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- Listening Length: 5 hours and 38 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 7 Aug. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LXE1CXG
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Ballard has often paid homage to the Surrealists, and many of his novels resemble Surrealist paintings (with the added dimension of time!), none more so than this, one of his finest. In a sense, the idea of the ‘supersaturation of time’ is his attempt to remove that dimension from his work, turning this book into an attempt at a still image in prose: an image of the world as a single, multifaceted crystal, at one with eternity.
"The Crystal World" owes a heavy debt to Conrads " Heart of Darkness" but that said it conveys
a message wholly unique in its presentation.
From the very first page the tone is set for us, the reader, to embark, with the author upon the river, that will take him and ultimately us
to a series of frozen images representative of the eruption of a cosmic reality into our temporal world.
Ballard manages, with a flair and invention, rarely encountered, to place our partial human understanding of the forces at work in the cosmos, in their proper place.
Our wishes, our concerns, as humans, are simply not relevant to the truth of the matter. Namely that a greater reality has usurped the kingdom of our time driven world.
The best book by Ballard I have read.
A great and engrossing read. Poetic and pointed!
"However apostate we may be in this world, there perforce we become apostles of the prismatic sun."
It is into this crystal forest that Ballard plunges us with a novel that is straightforward in regards of plot: Sanders leaves his leproserie to arrive at the Port Matarre after receiving a strange summons from a lover, Suzanne Clair.Read more ›
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