Crash (Vintage Blue) Mass Market Paperback – 5 Aug 2004
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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--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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.
The book doesn't want to shock you for the sake of provocation, however; it wants to shock you awake. I read through the one-star reviews thinking that they would all be people who just didn't want to imagine these images, but I was shocked to read that people thought it was badly written. It isn't. The descriptive language and rhythm make it a work of beauty. Ballard is erudite and has an inarguable talent for prose, even making the vocabulary of car interiors beautiful.
It is a hard book to read, but it's not without merit. And it makes no apologies. The erotic link between the crashes and the sexual relationships in the book didn't quite come across to me. Due to its graphic content, I wouldn't recommend this book, but I'm glad I read it and it is certainly very relevant to today's digital age. This edition also contains a really interesting essay from Ballard on that subject.
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Disturbing ,provoking ,scatological-one of the great alternative classics of the twentieth century and incredibly influential. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tony Hyland
I still haven't finished this. I find the themes pretty grim and struggle to pick it up after work... Perhaps I will finish it one dayPublished 7 months ago by Vahsti hale
Extremely nasty writing. Not easy read. Everything reduced into unpleasant language. Ballard must have had some very bad experiences when a kidPublished 10 months ago by R. Carley-Read
A fascinating insight into obsession and sexual gratification. Those easily offended would do well to embrace such an honest text.Published 23 months ago by Lior Blum
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