The Kindness of Women Paperback – 27 Nov 2007
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"Raw and tender in its beauty, and dark in its hilarity . . . the capstone to a magnificent career."--"San Francisco Chronicle"
"Ballard's sequel to his autobiographical epic "Empire of the Sun" treats the subsequent events of his life, offering visceral immediacy and piercing honesty."--"Publishers Weekly"
"With penetrating topical commentary and abiding wisdom, this well-crafted novel should enjoy wide appeal."--"Library Journal"
"Remarkable."--"The New Yorker"
"Fascinating."--"The New York Times Book Review"
Raw and tender in its beauty, and dark in its hilarity . . . the capstone to a magnificent career. "San Francisco Chronicle"
Ballard's sequel to his autobiographical epic "Empire of the Sun" treats the subsequent events of his life, offering visceral immediacy and piercing honesty. "Publishers Weekly"
With penetrating topical commentary and abiding wisdom, this well-crafted novel should enjoy wide appeal. "Library Journal"
Remarkable. "The New Yorker"
Fascinating. "The New York Times Book Review""
About the Author
J. G. Ballard was born in Shanghai in 1930 and for more than three decades he lived in Shepperton, England. His other works include "Empire of the Sun, Crash, "and" The Day of Creation." He passed away in 2009.
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Top Customer Reviews
Contents. I recall I found his straight autobiography a better read than Empire of the Sun. I like the way of writing in all his books. My thanks to a reviewer of my previous review of his autobiography for leading me to this book.
The factual background was interesting social history. Being presented as a novel leads me to wonder whether the full range of much of the intimate detail might have been what he would have liked it to be rather than what actually happened. There is no disclaimer about characters being fictional in my version.
*Engrossing and interesting - Yes the mix of fact and fiction works well. Thought provoking.
*Enjoyment and entertainment - Difficult to say this about a book with such so much tragic material, characters and a WW2 background.
*Emotional - Although I must have known about his personal loss from previous reading the shock came as a surprise even after the lead up to a different presentation when one knew horrible things were about to be revealed.
*Educational - His whole fact and fiction world. A very strong talented person not to have suffered, as far as I know, in the same way as David his friend in the book.
*Ease of reading - Everything flowed well. What I aspire to in my own writing.
No of characters and length of book about right. A nice collection of life stories linked together similar to the method in my own writing. I have ordered his complete short stories.
May read again. Memorable book which would have been better for less or more subtle treatment of the unwholesome intimate details.
Alexander of the Allrighters and Ywnwab!
If it isn't already , I imagine this will be an A Level set book in years to come. Thoroughly reccomended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic, gripping book. Would not have know about JG Ballard without seeing High Rise, the most recent film made after one of his books. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Simona Bissoo
The review looks a great read, though I have not got round to reading this, in the middle of another book.Published 10 months ago by Highlight
Fascinated to see what happened to Jim after the war. Made me reflect on the long term impact of any kind of horror on a persons life and personality. Read morePublished 14 months ago by sarah wooldridge
After reading Empire Of The Sun, an exceptionally well written and interesting book it makes you wonder why the author wrote this sequel, I personally was glad to reach the end. Read morePublished on 12 Jan. 2014 by Zulu Warrior
This is a good book an interesting read and a great sequel to Empire of The Sun. I Would recommend this If you liked empire of the sun and would like to know what happened to wee... Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2013 by Craig
Started off well, describing his life as a boy living in wartime Shanghai, captured by the Japanese and kept in a camp. Read morePublished on 8 Mar. 2011 by Florence