So much semen is spurted and wiped on the dashboard instrument panels that I ceased after awhile to wonder or care how our motorists could even read the dials.
So many commas and clauses litter the paragraphs like so many slashed half-moon rubber tires lining the interstate that one hopes Ballard did not race past the tollbooths and rob the inventors of co...more
Having said this, this book is less satisfying than it ought to be. Lengthy, graphic descriptions of sex and violence are appropriately graphic yet inappropriately lengthy to the p...more
Crash is easily the most daring and revol...more
Now I've always considered myself a man with a strong stomach. Although Crash contains its fai...more
...we live in a world ruled by fictions of every kind - mass-merchandizing, advertising, politics conducted as a branch of advertising, the pre-empting of any original response to experience by the television screen. We live inside an enormous novel. It is now less and less necessary for the writer to invent the fictional content of his novel. The fiction is already there. The writer's task is to invent the reality.
I disliked this book so intensely that I feel I have to warn people. I bought this book because Amazon recommended it after I rated some of Chuck Palahniuk's books. Their writing...more
The story is told through the eyes of the narrator, named after the author, who meets 'nightmare angel of the expressways...more
Saying that, and living in Los Angeles, cars are totally ertoic. And I imagine a car accidnet is some sort of release of some sort. There is nothing more terrifying then twisted car m...more
Some people find the book a little cold and detached -- but that's the whole point -- Ballard is not a Garcia Marquez, he's not painting a romantic picture full of pastels(I'm not knock...more
If this is a w...more
I'm going to guess that most readers pick this one up with some knowledge of the content, which involves the intersection (pun oh so painfully intended) of automobiles, traffic accidents, and eroticism. Our narrator (coincidentally named James Ballard) gets into a car accident with another vehicle containing a couple;...more
Well, it's good at what it does, and what it does best is it gets under your skin and makes you feel soiled. I think I'm still letting it sink in, or possibly letting it work its way out of my system - in my sweat, in my urine, in my subcutaneous fat - and I'm really not sure what to say. It manages to make "binnacle" into a four-letter word, which is impressive. And it's got the whole alienation thing down: the narrator seems to have spent so long in a state of abject disconnection that his...more
The narrator, supposedly Ballard himself, is drawn into the erotics of car crashes after his own accident in a car crash, especially when he meets the enigmatic Vaughan. What follows is an endless repetitio...more
Il regista pubblicitario James Ballard (James Spader) vive in maniera insolita l’esperienza di un incidente d'auto e scopre, in seguito ad esso di aver associato il piacere sessuale agli scontri automobilistici. James inizia una relazione atipica con la dottoressa Helena Remington (Holly Hunter), che nello stesso incidente ha perduto il marito e riesce nel contempo a contagiare la moglie Catherine (Deborah Unger) in...more
I recently tackled J.G. Ballard’s Crash. This is technically transgression literature, so the fact that the author goes out of his way to shock, disgust and horrify doesn’t really come as much of a shock. The problem is that I wasn’t so much shocked, disgusted and horrified as I was bored.
Yes, I realize that the book is almost thirty years old by now (it was first published in 1973), and the amount of violence and gore we are exposed to on a daily basis has increased to such an extent since then...more
Written at a time when new technologies were fast emerging and cultural critics were arguing that social relations were becoming...more
According to Ballard, the automobile brought us weird sex in smashed up cars. And lots of it. These characters are hollow and lack the warmth generally associated with being a mammal. They crawl over one another searching for a connection that technology has le...more
The story does harken back to Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, in a...more
But it wasn't.
I read it in one evening and i have never been so gratefull for my ability to process 1,000 words a...more
-11: "I watched the blood irrigate her white blouse."
-12: "The intimate time and space of a single human being had been fossilized for ever in this web of chromium knives and frosted glass." - this sentence isn't ungrammatical, but it assumes and discards metaphors as it proceeds. Another way to put it is, it mixes metaphors.
-13: "The long triangular grooves on the car had been formed within the death of an unknown creature, its vanished iden...more
In 1956 his f...more