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review The Drought Ô eBook or Kindle ePUB Ì Weird and mesmerizingly grotesue The Drought tells the chilling story of the world on the brink of extinction where a global drought brought on by industrial waste has left mankind in a life or death search for water Violence erupts and insanity reigns as the human race struggles for survival in Violence erupts and insanity reigns as the human race struggles for survival in a worldwide desert of despa. THE GREAT COMPLETIST CHALLENGE In which I revisit older authors and attempt to read every book they ever wroteCurrently in the challenge Martin Amis | Isaac Asimov RobotEmpireFoundation | Margaret Atwood | JG Ballard | Clive Barker | Philip K Dick | Daphne Du Maurier | William Gibson | Michel Houellebec | John Irving | Kazuo Ishiguro | John le Carre | Bernard Malamud | China Mieville | VS Naipaul | Chuck Palahniuk | Tim Powers | Philip Roth | Neal Stephenson | Jim Thompson | John Updike | Kurt Vonnegut | PG WodehouseFinished Christopher Buckley | Shirley JacksonFor the last several years I've ended up at the holidays with something like 20 to 30 book reviews still to write; so I've tended to just log them and give them scores so they'll count towards that year's reading challenge but then move on in January to new books and not go back and review the ones from the previous December I didn't get around to Thankfully I'm keeping up with the reviews fairly well this year so this hopefully won't be a problem again Anyway as I sat down today to review JG Ballard's 1964 The Burning World I realized that the book previous to this 1962's The Drowned World was one of those ones from last December that never got reviewed; and it's important to today's book that you know what I thought of the previous book so it looks like today's one of those occasional days where I'll be doing two book reviews in oneBallard is now mostly remembered for the freaky transgressive tales he wrote in the '70s and '80s so it'll be surprising to most to learn that he started his career with a uadrilogy of Mid Century Modernist style straightforward post apocalyptic science fiction stories about ecology and natural disasters which in the early '60s originally got him lumped in with writers like Ray Bradbury and Arthur C Clarke before heading off in much weirder and unclassifiable directions during the Countercultural Era Per Ballard's wishes I skipped entirely his 1961 debut The Wind From Nowhere which he himself hated to the extent of literally omitting it from his bibliography while alive; so I'm instead starting with his trilogy of the similarly titled The Drowning World The Burned World and 1966's The Crystal World in which the planet Earth alternatively dies out from global flooding a global drought and an alien infection that crystallizes all organic matter it touches The Wind From Nowhere meanwhile is about the Earth dying out from an unending series of hurricanes and tsunamis effectively making his first four novels concern global disasters via air water fire and earth And indeed for an author I mostly currently know because of head trippers like High Rise and Crash what struck me most about The Drowning World when I read it last December was how sober and grounded in science it is with Ballard spending a huge chunk of the book simply looking at how the planet gets into the untenable position it's in and only delving into his trademark weirdness at the very end in which our James Kirkesue hero falls in with a group of doomsday cultists who have decided to stay behind in a now flooded London in order to loot the city of random treasures for absurdist reasons This left me thinking that Ballard was perhaps going to play all three of these novels with a straight face until getting to what's widely acknowledged as his first transgressive book the 1970 experimental story collection The Atrocity Exhibition which was then followed with 1973's sex and car accident fever dream Crash which was such a force of nature that it singlehandedly changed his literary reputation into the one we still now have of himbut on this in a few monthsI was wrong however; for if you define The Drowned World as a book mostly about the science of ecological disaster which as a bonus delves a little bit into the bizarre ways some humans would behave during such a disaster you can define The Burning World as the exact opposite as mostly about the freakouts that people go through in the face of a world ending disaster with only lip service paid literally only a few paragraphs in the entire book to how the disaster came about in the first place Or I mean to be fair Ballard isn't looking here at how all humans would change in the face of a global disaster with our story taking place well into the end times and most of rational sane humanity having already packed up and headed to the nearest ocean; instead Ballard is interested in looking at the small amount of people who would choose to stay behind in their now waterless towns even after such a disaster took place pointing a laser eye at the nihilists criminals mentally challenged and cultishly religious who would voluntarily choose to end their existences under such dire circumstances effectively making this a companion piece to the recent indie movie Beasts of the Southern Wild only with Ballard damning his freak flag flying stragglers instead of celebrating them like the film doesFor those looking for their expected Ballard bizarro fix this is basically the earliest book of his career where you can find one as the author serves up nightmarish visions of landlocked pirates genocidal armed struggles on beachfronts monstrously obese billionaire climate deniers who have gone insane developmentally disabled man child animals who hunt humans for sport while wrapped in the bloody pelts of emaciated tigers from the local zoo and all kinds of other chapters that will make you think Ah right there's the singular weirdo we all know and love It makes me much excited to delve into the final volume of the trilogy and of course from that point on to throw myself into the New Weird books he's now much better known for

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Weird and mesmerizingly grotesue The Drought tells the chilling story of the world on the brink of extinctio. Like The Drowned World this early Ballard novel is visiting through fiction the experience of a world turned upside down that is described in Empire of the Sun Or to be slightly different applying the understanding that gave him and trying to share that with others through fiction You think you know the world says Ballard it looks familiar comprehensible yes Well now look at your picnic as I yank out the blanket from underneath it And as a reader one agrees given this one simple change how radically different our cosy little picnic has become Here it is not invading Japanese who overturn with casual indifference the apple cart of colonial Shanghai but a drought that drives society out of the familiar An unending drought causes the cities to become empty while the seashore becomes an encampment for the population working to produce fresh water rather than finding food which had been Ballard's boyhood experience in China In these earlier novels it is the familiar environment taken for granted which Ballard shows as treacherous later he shifts to portray human society as having through its own operations a natural tendency to dehumanise This is not though a book about the revolt of nature rather a revelation of the nakedness of the Emperor humanity does not apparently cause the drought for nature is simply beyond us and we are dependant on it like parasites Here if spring is silent it is because nature is fundamentally capricious The modern world is both in his vision fragile and tends to render us delicate a counterpoint to the triumphalism of faith in technology or otherwise said our colonial and pretended Imperial domination over nature

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The DroughtN where a global drought brought on by industrial waste has left mankind in a life or death search for water. Channel your interior Robbie Krieger and prepare for pondering The End No I don’t mean David Beckham’s retirement but rather closing time like permanently One of my criticisms of The Road was its attempt to capture the After with an almost biblical gravity of language JG Ballard appears too savvy for those traps His exploration is empty Life is vast and bleak It isn’t going to rain any We’re sure as hell Doomed done for Experiences don’t amount to much any I wouldn’t waste any time on Hope either It is this arid silence which propels the novel through its second and third sections After the end is always the challenge Hobbesean variations usually ensue Its the wild west or Somalia or simply wicked medieval madness There are hints of both here A disabled man flitting about on six foot stilts could be out of Fellini That said the characters’ responses are never emotional That aspect of humanity has been deleted for operating purposes I was impressed