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The oddest and most surreal of Ballard's novels 20 juin 2013
Par Kevin Martin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I'm a big fan of JG Ballard, so this is probably a little biased.

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).
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Ballard missed the target 14 juin 2015
Par lory lanfranchi - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Too much, even for Ballard. He only depicts a visionary landscape in which there is no plot nor meaning, while the characters move through endless sexual epiphanies. If you don't know Ballard yet, well, don't start from here: you would get a false impression about this great writer.
Strictly for J G Ballard fans 3 avril 2014
Par JZS - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
J.G. Ballard’s most famous novels, "Concrete Island", "Crash" and even the more main stream "Empire of the Sun" never appealed to me but the description of "The Unlimited Dream Company" was attractive. The story of a downed pilot who seems to come back to life in a small town was irresistible and I thought I would try something different. Well, it was that.

The beginning of the book had the vivid surrealism of a Dali painting which was fascinating. "The barbarous plumage of cockatoos, macaws and scarlet ibis covers the shopping mall, a living train that I would like to fasten around my waist." Beautiful writing and I thought that I would enjoy the book. Unfortunately it then began to morph so as art it more closely resembled the twisted darkness of an Edvard Munch. Ugh.

"The Ultimate Dream Company" reads like the fantasy of a very, very disturbed, sex obsessed teenage boy. Unpleasant people and grotesque circumstances do not combine to make enjoyable reading for me. I usually enjoy surreal work and non-traditional stories but the unpleasantness of the book was so extreme even the highly skilled writing couldn’t redeem it. Ballard draws extensively on the works of William Blake, (“Milton”) - including using Blake’s name for the protagonist. I suppose someone who enjoyed Blake’s’ work may find some interest here but it was lost on me. Other than that this is strictly a book for rabid J G Ballard fans, of which there are many.

I normally reserve 1 and 2 stars for pseudoscience and the worst of self-published books. Although this is the closest I have come to hating a book not in that category, I have to give it two stars because of the quality of the writing. But I strongly didn’t like it.
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Nope 19 mai 2014
Par Michael Dea - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
No Sir, I didn't like It
I mean, maybe it's brilliant, I'm not an expert...but no, I didn't like it at all.
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Terrible (perhaps intended for very dedicated sci fi's, English grad students, or LSD trippers!) 2 décembre 2013
Par TnJim - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
No idea of the target for this ridiculous book. Reminds me of LSD books, or West's _The Dream Life of Balso Snell_. A man crashes his stolen airplane into a village near London that he doesn't know. He either died in the crash, or he didn't. He becomes some kind of super creature who wants to transform this village into Utopia no one would ever imagine.

I know there is a lot of symbolism here, but the book was so poor that I didn't want to spend the time looking for it!
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