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TitleThe Drowned World
AuthorJ.G. Ballard
ISBN0871403625
ImprintJ.G. Ballard Ltd
Rating
Sales rank4.5
LanguageEnglish
FormatPaperback
Pages198

Description

First published in 1962, J.G Ballard s mesmerizing and ferociously prescient novel imagines a terrifying future in which solar radiation and global warming have melted the ice caps and Triassic era jungles have overrun a submerged and tropical London Set during the year 2145, the novel follows biologist Dr Robert Kerans and his team of scientists as they confront a surreal cityscape populated by giant iguanas, albino alligators, and endless swarms of malarial insects Nature has swallowed all but a few remnants of human civilization, and, slowly, Kerans and his companions are transformed both physically and psychologically by this prehistoric environment Echoing Joseph Conrad s Heart of Darkness complete with a mad white hunter and his hordes of native soldiers this powerful and beautifully clear Brian Aldiss work becomes a thrilling adventure and a haunting examination of the effects of environmental collapse on the human mind.

Reviews

Bill Kerwin

The Drowned World By J.G. Ballard

Although today J.G Ballard is perhaps better known as the author of two books which became major films Spielberg s Empire of the Sun and Cronenberg s Crash he was first praised for a quaternity of post apocalyptic novels published in the early 60 s The Drowned World 1962 , the s... (Sign in to see more)


Jeffrey Keeten

The Drowned World By J.G. Ballard

The solar disc was no longer a well defined sphere, but a wide expanding ellipse that fanned out across the eastern horizon like a colossal fire ball, its reflection turned the dead leaden surface of the lagoon into a brilliant copper shield By noon, less than four hours away, the water would seem t... (Sign in to see more)


Fabian

The Drowned World By J.G. Ballard

Oh, what s left to be said about J G Ballard If you have yet to enter his cult, his realm please do so soon The man is dead, and so his sea of work is a limited lake of placid doom, of absolute apocalypse He is often imitated M Crichton the new Annhilation Southern Reach trilogy guy come to mind, bu... (Sign in to see more)


Ben

The Drowned World By J.G. Ballard

Dull plotting.Duller psychology.Shallow characters.Improbable coincidences galore.Pretty racist.And yet almost entirely saved by some great descriptive work in painting the submerged world.Worth reading, barely.


Apatt

The Drowned World By J.G. Ballard

J.G Ballard, what an interesting author, they broke the mold when they made him When I started reading sf in the 80s I had the impression that Ballard specializes in global ecological disaster scenario, what with The Drowned World, The Burning World, and The Crystal World A sort of go to guy ... (Sign in to see more)


Duane

The Drowned World By J.G. Ballard

This was my introduction to J.G Ballard How to best describe this book I would call it apocalyptic realism I thought I invented that term until I looked it up, and yes it exists It s an apocalyptic future that I can see happening, and I imagine it very much like Ballard does here, except my version ... (Sign in to see more)


Paul

The Drowned World By J.G. Ballard

Ballard wrote this dystopian novel in the early 1960s, but it is still resonant today and it deals with a drastic increase in temperature on the earth it is set in 2145 The premise is fairly simple temperatures have greatly increased and the polar icecaps melted temperatures around the equator can r... (Sign in to see more)


Susan Budd

The Drowned World By J.G. Ballard

The Drowned World was my introduction to Ballard I don t know what I liked the lavishly described landscape with its swollen sun, primeval jungle, and shrieking iguanas or the inner landscape of recurring dreams, instinctive impulses, and psychological obsessions It s the combination of the... (Sign in to see more)


David Schaafsma

The Drowned World By J.G. Ballard

The Drowned World is one of four novels J G Ballard wrote about the same time about the environment Published in 1962, it seems prophetic, in that it proposes that global warming would melt the polar ice caps, and the resulting raised sea level would drown cities One interesting thing about the book... (Sign in to see more)


Kathy

The Drowned World By J.G. Ballard

Dear Kerans, Here s an idea go up to Hampstead It ll be dry there and you can walk about.The first couple of chapters of this book are quite intriguing, but as soon as you realise that this is central London and the buildings aren t even fully submerged, you know that the rest of Britain IS STILL TH... (Sign in to see more)


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