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Robert Maitland �� un architetto londinese che, lanciato al volante della sua jaguar mentre torna a casa, �� vittima di un incidente stradale, a seguito del quale si trova ad essere prigioniero di un'isola spartitraffico, sottostante i piloni di cemento, all'incrocio tra tre autostrade.
l'isola di cemento �� un luogo coperto da vegetazione selvatica, pneumatici e auto abbandonate e dove c'�� persino un vecchio cinema in disuso: insomma, �� te
The blurb on the back cover compares this book to Robinson Crusoe, and there are definite parallels.
Maitland's speeding = Crusoe's...more
If you think about it, the notion of a man who gets stuck on a traffic island, a patch of wasteland at the intersection of the new motorway network, is something which could also have been done by the contemporaneous ‘Monty Python's Flying Circus’. (Imagine Michael Palin's 'It's' man staring forlornly at the tr...more
In other news! Brad Anderson (of Session 9 fame) is set to bring this to the screen! I cant wait!
He realized, above all, that the assumption he had made repeatedly since his arrival on the island -- that sooner or later his crashed car would be noticed by a passing driver or policeman, and that rescue would come as...more
While pondering that, I flashed back to Stephen King's Gerald's Game, which I read years ago and don't remember much ab...more
Ballard writes exhilarating prose telling the story of how Maitland quickly descends into madness, as he finds himself totally isolated from the world he knows. I think the key of this book lies in the repetit...more
I find it difficult to say anything coherent about this work; I was left with two main thoughts: the anti-Rousseauean conception of sa...more
This book is an amazing concept and very well written, especially in the development of the main character and his mental deterioration and redevelopment as each day on the island passes...bringing pain, hunger and the realisation that he might not actually leave.
I'd actually give this...more
If Crash put you off with its repetitive nature and anti-novel characteristics, I would highly recommend this for a more palatable story, which sacrifices nothing in style or content. A movie version with Christian Bale was announced but seems to be vaporware at this point. That's fine...more
I'm a big fan of both dystopian fiction & of JG Ballard, so this should have been a hit. However.....
The basic story is interesting: man crashes car off the M4, ends up in an inaccessible area he can't get out of......it was written in 1973, so could be seen as a twentieth-century version of "Robinson Crusoe", & (maybe) a look at how isolationist & up our own backsides were have become.
The problem for me is that something like this (a story with only 1 character) only works...more
I wouldn't rate it too highly for humane values--it's a very ugly book with ugly things to say--but it...more
Tight but raw at the same time. An apocalyptic tale right smack in the middle of "present" time about one's disassociation from mankind, a disas...more
Themes are once again Ballard's strong suit, enough to carry some rough writing through all the way to a bizarre turn of events as a crippled Maitland has to fight for his survival. As he starts to lose his grip on sani...more
The writing comes off as realist, so I couldn't help seeing all the easy ways the guy could've gotten off of the concrete island. Sometimes stupid protagonists are entertaining, but if they're not funny, they're just stupid. This would probably have been more resonant in ye ole counterculture days,...more
I know there's a lesson in here an...more
In 1956 his f...more