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2.0 out of 5 stars Cheated!!, 17 Jan. 2008
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This review is from: The Kindness of Women (Paperback)
The reason that I have only given this book 2 stars, is that it tells the story, albeit in brief of The Empire of The Sun, which I feel is 4*. This book is billed as a sequel and I feel that to spend the first part of it re-telling the earlier book in a watered down version is very unfair to purchasers and readers of both books. I felt cheated.
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Initial post: 11 May 2008 12:45:27 BDT
I agree in so much that I too felt cheated as the book consisted of largely a repeat of what has been written before.

Posted on 6 Feb 2010 23:35:12 GMT
R. B. Jones says:
Couldn't agree less. There's barely any repetition, and the whole tone and subject matter of the book is totally different to Empire of the Sun (better and more interesting in my opinion).

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Mar 2012 18:07:39 BDT
C. Butler says:
The reader of Kindness needs the slight recap to be oriented (pardon the pun). Ballard handles it deftly.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2012 08:34:04 BDT
MI Designs says:
Sorry I disagree, if one needs to be oriented before reading a sequel surely it would be preferable to read the prequel and save everyone the trouble of having to read the same thing twice.

Posted on 13 Feb 2014 14:25:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Feb 2014 14:27:11 GMT
Kyoto Martyn says:
Actually, it's a rather good quasi-fictional (or should that be quasi-factual?) memoir* - not a sequel at all. The 'sequel' tag was just a bit of publisher's bull. Read it for what it is and you will see. Spielburg appears to have ransacked Chapters 1-3 for his film. . .

* http://www.jgballard.ca/criticism/jgb_pringle_kindness.html
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