August 2nd, 2006

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  1. 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…