The Crystal World
J. G. Ballard’s fourth novel, which established his reputation as a writer of extraordinary talent and imaginative powers, tells the story of a physician specializing in the treatment of leprosy who is invited to a small outpost in the interior of Africa. Finding the roadways blocked, he takes to... show more
J. G. Ballard’s fourth novel, which established his reputation as a writer of extraordinary talent and imaginative powers, tells the story of a physician specializing in the treatment of leprosy who is invited to a small outpost in the interior of Africa. Finding the roadways blocked, he takes to the river, and embarks on a frightening journey through a strange petrified forest whose area expands daily, affecting not only the physical environment but also its inhabitants.
Publish date: May 1st 1988
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages no: 216
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Speculative Fiction
, Post Apocalyptic
I find it a bit surprising that I like Ballard's SF quite so much. I have previously read the Drowned World and this is basically the same book,, but with heat and water replaced by crystals.The book, like the Drowned World, draws directly from Heart of Darkness. It is a kind of phantasmagoria Hea...
a physician in africa; a world of disease. decay takes strange shape! a move into the unknown; the inexplicable finds its form and renovates, reconfigures: a new, dead life! figures in a landscape become one with that landscape... stylized characters form a comic tableau, fighting and fucking and dy...
The Crystal World is a fine work where a biophysical science-fiction paralleled subtly by a psychological portrait of diverse people coming to grips with their past and dues. There is something beautifully calming about the way in which the protagonist and some of the other characters are caught up ...
This is my third Ballard novel and I am getting used to the way he writes; heavy use of imagery, plot as a vehicle for the thinly veiled subtexts, characters on a quest to discover something about themselves and cryptic, stilted dialogue with much left unsaid leaving the reader to fill in the gaps.T...
According to The Kindness of Women, Ballard was inspired to write this book after experimenting with LSD. Possibly it's more fun if you take some yourself.