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  35. Ballard, J.G. — The Drowned World
  36. Ballard, J.G. — Crash

Despite Ballard's sluggish writing in The Drowned World, I decided to plow on and read Crash. It's hard to believe they were both written by the same author. The writing flows so much more readably.

Crash is fascinating, the way a gruesome car crash is. You know you shouldn't stare, but you just can't help yourself. It's a disturbing novel, but it's also an interesting study on a distinct brand of perversion and the psychological effects of technology, the marriage of technology and sex.

One thing I don't understand is why Ballard wrote himself into the novel. Crash's main character is named James Ballard and lives in the same town as the author. Shortly after the book was published, Ballard was involved in a serious automobile accident. Perhaps Crash was more autobiography than fiction? Hmmm…

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treacle_well
Aug. 3rd, 2006 12:17 am (UTC)
Does that mean you have Crash with you here in the States? Would you be willing to loan it? I loved the movie and never got around to reading the book. And Ballard is on the list of writers I want to read and haven't (at least not knowingly).
spwebdesign
Aug. 3rd, 2006 06:29 am (UTC)
Yes, I would be happy to loan it.
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