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The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard
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Aug 25, 2012

bookshelves: fiction-main, science-fiction, 2012
Read from July 20 to August 25, 2012 , read count: 1

After reading The Jungle Book, more jungles for me: this time in the flooded cities of a world where fluctuations in solar radiation have melted the ice caps and caused sea levels to rise. Dr Kerans is part of a scientific expedition cataloguing the changes in flora and fauna regressing towards the Triassic with a resurgence of iguanas and alligators in once temperate cities and, as Kerans increasingly isolates himself, he finds that their minds also seem to be devolving to a pre-historic state reviving some kind of hidden race memories of the heat and sun.

The loss of the veneer of civilised society, especially in an exotic setting, and particularly (view spoiler), is quite reminiscent of Lord of the Flies.

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