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Book Title: Rushing to Paradise|
ISBN 13: 9780871403469
The author of the book: J.G. Ballard
Date of issue: February 4th 2013
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In 1995 France decided it would be a good idea to renew nuclear testing, and set off several bombs in the South Pacific. ‘Rushing to Paradise’ is J.G Ballard’s reaction. But this being Ballard, this is no simple anti-nuclear tract, or even environmental tale. In fact this is one of the trickiest, most inventive and impossible to predict books I’ve read in a long awhile.
Neil, a British adolescent, hooks up with Dr Barbara – a struck off and clearly disturbed doctor, with a passionate interest in the environment. They make their way to an atoll in the Pacific, with the intention of stopping any French nuclear tests in the area and saving the albatross indigenous to the island. The celebrity they get for their actions makes them a beacon for other environmentalists and do-gooders, but it soon becomes awfully clear that all is not as it should be on the island and that Dr Barbara’s view of what constitutes an endangered species has moved on.
Ballard has created a genuinely engrossing novel, which – much like the best of his work – does not follow any predictable path. No other writer could have written this book, which is interesting as it both takes him far away from his comfort zone of West London and utilises his youngest central character outside the autobiographical ‘Empire of the Sun’. It’s possible that some might find Neil’s guilelessness a little trying, but I think the intensity of his self delusion is perfectly fitting with the almost cult like existence he finds himself in.
Nuclear tests have fallen onto the backburner news-wise in recent times, but we still have more than enough nuclear weapons to destroy the planet (and a seemingly an ever growing number of countries determined to add to the arsenal), so this book may become frighteningly relevant again within the next couple of years. Even if it doesn’t (and I really hope it doesn’t), this is a really clever and twisted version tale, with takes parts from ‘Robinson Crusoe’, ‘The Lord of the Flies’ and ‘The Island of Doctor Moreau’ to make something truly original.
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Read information about the authorJames Graham "J. G." Ballard (15 November 1930 – 19 April 2009) was an English novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Ballard came to be associated with the New Wave of science fiction early in his career with apocalyptic (or post-apocalyptic) novels such as The Drowned World (1962), The Burning World (1964), and The Crystal World (1966). In the late 1960s and early 1970s Ballard focused on an eclectic variety of short stories (or "condensed novels") such as The Atrocity Exhibition (1970), which drew closer comparison with the work of postmodernist writers such as William S. Burroughs. In 1973 the highly controversial novel Crash was published, a story about symphorophilia and car crash fetishism; the protagonist becomes sexually aroused by staging and participating in real car crashes. The story was later adapted into a film of the same name by David Cronenberg.
While many of Ballard's stories are thematically and narratively unusual, he is perhaps best known for his relatively conventional war novel, Empire of the Sun (1984), a semi-autobiographical account of a young boy's experiences in Shanghai during the Second Sino-Japanese War as it came to be occupied by the Japanese Imperial Army. Described as "The best British novel about the Second World War" by The Guardian, the story was adapted into a 1987 film by Steven Spielberg.
The literary distinctiveness of Ballard's work has given rise to the adjective "Ballardian", defined by the Collins English Dictionary as "resembling or suggestive of the conditions described in J. G. Ballard's novels and stories, especially dystopian modernity, bleak man-made landscapes and the psychological effects of technological, social or environmental developments." The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography entry describes Ballard's work as being occupied with "eros, thanatos, mass media and emergent technologies".
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