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The Drought by J.G. Ballard
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Feb 08, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: 2012

a few suggestive descriptions can't save this one from being a terrible bore. ballard chooses the wrong parameters for his narrative - trying to wedge the pseudo-scientific atmosphere he's known for into the confines of a pulp sci-fi novel. the result is an incoherent mix of existential surrealism and broad twilight zone-isms, minus the infectious glee of the latter. all the characters are either dull or cartoonish. ballard seems as indifferent to them as i was, but insists on stringing them along, interrupting his lush landscape descriptions to hint at a larger plotline that never arrives.

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