Thread: Canal Dreams. Join Date May 2009 Location Cheshire Posts 162. I re-read Canal Dreams a few weeks ago. After finishing it, I came across some comments that the author made about writing the book. I was surprised to learn, for example, that the background on Japan and Panama in the book was obtained entirely from his reading, not from any first-hand experience. Some of IB's comments were fairly dismissive of his own efforts. It seems to me that the book is under-rated, and if the author himself doesn't regard it very highly it is likely to stay that way.
Canal Dreams. Iain M. Banks, Author. DETAILS When a conflict erupts and the Panama Canal is closed, the ship is forced to drop anchor in Gatun Lake.
Иэн Бэнкс ( Iain Banks) The Bridge, 1986; Espedair Street, 1987; Canal Dreams, 1989; Whit, 1995; Dead Air, 2002; The Steep Approach to Garbadale, 2007. I re-read Canal Dreams a few weeks ago. After finishing it, I came across some comments that the author made about writing the book. Buy Canal Dreams by Iain Banks (ISBN: 9780349139234) from Amazon's Book Store. Free UK delivery on eligible orders.
Canal Dreams is a novel by Scottish writer Iain Banks, published in 1989. Canal Dreams was my first attempt at a political thriller - an action book.
John le Carrй's Tailor of Panama is, I would say, a better and deeper commentary (both funny and horrific) on the murky politics of Panama, but Canal Dreams is nevertheless a worthy effort. For example, writing large sections of a novel from the perspective of a female, middle-aged Japanese cellist must have been a challenge, but as far as I can tell (which probably isn't saying much) it works. (But maybe it was child 's play compared to some of the strange perspectives adopted in parts of the IMB books. ) I don't suppose we have anyone with direct experience of Japanese culture who might be able to comment? I can perceive some flaws - the martial arts stuff seems improbable and, considering that she is a professional musician, there is a strange absence of music in Hisako's meditations. The only piece of real music that makes an appearance is, weirdly enough, Sousa's Liberty Bell.
Once the level of violence begins to rise it's not too hard to anticipate where the spike of the cello is going to end up. I chuckled along when Dandridge made his appearance as the director of operations, thinking that it was a great parody of the paranoid conspiracy theories suggested by people such as Oliver Stone - the view that anything that bad happens in the world can be attributed to the CIA and its stooges. Unfortunately, on reading the interview with IB, I realised that the author wasn't writing a parody but intended that this slant on the politics behind the hijacking was meant to be taken seriously. Anyone else prepared to put in a good word for Canal Dreams. Why don't you go away and read some books.