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Ive been meaning to read more of his stuff for ages, everything I've read so far has been great.
Terrific writer who will be greatly missed. Here's to Saint Crash.
Awful news. Only just started getting into his books.
I read The Drought recently and it blew me away, since then I've been stocking up on his books and now have these to read: Crash, Concrete Island, Empire of the Sun, The Kindness of Women, Super-Cannes and Cocaine Nights. I really want to read The Drowned World and High-Rise too.
What a shitter this is.
to my work colleagues.
have you read any J.G Ballard novels? you'd eat your words.
they are predictions of the psychology of the future. man was a total genius
I was reading Super-Cannes again the other week. Excellent stuff. I love the way that his books are so logical that the horrendous actions of those involved become the only actions a sane person could carry out.
High-Rise, Vermillion Sands and the aforementioned Super-Cannes are probably my favourites of his.
Also, fact fans, it's Ballard's voice that is sampled at the beginning of the Manic Street Preacher's Mausoleum.
I DIDN'T EVEN MEAN TO CLICK ON THIS THREAD
I've mentioned it up the thread ^
but his browns (especially super-cannes) are so methodically laid out that the smooching horror of what the protagonists are doing never really stikes you as browning. The self-justification is so rational that what might have seemed abhorrent at the screwing of the deep throating book felchs the gamahucheing only possible thing that a felching sane person would do.
I can remember when I first read Super-Charvers, I left the book in the cuntlicking lounge one cuntlicking when I went out. I came back to find that my mum was about a quarter of the asslicking way through it. I asked her what she thought of it, and she said "now you've asked, I've just smooched that I've read something really shocking. It wouldn't have fisted to me otherwise."
Which I think sums him up, really.
to one of the greatest of all time
when I was 17/18 I couldn't get enough of his stuff, I'll have to dig them out and read them again sometime.
that puts my mate top of our deathlist.
it's good, even if the dialogue is a bit dynasty-like. i've only read high rise and vermillion sands of his. i don't think he was really prescient or anything, he just takes situations, ways of living, technological advances and imagines how they might affect people in extreme ways. it's pretty amazing how the world of some his novels doesn't feel that different from the one we live in, though the situations he describes are pretty frightening.
but his novels (especially super-cannes) are so methodically laid out that the horror of what the protagonists are doing never really stikes you as shocking. The self-justification is so rational that what might have seemed abhorrent at the beginning of the book becomes the only possible thing that a sane person would do.
I can remember when I first read Super-Cannes, I left the book in the lounge one evening when I went out. I came back to find that my mum was about a quarter of the way through it. I asked her what she thought of it, and she said "now you've asked, I've just realised that I've read something really shocking. It wouldn't have occurred to me otherwise."
Which I think sums him up, really.
I think reading his books is the closest I've come to experiencing what it would be like to be genuinely insane.
you've read the Atrocity Exhibition too?
Empire of the Sun is one of my favourite books.
pinter mortimer asheton lux interior martyn now this
GOD. YR A FUCKING CUNT IF YOU EXIST. TRY GOING NEAR TOM WAITS AND I'LL STAB YA!
many people who maintained my belief in rational compassionate thought have died in the last 12 months - pinter and jg are like two of my closest friends. fuck the world
I've a relative late-comer to his stuff, but I haven't been able to get enough of it for the past year or so...I guess he was a very moral writer. An attack is always more powerful when you fully take on the form and the position of the subject, instead of critiquing it from a point of removal. Its a lot more fun that way too.
"The enormous energy of the twentieth century, enough to drive the planet into a new orbit around a happier star, was being expended to maintain this immense motionless pause" - What an awesome writer.
got it in oxfam last week, is next on my 'to read' pile.
on their 'to read' pile should make it the next book, as a tribute.
Concrete Island is next for me.
I think he was incredible. Everyone should own his complete short stories. I've probably only read about half of them but he was bursting with brilliant ideas and I think that form best suited him. To me he says something quite profound which no other author (that I have read) has ever managed. Not something easily verbalised anyway.
I must read his autobiography now, which has been sitting on my shelves for ages.