Concrete island by J. G. Ballard

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Published by Vintage Books in New York .

Written in English

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Edition Notes

Originally published: New York : Farrar Straus and Giroux. 1974, c1973.

Book details

StatementJ.G. Ballard.
LC ClassificationsPR6052.A46 C6 1985
The Physical Object
Pagination176 p. ;
Number of Pages176
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL2549952M
ISBN 100394741072
LC Control Number85040129

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Concrete Island book. Read reviews from the world. Seventies was a true artist. I love how obsessive these novels are, each one picking apart the cold voidyness of cars, concrete, high-rises but also maybe saying these things are just reflections of our own unnatural selves (in a Ballardian twist my copy has the wrong blurb on the back /5.

Concrete Island is a novel by British writer J. Ballard, first published in Plot introduction. A car accident leaves Robert Maitland, a wealthy architect in the Author: J.

Ballard. Apr 23,  · "Concrete Island" is a compelling short novel that works on multiple levels, as both a primal story of a man's attempt to survive and also as an exploration of existential ideas and commentary about human connections (or lack thereof) in our modern world.4/4(38).

Concrete Island is a bit of a modern take on Robinson Crusoe, which the author readily points to, going so far as to mention the story within his own story.

The writing started off so poetically, it was really promising. Later, the writing either slacked as the story picked up to move things along, or I grew accustomed to it/5(7). Concrete Island Book Summary and Study Guide. J.G. Ballard Booklist J.G. Ballard Message Board.

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Concrete Island; One day in April,year-old architect Robert Maitland races home Concrete island book a conference and a few nights with his mistress, but his Jaguar crashes through a highway barrier and into a large island.

Apr 23,  · Concrete Island: A Novel - Kindle edition by J. Ballard. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Concrete Island: A Novel/5(37).

Below the overpass, at the eastern end of the island, Concrete island book wire-mesh fence sealed off the triangle of waste ground from the area beyond, which had become an unofficial municipal dump.

In the shadows below the concrete span were several derelict furniture vans, a stack of stripped-down billboards, mounds of tyres and untreated metal refuse.4/5(32). Aug 05,  · Concrete Island is indeed a twentieth-century Robinson Crusoe, and follows a number of the Defoe novel’s postcolonial plot points.

Ballard feverishly expands and contracts Maitland’s traffic island into an expansive realm where anything can happen, resulting in scenes of dizzied exploration, discovery and transformation. A disgusting protagonist, an okay book The Concrete Island is a "modern" take on Robinson Crusoe, with dashes of s era offensive terms and mindsets for flavor.

If you are looking for a Robinsonade to thrill in the protagonist's ingenuity and will to survive, and you want it with a modern twist, go read The Martian. Concrete Island (a Novel) (Book): Ballard, J.

G.: "Concrete Island pays twisted homage to Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. Newly reissued Concrete island book an introduction from Neil Gaiman. 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. This book is not intended to be a straightforward adventure story or a character driven drama, or even a novel with some surrealistic wrcch2016.comte Island, like Ballard's most popular book Crash, is a novel length exploration of abstract concepts wrapped in a traditional narrative format.5/5(5).

Concrete Island by Ballard, J.G. and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at While David Pringle sees the third person narrator of High-Rise as Ballard himself (Pringle page 50), the third person narrator of Concrete_Island is one of the characters – Robert Maitland – and Maitland shapes everything in the book.

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Concrete Island is about man's relationship to structures and commodities they build (Maitland is an architect * wink * wink *) that end up rejecting them. J.G Ballard was a visionary in the purest sense of the word. There's no denying that. Concrete Island is indeed a work of great vision.

It's just not Ballard's best. Nov 08,  · Concrete Island by J. Ballard in CHM, DJVU, DOC download e-book. Welcome to our site, dear reader. All content included on our site, such as text, images, digital downloads and other, is the property of it's content suppliers and protected by US and international copyright laws%().

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Free shipping for many products. About the book: 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 /5(K). There's a narcissistic part of my brain that mulls the AMA questions I'll answer when I'm an established writer.

Which authors have most inspired/influenced you. Bradbury, Poe, Crichton—and now, J.G. Ballard. I only read High-Rise because of Tom Hiddleston, but Ballard's bizarre story obliterated that gorgeous man's face/voice/everything from my brain by the story's close.

As in all Ballard's best work `Concrete Island' provides an unnerving study of our modern lives and world. With his alienating, `Ballardian' view of normal events, this is a unique novel from one of the twentieth century's finest writers. Dec 22,  · Book Review: “Concrete Island” by JG Ballard It’s about a guy who crashes off a motorway onto a bit of waste ground.

He is injured and can’t attract attention to get rescued. The book explores his various escape attempts and strategies, and. Jan 20,  · Concrete Island by J. Ballard,available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide/5(7K). As in all Ballard's best work Concrete Island provides an unnerving study of our modern lives and world.

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Feb 18,  · If CONCRETE ISLAND proposes to think of the city as a condition of movement, exchange and intensities, this publication is an attempt to do so within the format of a printed publication. As part of this book launch, there will be public readings by selected contributors: Tse Hao Guang, Jason Wee and Anca Rujoiu.

Get this from a library. Concrete island. [J G Ballard] -- A year-old architect is driving home from his London office when his car swerves and crashes onto a traffic island lying below three converging motorways. Uninjured, he climbs the embankment to.

Ballard's newest nightmare fantasy of contemporary society finds hero Robert Maitland marooned on a seemingly deserted traffic island just outside London watching the unconcerned motorists stream by.

This modern-day Crusoe encounters two inhabitants in his explorations — a Sadie Thompson-ish neurotic runaway and a mentally defective ex-circus acrobat with the "natural dignity of a large.

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