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The Crystal World Paperback – May 1, 1988
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“Beautifully rendered Ballard the poet in full ecstatic blast.” ―Anthony Burgess
“Of all the unknown regions Ballard's imagination has opened up, this crystalline forest is the most haunting, with its golden orioles frozen in a lattice of jewels and men like conquistadores embalmed in diamond armour. The creation of the crystal world is something magical and not to be missed.” ―The Guardian
About the Author
J.G. Ballard is the author of numerous books, including Empire of the Sun, the underground classic Crash, and The Kindness of Women. He is revered as one of the most important writers of fiction to address the consequences of twentieth-century technology. His latest book is Super-Cannes. He lives in England.
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First Dr. Sanders, who appears to us as something considerably less than Burrough-esque but more than a mere clod, is forced to wait in the river station of Port Matarre for someone willing to take him further up the Matarre River to the almost mythical Mont Royal, where the Clairs may be found. Port Matarre is an exceedingly strange, purgatorial place, steeped in shadow, a place where, as Sanders remarks to a traveling priest, "The sun seems unable to make up its mind." Here he meets a young journalist, Louise Peret,who bares more than a passing resemblance to Suzanne Clair, although Louise is lighter of complexion, a somehow brighter version of her "somber twin" Suzanne Clair.Read more ›
I liked the initial setup but once the main character, Dr. Sanders, gets to the jungle where the crystallization is taking place, the focus shifts to other characters who act as if nothing out of the ordinary were taking place around them as they pursue their own obsessions. Ballard’s next novel, the acclaimed Crash, came out seven years after this. Hopefully, it’s a lot better than the first four (I’m assuming The Drought is about on par with the other three).
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Been a while since I last read it (decades) . It was as good as I remembered it.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read this when it was serialized in New Worlds in 1964, in a somewhat shorter form and I'm pretty sure Ballard, by his own statements, had not read Conrad at that time. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
The front jacket of the Fourth Estate 2014 version has the Guardian claiming "Something magical and not to be missed". Read morePublished 23 months ago by travelswithadiplomat
Just go read "Heart of Darkness."
This has no plot and no explanations. Good writing but that's not enough.
The Crystal World by J.G. Ballard
In "The Crystal World" the protagonist Dr. Sander, a physician on leave from an African leper colony, journeys to find his... Read more
ballard had an odd sense of pace and tempo in telling a story, and after you've become accustomed to him at the height of his powers it's easy to forget that in earlier works this... Read morePublished on March 2, 2013 by connor p
I have only recently started reading JG Ballard and my first book by him was "concrete island" which blew mind. Read morePublished on November 23, 2011 by Lewis Woolston
I usually read non-fiction. The Henry Art Gallery in Seattle featured a multimedia interpretation of this book, so I needed to read it. Read morePublished on August 26, 2009 by Lisa D