The Unlimited Dream Company (Anglais) Broché – 20 mai 2013
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In the 70s, JG Ballard made a transition from the SF New Wave, Experimental short stories, and ecological disaster novels that made his name and started writing novels that took the better parts of all those other works and put them into a less-fantastical narratives. This transition led to his Urban Trilogy (Crash, The Concrete Island, High Rise). Then he wrote The Unlimited Dream Company, which is, when compared to the entirety of Ballard's extant works, completely and totally odd.
It's a novel that returns to Ballard's inner-space psychological SF milieu, but does it in the suburban town of Shepperton. A young man, possibly disturbed, steals a small airplane and crashes it into the Thames. He gets taken in by the community and then the surrealness kicks in. It's not overt, po-mo text-trickery, like Burroughs (though I could see Burroughs writing something like Dream Company if he had never encountered the cut-up technique), or confusion-inducing prolixity like Pynchon. It is subtle and matter-of-fact, and really, kind of hard to describe.
It is a tough book to read, because of its imagery-density and unreliable narrator, but the end result is very, very satisfying.
I'll qualify this to say that if you have read no other Ballard, don't start here. Start with the short stories. This is really a book that requires foreknowledge of Ballard's other works before reading (not because of any plot-related stuff, but just to be familiar with the way he operates).