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The characters were drawn shallow and sometimes fake.
Concrete Island, like Ballard's most popular book Crash, is a novel length exploration of abstract concepts wrapped in a traditional narrative format.
I was anxious to read this book because I heard that it was going to be made into a movie, but became horribly bored after the book went no where.
This is a good example of Ballard's minimalist style of novel he was cranking out in the 70s. It's a simple story of a man who crashes his car off of the highway and gets stuck on... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jon Konrath
Brilliant story using the island as a metaphor of alienation in modern society.Published 7 months ago by Manohan Nanayakkara
Needed it for school, so I bought it. Came well packaged and sealed in plastic slip cover.
No damages or anything.
Ballard went out of his way with this book to be as explicitly horrible as he could: he explores the dark little corners of the rat-brain at the back of our skulls in ways no other... Read morePublished on December 5, 2011 by Daniel Sutton
This novel was my first exposure to JG Ballard and i will definately hunt down and read some of his other books after reading this one. Read morePublished on November 8, 2011 by Lewis Woolston
According to its jacket copy, CONCRETE ISLAND is a "wickedly modern ROBINSON CRUSOE." But a more apt comparison might be LORD OF THE FLIES, since CI explores the emotional darkness... Read morePublished on August 14, 2011 by Ethan Cooper
I was anxious to read this book because I heard that it was going to be made into a movie, but became horribly bored after the book went no where. Completely aghast when Mr. Read morePublished on March 23, 2011 by Shoe lover
The book is almost all metaphor, though even were it not Ballard tells a good enough story that it works on both levels, and to me you can pretty well ignore the loss of personhood... Read morePublished on April 23, 2010 by Amazon Customer