comic book eccentricity of every single character is grating by the overdue end But the book speaks eloquently about cults and religion in general, and there s a good quota of laughs tucked away there, too.
I will treasure forever the image of Isis Whit, Elect of God, floating to Edinburgh in an inner tube.
A solid read from Banks As per usual.
In Banks words Whit is a book about religion and culture written by a dedicated evangelical atheist I thought I was very kind to them Essentially, Isis makes the recognition that the value of the Luskentyrian cult is in their community values rather than their religious ones She recognises that efficiency isn t everything, that people not profit are what matters And it s true, he is kind to them, although mostly, I feel, because, as he says himself, the emphasis is on the community values rather [...]
Whit 1995 Banks gift is to get into the head of his main character and be able to think and speak like that character Sometimes you get the feeling that his books are born by him waking up one morning and thinking Now that would be a difficult but interesting character to get to know This is Banks in the mind of a girl who has been born into and brought up in a religious sect, being trained to,one day, be its leader She is not that naive that she should believe that some of the sects beliefs hav [...]
The Very Reverend Isis Whit takes it in her stride that she is the Elect of God and destined in inherit responsibility for guiding the Luskentyrian religious community in its path of righteousness After all, she is the grand daughter of His Holiness Salvador Whit, the Founder and OverSeer of the sect, and importantly, was born on the most auspicious date of 29 February She is also 19 years of age and is happy to presume that the mantle of leadership will not adorn her for some time yet, as long [...]
About two thirds of the way through this book, densely packed with the customs and practices of the Luskentyrian sect and the guidance for it found in the Orthography, I found myself marvelling at the creative energy that must have been expended creating Whit s world And at the same time I was perplexed because, especially when a book is about a cult like community, you expect the allegory it is meant to convey to be explicit I comforted myself with the belief that all would become clear by the [...]
When Whit s cousin loses the faith, it comes down to Whit to bring her back into the Cult s fold From there it turns into so much Whit is a very likable character with some pretty strange notions of the world we unsaved live in There were times I had to laugh out loud, but most of the time I was so engrossed in the story I just couldn t stop reading It is a marvelous romp through a small religion s teachings and history with many twists and turns along the way If you liked The Bridge, you are g [...]
I would place Whit up with The Crow Road, Complicity and Walking On Glass as one of Iain Banks s stronger works of fiction Dialogue up to the usual high and witty standard, Scottish accents laid bare on the page, but tackling cults and belief and self image This was a pretty good read which I d recommend to most people.
Overall I quite liked this but at times it really irritated me Isis didn t ring true for me, considering her upbringing and her beliefs she accepted the real world way too easily Made me laugh in a few places, and the title, in particular, will always be a source of amusement for me.
Absolutely loved this book, first time in ages I ve stayed up until far too late in the morning reading as I just couldn t put this down I feel it has a lot to tell all of us about the nature if life and how we choose to manage our way through it, definitely thought provoking.
Thoroughly enjoyable morality, as desnsely described and accurately emoted as any Iain Banks.
An odd story really about a cult and its succession story Not the best Iain Banks book I have read but it still engaging and easy to read.