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This review is from: The Day of Creation (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) (Paperback)
Of all Ballards mid-period books, I find this one to be his most haunting. Appearing between Empire and Kindness, it steps away from the intimacies of Ballard's own life and explores the deep places within us all. The journey along the river is a perfectly conceived metaphor for the journey into our own interiors. Although Ballard has done this before in his earlier books, he brings a new maturity and a new control to this work. His writing has improved considerably by this stage and the strength of the basic structure allows Ballard to explore inner space as never before. It is not a particularly pleasant place, but he understands how we work and how the modern world is an evocation of those deep, dark layers within us.