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Review: The Steep Approach to Garbadale

The Steep Approach to Garbadale
Title: The Steep Approach to Garbadale
Author: Iain Banks
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Abacus
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 390
Keywords: fiction
Reading period: 10–11 May, 2009

Alban McGill has a strained re­la­tion­ship with his extended family, the Wopulds, maker of Empire, one of the world’s best­selling games for more than a century. They are being drawn together at their remote Scottish estate, Garbadale, to decide whether to sell the company to a large American company. His cousin Sophie will be there, the one he’s loved from afar for twenty years, since their affair was forcibly broken up.

Banks weaves together multiple strands of Alban’s life, the torrid adolescent love affair, his mother’s early death, the re­nun­ci­a­tion of his career as a glo­be­trot­ting family executive, the odd re­la­tion­ship with his current girlfriend, and the strain of the big reunion. Alban is a likeable if confused pro­tag­o­nist.


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