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Crash [Kindle Edition]

J. G. Ballard
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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'A work of very powerful originality. Ballard is amongst our finest writers of fiction' Anthony Burgess

'One of the few genuine surrealists this country has produced, the possessor of a terrifying and exhilarating imagination' Guardian

'Ballard has issued a series of bulletins on the modern world of almost unerring prescience. Other writers describe; Ballard anticipates' Will Self

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'A work of very powerful originality. Ballard is amongst our finest writers of fiction' Anthony Burgess 'One of the few genuine surrealists this country has produced, the possessor of a terrifying and exhilarating imagination' Guardian 'Ballard has issued a series of bulletins on the modern world of almost unerring prescience. Other writers describe; Ballard anticipates' Will Self

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1431 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312420331
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (17 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9SII
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,995 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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J.G. Ballard was born in 1930 in Shanghai, where his father was a businessman. After internment in a civilian prison camp, he and his family returned to England in 1946. He published his first novel, The Drowned World, in 1961. His 1984 bestseller Empire of the Sun won the Guardian Fiction Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It was later filmed by Steven Spielberg. His memoir Miracles of Life was published in 2008. J.G. Ballard died in 2009.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I had avoided reading this book as I must have had some lingering memory of the surrounding controversy. It was definitely not a comfortable or cathartic experience but then it was not meant to be. ‘Clinical’ was one word used positively and negatively by critics of Crash and with a little background reading I discovered how appropriate it was. J.G Ballard spent a portion of his childhood in a Japanese prisoner of war camp (chronicled in the novel and film, Empire of the Sun) and later trained as a doctor. In the light of this, perhaps his detached, unfaltering attitude to bodily functions, disease, damage, obsession and general human mess is understandable. I found it an adult book addressing difficult social issues. The essential idea seemed to be that we live in a society that morbidly adores the car and is undeterred or even excited by the destruction it causes both to the human body and the environment. Ballard offers an unsettling and alienating interpretation of this adoration as a physical longing to join flesh with metal, forcing the audience to confront what this perverse and ultimately fatal attraction might look like and to consider its consequences.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book... 7 April 2013
Format:Paperback
This book divides opinion, and understandably, but if you like to read to be challenged and pulled outside your comfort zone, then this is one for you. You'll feel squeamish, you'll feel uncomfortable, but by the end you'l realised you've been on a journey few other authors would dare to take their readers on. The only writer doing something similar at the moment would appear to be Morton Bain (Psychopath!).
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant even though lots of people say so 12 Aug 2008
By Pablo K
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Relentlessly aggressive and pornographic in a psycho-geographical kind of way. Brilliant even though lots of people say so. Deeply unsettling and explicit even though countless commentators have initiated it into the bland halls of literary classic. Not misogynistic even though it is, in a way, all about misogynism and inadequate manhood. Its vivid portraits (after Francis Bacon?) of genitalia and instrument panels, blood and torn flesh and semen and scars, all of that, is brought forth by a detached and clinical eye. Which is (a good bit of) the point. I found it both more engrossing and repetitive than I expected. And occassionally moving. The refluxes of libidinal modern landscapes mirror the obsessions of Ballard and Vaughan, rendered universal by their compulsions to repeat (even if some of the rest of us aren't particularly keen on sex and death in the twisted wrecks of four-lane motorways and airport bypasses). As Ani Difranco says: "my c*nt is a wound that won't heal" - that's what Crash is like. Despite (or because of) this unforgiving repetition, it seems to have more essence of Ballard than anything else that I've read of his. Yes, its original. Yes, its revolting. Yes, it offends the right kind of people. But this is a deeply affecting and memoral book for more reasons than that.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic 17 Nov 2012
By RH
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
One of Ballards most disturbing (and sensationalised) books, I bought this to replace a copy I loaned out
years ago and never got back. Re-reading it, (sometimes a mistake), it still has the power to make one squirm
and the promise to make one keep turning the page, sometimes against one's better judgement.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Postmodern Classic 21 Feb 2003
Format:Paperback
To say that J.G Ballard's classic postmodern novel is merely out for the 'shock value' it can extract from its reader is completely missing the point.
This isn't an erotic novel, the sexual content is handled in such a way to make it clinical, almost replulsive to the reader (sexual organs are described with as much enthusiasm as a steering wheel column). Sex becomes just another mechanical act, like driving a car, the repetition only serves to highlight that fact. The endless cycle and the numbing realisation that as a postmodern audience we become deadened to the horrors that surround us that are brought into our homes by the media is also central to understanding this text.
Ballard's novel brings to light the desensitised nature of human beings who watch mass murders on the nightly news with as much affect as the advertisement for soap powder which follows.
Ballard's novel is an implossion of fantasy and reality. Bringing together the society that thrives on spectacle to the point that watching a car crash has become prime time viewing. The death of affect - the fulfilment of human passions onto material technologies rather than people, resulting in a displacement of passion and an inability to connect is also central to this text.
After this read The Passion of New Eve by Angela Carter.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining ride 27 Jan 2009
Format:Paperback
I'd been wanting to read Ballard for ages but after begining a novel I would find his style over-done, amateurish.
Having persevered with this novel though I can say I am a Ballard convert.
He has a particular perspective, in this novel, of mixing the organic with the technological. Which I suppose he has inherited from his medical background.
The story is entertaining. But I have not given it 5 stars 'cause it is not totally satisfactory. It does become a little repetitive and the ending seems a wee bit anti-climactical....
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Ballard yet again has explored parts of the human psyche that few dare to probe.He matches de Sade and Mirbeau in his illustration of new sexualities and sexual landscapes, caressing the lost edifices of a primitive erotic language, hidden in the modern technology that rules our everyday lives.Crash still remains one of the few novels that dares to explore the modern influence on sexuality, still as shocking and brilliant as it is beautiful.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A great novel that you can't recommend
I enjoyed this book and I enjoyed this edition because it has interesting sections at the back detailing how the author feels about the book, its place in literary canon, how it... Read more
Published 6 months ago by MzBookMuncher
5.0 out of 5 stars J.G. Ballard's Crash
Crash still stands today as one of the late J.G. Ballard's most popular and controversial novels.

