In this hallucinatory novel, an automobile provides the hellish tableau in which Vaughan, a "TV scientist" turned "nightmare angel of the highways," experiments with erotic atrocities among auto crash victims, each more sinister than the last. James Ballard, his friend and fellow obsessive, tells... show more
In this hallucinatory novel, an automobile provides the hellish tableau in which Vaughan, a "TV scientist" turned "nightmare angel of the highways," experiments with erotic atrocities among auto crash victims, each more sinister than the last. James Ballard, his friend and fellow obsessive, tells the story of this twisted visionary as he careens rapidly toward his own demise in an internationally orchestrated car crash with Elizabeth Taylor.A classic work of cutting-edge fiction, Crash explores both the disturbing implications and horrific possibilities of contemporary society's increasing dependence on technology as intermediary in human relations.
Publish date: October 5th 2001
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
This is the third book I have read by Ballard and the first that is not Science Fiction. I saw the Cronenberg adaptation of Crash, which I hated and kept away from the book until I decided that I liked Ballard. It makes sense that I hated the movie, because this book is not adaptable, Ballard, fo...
“Two months before my accident, during a journey to Paris, I had become so excited by the conjunction of an air hostess's fawn gaberdine skirt on the escalator in front of me and the distant fuselages of the aircraft, each inclined like a silver penis towards her natal cleft, that I had involuntaril...
I suppose that I should start this by saying that, while a good teaser, the back blurb was not descriptive of my experience with the book for two reasons. First, it describes the book as "hallucinatory". The book, while it contains a scene where the characters are on acid, was certainly surreal, but...
Another book that my roommate suggested. This one also involved a lot of semen and sodomy (though nowhere near as much as Ancient evenings - sodomy, that is, there might be as much semen). I sometimes get the feeling when reading books like this, or seeing art-house movies, that I'm kind of a failur...
I did not like Crash. If the purpose of this book was to make me extremely uncomfortable, and bored, and confused about the plot, then it gets an A+.Is this really a thing? Sexual fetishes about car crashes? I suppose there must be people out there. Now, as I look at J.G. Ballard's picture on the ba...