The Drowned World
A new generation discovers "the most original English writer of the last century." —China Miéville, The NationAppearing in hardcover in America for the first time, this neglected Ballardian masterpiece promises to be a touchstone for environmentalists the world over.First published in 1962, J.G.... show more
A new generation discovers "the most original English writer of the last century." —China Miéville, The NationAppearing in hardcover in America for the first time, this neglected Ballardian masterpiece promises to be a touchstone for environmentalists the world over.First published in 1962, J.G. Ballard’s mesmerizing and ferociously imaginative novel not only gained him widespread critical acclaim but also established his reputation as one of the finest writers of a generation. The Drowned World imagines a terrifying world in which global warming has melted the ice caps and primordial jungles have overrun a tropical London. Set during the year 2145, this novel follows biologist Dr. Robert Kearns and his team of scientists as they confront a cityscape in which nature is on the rampage and giant lizards, dragonflies, and insects fiercely compete for domination. Both an unmatched biological mystery and a brilliant retelling of Heart of Darkness—complete with a mad white hunter and his hordes of native soldiers—this “powerful and beautifully clear” (Brian Aldiss) work becomes a thrilling adventure with “an oppressive power reminiscent of Conrad” (Kingsley Amis).
Publish date: July 23rd 2012
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, European Literature
, British Literature
, 20th Century
, Speculative Fiction
, Post Apocalyptic
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...
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...
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
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 ...
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...