By utilising the metaphor of the car crash, Ballard propels the reader... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Anthony Rodden
1.0 out of 5 stars Beyond awful
Although I bought this book in a charity shop for £1 (still too much) I felt the need to warn others against buying it on a large scale platform like Amazon (also posted the review... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Honest Chap's Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
It was a good read but a little hard going as it was a little unorthodox. It would not be everyones cups of tea
Published 17 months ago by Maggie
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Fantasy
Anyone reading this for its erotic content will be as disappointed as those reading it for its literary content as the titillation is as bland and repetitive as the prose. Read more
Published 19 months ago by RR
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
That words become changed over time, their over-use contributing to the dilution of the potency which they once held is an altogether sad truism. Read more
Published 19 months ago by ARWoollock
1.0 out of 5 stars Horror
When I read a book I attempt to soldier on to the end, before I make any comment. I feel I owe it to the author.
In this case, I have to admit defeat. Read more
Published 22 months ago by T. J. Ellis
3.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Bonkers
After reading this book I am looking forward to getting back to normality! Crash is a very weird, highly insensitive account of a man, Ballard, who finds sexual pleasure in car... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jonathan Ryan
1.0 out of 5 stars A tedious excuse to write about sex
I read the reviews referring to this as a modern classic, and Ballard as a great surrealist writer. I cannot help but think that in the case of this book it is an excuse to... Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2011 by Mrs. K. A. Wheatley
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really sure what to say....!!
Erm!! Probably the weirdest book I will have ever read in my lifetime. I am nearing the end and cannot really decide whether I am enjoying it or not, although to say you are... Read more
Published on 13 July 2011 by squirt
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