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The Atrocity Exhibition by J.G. Ballard
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Jun 06, 07

bookshelves: contemporary
Read in November, 2003

I really like what Ballard is trying to do, but I don't think it quite works. This is the guy who wrote the script for the movie Crash - no, not that Crash, the one with James Spader. The Atrocity Exhibition, like Crash, is fascinated with bodies, with breaking bodies open and with the relationship between bodies and technology, and while that's a subject that I can read about forever, I find this particular book a bit too heavyhandedly (or weightily) experimental to make for a positive textual experience. It's a lot of work to slog through it, and you sort of come out feeling like...wow, that guy is fascinated with bodies and technology, but I don't know what he wants to say about bodies and technology. And then you sort of have to shrug and move on. However, if you want a book whose cover will shock the other people reading the coffee shop, go for it.
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