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Super-Cannes by J.G. Ballard
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Jan 07, 2009

really liked it
Read in February, 2009

Another masterful work by JG Ballard that captures the modern dystopia in all its shiny, sterile, frightening glory. It's incredible fun imagining this Corbusien business-park of sleek power as the breeding ground for self-induced psychopathologies. While it reads as a thriller noir chocked full of gorgeous femme fatales and unsettling villainy, it isn't as powerful as some of his other works as you pretty much know what's going on by the half-way mark. I had my worries as to how he was going to wrap it up without a Hollywood catharsis, but the ending is perfect and powerful. The conversations between Paul and Wilder Penrose are among my favorite dissections of modern life.

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