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Concrete Island
Concrete Island | J. G. Ballard
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On a day in April, just after three o'clock in the afternoon, Robert Maitland's car crashes over the concrete parapet of a high-speed highway onto the island below, where he is injured and, finally, trapped. What begins as an almost ludicrous predicament soon turns into horror as Maitland-a wickedly modern Robinson Crusoe-realizes that, despite evidence of other inhabitants, this doomed terrain has become a mirror of his own mind. Seeking the dark outer rim of the everyday, Ballard weaves private catastrophe into an intensely specular allegory.
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ReadingEnvy
Concrete Island | J. G. Ballard
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Mehso-so

A quick read from my 2010 TBR, a Ballard blacklisted title from 1974.

“You were on an island long before you crashed here.”

vivastory I read this one many many years ago & have thought about rereading it recently 5mo
ReadingEnvy @vivastory it's a quickie! 5mo
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Concrete Island | J. G. Ballard
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Diego: "I'm having a blind date with this book. At my bookstore, you can get a wrapped book with only a little bit of information. This one said 'Terrifying private catastrophe, psychological Gotham isolation'. That hooked me. The perfect book has to make a good first impression. And I'd like the stories and characters to be passionate and full of emotions. Basically the same things I look for in a person."

vivastory I read this when I was 18 or 19. Recently bought it for a reread. 3y
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Kosugi
Concrete Island | J. G. Ballard
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Vacation in just over a week = choosing a bunch of books to read around a campfire and while generally lazing about.

Reviewsbylola Vacation reading is the best! 4y
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