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The Drowned World: A Novel (50th Anniversary) - Community Reviews back

by J.G. Ballard, Martin Amis
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CDRBill
CDRBill rated it 3 years ago
This is a prophetic story about the flooding of the world. The story and character development start slow but do get better. Ballard also introduces a twist that all creatures are devolving to their Triassic equivalent, including some humans, due to genetic memory.All in all this is a decent read if...
Book Ramblings
Book Ramblings rated it 6 years ago
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, [b:The Burning World|15830700|The Aviator (The Burning World 1)|Ga...
The Bookchemist
The Bookchemist rated it 6 years ago
Ballard's debut novel offers a ponentially interesting psychological take on a standard post-apocalyptic setting and hammers it non-stop throughout a boring, badly balanced and pretty racist book.Video-review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN0MINybneU
Sesana
Sesana rated it 7 years ago
The sun has gone mad. The ice has melted, and the continual flooding has covered much of the world with water. Temperatures have risen to the point where humanity has relocated to the Arctic and Antarctic circles just to survive. The result is that cities like London have become lagoons, surrounded ...
Tiny Library
Tiny Library rated it 7 years ago
Fluctuations in solar radiation mean that the ice-caps have melted and temperatures reach up to 150C. Most of the cities of the Northern Hemisphere are submerged in tropical lagoons populated with prehistoric animals and massive bugs of all kinds. The main character, Kerans, is a scientist sent to...
jaddington
jaddington rated it 7 years ago
Reverse evolution....genetic memory....and a drowned world. I couldn't put it down, it was a captivating world.
Julian Meynell's Books
Julian Meynell's Books rated it 7 years ago
Clearly an underrated book. The back cover of my book has a quote from Kingsly Amis comparing it to Heart of Darkness, which is apropos. There is not the sense of journey of Heart off Darkness, but there is a sense of sweltering steamy lethargy throughout the book. The book delves into the primit...
Book Punks on BookLikes
Book Punks on BookLikes rated it 7 years ago
This was an excellent book, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I had expected. The writing is solid, as is the story. And it is all quite literary. But as a post apocalypse story fan, I tend toward books a bit more about survival than this one. Here you have madness, on a par with Heart of Darknes...
altheaann
altheaann rated it 7 years ago
This month's Post-apocalyptic Book Club selection.This was a re-read, though I'd read it so long ago it might as well have been in the Jurassic period.JG Ballard succeeds marvelously in creating a hallucinatory, dreamlike environment here. Solar flares have heated the Earth. Only 5 million people st...
Pauline's Fantasy Reviews
Pauline's Fantasy Reviews rated it 8 years ago
When I first got my Kindle a year ago, and before I got side-tracked by fantasy (thank you George R R Martin!), I set out to read the top 100 sci-fi books I found on an internet list somewhere. Fortunately for my bank balance, very few of them were then available for the Kindle, but this was one of ...
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