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Crash by J.G. Ballard
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Dec 18, 08

Read in February, 1995, read count: 2

If you've never read Ballard, and your curious, this is the book you want to start with. I won't get into the plot or the antiseptic, yet haunting, prose. I'll just say that all the motifs of Ballard are here, and they are presented with crystal clear precision, with touches of what I'd call industrial surrealism.

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 knocking magical surrealism, nor pastels). Let me put it this way: if van Gogh & Garcia Marquez have similar styles - bright colors, rustic locales, than Ballard & Dali have similar styles - mechanical eroticisms, strange juxtapositions...

To understand Ballard you can't approach him thinking your going to read something in the traditional "belles-lettres" sense... don't get me wrong, his word's are beautiful, but they are beautiful in the way a neon sign reflected in a puddle of rain on a darkened city street can be beautiful...

That's my best shot at conveying the sense of style that awaits you within this book...

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