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The Drought by J.G. Ballard
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Jun 15, 11

bookshelves: read-lit, read-sci-fi
Read in January, 2009

As noted in the review for The Drowned World, another part of the quartet of Ballard's "Elemental Apocalypse" - formerly titled THE BURNING WORLD, this describes a future in which water has grown scarce (yet another possibility for our future, sadly). IIRC, it starts out with the realization of what's going on just beginning to grip the populace of a British suburb, and then at mid-book jumps ahead a number of years to the dessicated, blasted future where rag-tag groups skate across vast salt plains looking to harvest what water they can find, and follows our group of varied characters back to the suburb they once left. As with DROWNED and CRYSTAL, it's yet another iteration of Ballard's musings on Conrad's "Heart of Darkness", with the crazy, decadent rich guy in the Kurtz role.

Didn't like it as much as DROWNED OR CRYSTAL, but more than WIND FROM NOWHERE. Worth checking out if you're interested in a salty, dry experience.
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