The Crystal World

The novel tells the story of a physician trying to make his way deep into the jungle to a secluded leprosy treatment facility. While trying to make it to his destination, his chaotic path leads him to try to come to terms with an apocalyptic phenomenon in the jungle that crystallizes everything it touches.

At first glance I wasn’t to excited to read this book that Jeff Ford gave me to read. He’s been trying to expand my reading horizons and the first book he let me borrow was “Dangerous Laughter”, which quite honestly I had to force myself to get through.

I had never heard of J. G. Ballard and the book was published in 1966 so what was there to get excited over?

Well I’m about 1/2 done and this book is great. I have never read such enjoyable characterizations before. And his pacing and suspense are great as well. Best of all he is grandiloquent and pulls it off nicely.

I haven’t finished it yet but I highly recommend the book. Has anyone heard of any other good books by Ballard?

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Posted on May 5, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Matt: J. G. Ballard is one of the greats. Here’s a few more to check out.
    The Atrocity Exhibition (you’ll especially like this one)
    The Drowned World
    Crash
    Concrete Island
    Vermillion Sands
    Empire of the Sun (autobiography)

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