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Delusions without Heart,
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This review is from: The Unlimited Dream Company (Paladin Books) (Paperback)This book tells the story of a wannabe pilot, and his escape from the wreckage of his life. There is some debate as to the intention of the supernatural acts that he commits - whether they are the final dying fantasies of a delusional man, whether a supreme doorway has been left ajar leaking its powers caused by a defeat of death, or something someway between.
Despite its seemingly colourful content I found this to be a very dark book, breaking down morality into an unsettling chaos. I notice several people have likened it to a dream - it is without question based on a subject matter far from reality, but it did not really feel dream like to me. Personally I recommend Steve Erickson for literary dreamscapes.
Whilst I appreciate the metaphor communicated, I found the style to be neglecting of heart and character connection. Reading 'Unlimited Dream Company' felt to me as though the author had written down a concept without taking the care of sculpting the language into a gripping and enjoyable journey - perhaps I am just not a fan of Ballard's style, as it seems very popular in general.