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N 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

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The DroughtViolence erupts and insanity reigns as the human race struggles for survival in a worldwide desert of despa. I have to admit part of me loves the confusion surrounding a book with two names Is it The Drought or The Burning World Its dual identity added about five minutes onto my Google search for a cheap secondhand copy but when the package arrived I still felt like I'd gotten my hands on some arcane relic valuable only to those who know its thematic connection to Ballard's other novel The Drowned World As for the book itself I think that it boasts some strengths in comparison to his previous work but it's struck by some notable weaknesses tooIn The Drought the sun is doing something a lot relatable than transforming the Earth into a bubbling swamp It's drying up all of the water scorching the land to dust and crippling civilization with famine and disease Once again Ballard utilises the demoralising force of repetition to draw the reader into the deathstruck world but his inspiration for it seems to come less from the murky pool of his imagination and from the memories of his own troubled childhoodAnybody who's familiar with Ballard will know about his fictionalised memoir that recounts the time he spent growing up in a Japanese POW camp The movie that sprung from the book fascinated me as a boy which led me to his fiction as an adult and to an interest in his biography in general For me reading a Ballard book can sometimes become a treasure hunt as I pinpoint moments that have been directly inspired by the traumatic period he lived throughOne such moment is at the forefront of my mind when I think about The DroughtThe leading man nurses some affection for a woman in their camp She's fiery and rebellious or at least as best she can be under the conditions Most people are dying of thirst you see and have neither the will nor energy to get mad about anything The woman is different though Whether by instinct or choice she wants to hold onto some part of her identity in the face of overwhelming apathy and the only way she can think to do it is by being angryIn that single character description I think that Ballard achieved psychological complexity than he did in all of The Drowned World It injects the woman with life and by doing so makes the world around her a 3 dimensional place The Drowned World never reached that level but the follow up still manages to fall a little short of Ballard's previous apocalyptic novelThe climactic disaster in The Drought is a lot less blisteringly rendered At times it felt like Ballard had run out of steam with the concept but was ploughing ahead in the hopes of it coming together in the end There is some wonderful imagery at play I can still picture the ocean receding from the shorelines and the swath of humanity trailing its edge But overall the story just isn't as taut or inspired as I'd have liked it to be

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The Drought Free download ¾ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ê 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 humWeird 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