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Drowned World
Drowned World | J G Ballard
In the novel that catapulted him to international acclaim upon its publication in 1962, J.G. Ballard's mesmerizing and ferociously prescient The Drowned World imagines a terrifying future in which solar radiation and global warming has melted the ice caps, and Triassic-era jungles have overrun a submerged and tropical London. Set during the year 2145, the novel follows biologist Dr. Robert Kerans and his team of scientists as they confront a surreal cityscape populated by giant iguanas, albino alligators, and endless swarms of malarial insects. Nature has swallowed all but a few remnants of human civilization, and slowly, Kearns and his companions are transformed--both physically and psychologically--by this prehistoric environment. The Drowned World is both a thrilling adventure and haunting examination of the effects of environmental collapse on the human mind.
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pyjamaviking
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SW-T Those look interesting 🙂 2mo
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nosferatu
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Pickpick

A bit of a slow read that got better whenever it deviated from its lame hero-versus-villain plot.

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vivastory
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One of my favorite Ballard novels, the tagged book takes place in a tropical London that is mostly underwater due to rising sea levels. I read this & Hello America, a companion novel, back to back. I liked Drowned World more but I definitely recommend both. Great prototypes of what is now called cli-fi. Since it is #MayMovieMagic I'd be remiss if I didn't also mention Ben Wheatley's perfect adaptation of another favorite Ballard, High Rise.

rohit-sawant I wasn't aware of Ballard! This sounds really interesting! 8mo
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Have you read/watched 8mo
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MStew
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Sci-fi dystopian! I love finding these when I'm out ! I think this is going to be my next read .

#scifi
#retro

Geeklet Is that a giant iguana eating London? That‘s fantastic. 9mo
MStew @Geeklet 😂😂😂😂😂😂 appears to be so 9mo
Exbrarian That book will make you sweat. You can just feel the humidity. 9mo
MStew @Exbrarian aww man I can't wait 😃😃😃😃 9mo
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vivastory
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J.G. Ballard's The Drowned World & Hello America have different characters, & are set in different countries (England & America); but the common thematic concerns of global warming make them companion novels. The tagged book is the better of the two, but Hello America is definitely worth reading. Two forerunners of what is now termed cli-fi.
#ICanSeeTheSunInLateDecember
#WinterWonderland
@TrishB @Cinfhen

Leftcoastzen Nice collection! 13mo
Exbrarian Read like a fever dream, but I liked it well enough. 13mo
vivastory @Exbrarian A fever dream is how most of Ballard's books are. I also really liked High Rise & many years ago I read Concrete Island. I don't recall very much, except it was one of the strangest books I'd read. Think I'm due for a reread 13mo
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Ms.Nic
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Mehso-so

Started strong, but lost my interest along the way. I kept to it hoping it would improve, but no. Just a so-so read.

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Oryx
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tpixie Great interpretation! 2y
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Sparkin
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This 1970s Okinawa hotel has been given a modern facelift through the planting of these trailing vines. Which, in turn, remind me of the tropical setting and luscious vegetation of 'The Drowned World'.

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Billypar
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I thought this one was just so-so, but I did appreciate the lush descriptions of submerged British cities, with only the tallest buildings poking out and animal and plant life reasserting their dominance. #wildworld #rockinmay @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Sounds good & Im happy with that #meagerPageCount 3y
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Strix
The Drowned World | J. G. Ballard
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What's not to like about JG Ballard? I've read quite a few of his books , and this one is as good as any of his . Any other Ballard fans out there?

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CastNuri
The Drowned World | J. G. Ballard
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Dense writing style but lush imagery and conceptually fascinating. A Triassic future.