Crash Paperback – 1 Sep 1975
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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
'Britain's number one living novelist' John Sutherland, Sunday Times--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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If anyone asks me in real life what this book is about, I tell them it's car crash porn, and that's not an exaggeration or understatement. It's well written and enjoyable, but it's the only book I have ever taken breaks from. Sometimes I need a minute (or day) to accept the things I just saw happen and reflect on my life. Worth a read though.
At first, this was strange, then interesting, then just repetitive. The writing is high-calibre (it’d have to be to have been reviewed by Amis), but the story didn’t make any sense. Interestingly, Martin Amis admitted that Crash didn’t make any sense to him, either, and that he treated it with sarcasm. However, after reading it two more times (presumably in an attempt to understand what it was about) he became a convert. Clearly, this conversion happened before the review that now appears in The War Against Cliché.
I wouldn’t read this book two more times. In fact, I didn’t even read it once. I only made it halfway. What is the story about? What is it supposed to mean? I don’t really think there is a story or that the novel means much of anything. By coincidence, the novel I started to read after I’d given up on trying to decode Crash also begins with a car crash. In terms of style, the writer isn’t anywhere near the level of J.G. Ballard, but he compensates by being able to tell a story. Maybe I’ll try Empire of the Sun, or maybe I’ll just move on. I don’t know, but Crash made me feel disappointed.
Troy Parfitt is the author of Why China Will Never Rule the World along with War Torn: Adventures in the Brave New Canada.
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