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The Crystal World By J.G. Ballard The Crystal World J G Ballard s fourth novel which established his reputation as a writer of extraordinary talent and imaginative powers tells the story of a physician specializing in the treatment of leprosy who is

  • Title: The Crystal World
  • Author: J.G. Ballard
  • ISBN: 9780374520960
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Crystal World By J.G. Ballard J G Ballard s fourth novel, which established his reputation as a writer of extraordinary talent and imaginative powers, tells the story of a physician specializing in the treatment of leprosy who is invited to a small outpost in the interior of Africa Finding the roadways blocked, he takes to the river, and embarks on a frightening journey through a strange petrified fJ G Ballard s fourth novel, which established his reputation as a writer of extraordinary talent and imaginative powers, tells the story of a physician specializing in the treatment of leprosy who is invited to a small outpost in the interior of Africa Finding the roadways blocked, he takes to the river, and embarks on a frightening journey through a strange petrified forest whose area expands daily, affecting not only the physical environment but also its inhabitants.Through a leaking of time, the West African jungle starts to crystallize Trees are metamorphosed into enormous jewels Crocodiles encased in second glittering skins lurch down the river Pythons with huge blind gemstone eyes rear in heraldic poses.Fearing this transformation as a herald of the apocalypse, most flee the area in terror, afraid to face a catastrophe they cannot understand But some, dazzled and strangely entranced, remain to drift through this dreamworld forest Travelling through this gilded land, the doctor tries to resist its strange allure while a tribe of lepers search for Paradise
    The Crystal World By J.G. Ballard

    Crystal World, The J G Ballard, Sean Barrett The Crystal World is JG Ballard s fourth novel and among the better of his environmental disaster yarns It begins as a kind of sci fi Heart of Darkness, with the book s protagonist, Dr Edward Sanders, heading up an African river in search of his friends, the Clairs, who have disappeared behind a security screen of French and African soldiers posted in the jungle. The Crystal World The Crystal World by J.G Ballard The Crystal World is J.G Ballard s third apocalyptic work in which he destroys civilization, the other two being The Burning World and The Drowned World It seems he likes the elements, having employed floods, draughts, and now crystallization. The Crystal World Kindle edition by Ballard, J G The Crystal World, J G Ballard s fourth novel, which established his reputation as a writer of extraordinary talent and imaginative powers, tells the story of a physician specializing in the treatment of leprosy who is invited to a small outpost in the interior of Africa Finding the roadways blocked, he takes to the river, and embarks on a frightening journey through a strange petrified forest whose area The Crystal World Locrian Songs, Reviews, Credits The album title is another tip of the hat to rock roll and literature of the fantastic in this case, J.G Ballard s novel of the same name but The Crystal World finds Locrian concentrating less on mysterious high rises and body shock than atmospherics familiar from metal s continuing impact over the The Crystal World album Rarest Crystals in the World Rarest The Crystal World Ballard, J G The Crystal World is JG Ballard s fourth novel and among the better of his environmental disaster yarns It begins as a kind of sci fi Heart of Darkness, with the book s protagonist, Dr Edward Sanders, heading up an African river in search of his friends, the Clairs, who have disappeared behind a security screen of French and African soldiers posted in the jungle. Rarest Crystals in the World Rarest Home CWI LIGHTING BE THE FIRST Sign up for our Lighting Trends Guide and be in the know for your next home dcor project.

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    1. mark monday on said:

      a physician in africa a world of disease decay takes strange shape a move into the unknown the inexplicable finds its form and renovates, reconfigures a new, dead life figures in a landscape become one with that landscape stylized characters form a comic tableau, fighting and fucking and dying, always dying a journey up river into the heart of an exterminating whiteness leprosy and crystallization, two sides of one coin this cartoon world ends not with a bang but with stasis an alien landscape t [...]

    2. Lyn on said:

      Kind of a wild mix between Joseph Conrad and Erich Maria Remarque, with a nod to Malcolm Lowry and with the edgy other worldliness of Philip K Dick The comparisons to Vonnegut s Ice nine from Cat s Cradle will be inevitable, but the distinction is one of procedure rather than substance.Vonnegut used Ice nine as a plot device, whereas Ballard s crystals are a metaphor for our unavoidable demise, our inescapable mortality The novel s protagonist Dr Sanders specializes in the treatment of leprosy p [...]

    3. Bradley on said:

      What do I think of this novel I already got a glimpse of it amidst several of the first half of the complete short stories of Ballard, so I knew what to expect before sinking my teeth in it Time flowers leads to these crystals The Illuminated Man himself was drawn into the theme of the Crystal World There s a lot of great imagery going on, and surprisingly, it isn t just the descriptions of the the world being consumed by a time reversed or rather, collided time with anti time semi liquid crysta [...]

    4. Manny on said:

      Ballard novel subject, end time Crystal, metaphor Verbs Inappropriateness Nouns, exclusivity Technique problems Action omission Review inanity, boredom Book impossibility Author choices, comprehension Ballard uniqueness, praise OULIPO DisagreementD Certainty.

    5. Stuart on said:

      The Crystal World Time and death are defeated as crystallization takes overOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureThe Crystal World 1966 is J.G Ballard s third apocalyptic work in which he destroys civilization, the other two being The Burning World 1964 and The Drowned World 1962 It seems he likes the elements, having employed floods, draughts, and now crystallization The process somewhat resembles Ice 9 in Kurt Vonnegut s Cat s Cradle 1963 , but there is no ironic humor to be found in this boo [...]

    6. RandomAnthony on said:

      JG Ballard s The Crystal World is a mindbending book that, by the last page, I was glad to end The premise is fascinating out of nowhere jungles across the globe begin to crystallize The crystallization slowly spreads, enveloping everything in its path, including animals, buildings, and people Ballard is enad with describing the silent, alien landscape inherent in the crystal zone, definitely to the point where the jungle becomes a character and possibly to the point of overkill The novel focuse [...]

    7. Spacemummy on said:

      I found a fossilized chiffon cake in a cave Ballard popped out of it and I fired at him with my shotgun, setting off a storm of falling stalactites The sound of them exploding against the cave floor was deafening, but that s not what stunned me It was the efflorescence of the fractured crystals releasing trapped light and time I wondered if this was all a metaphor for wanting to fuck one of my literary heroes You know, overall, you re not really that great of a writer Yes, he said, But I can des [...]

    8. Simon Fay on said:

      Later in his career, J.G Ballard advised that a writer shouldn t write too many books I took this to mean that a person can expend their reserve of creativity and end up becoming a pale imitation of themselves I also gathered that this advice came from Ballard s personal experience.I haven t read most of his material, but I have dipped into examples from numerous points in his career, and while I agree that his later offerings were rather flat, the problem of diminishing returns can be seen as e [...]

    9. Nate D on said:

      Legendarily inspired by a boat ride through the Everglades on hallucinogens, this is a novel driven primarily by the crystalline clarity of its images Plot and character wind through the annealed alien formations with the cold delineation and pre determination of icons in a symbolist frieze This makes for a rather distanced reading, but the sheer descriptive imagination and conceptual grandeur yes, this is a novel about the crystallization of the the entire universe, perhaps a phase shift in the [...]

    10. fromcouchtomoon on said:

      Perhaps my favorite Ballard novel so far, the most impressive element being the endless variety of descriptions of this crystallizing jungle in the heart of Africa Ballard is one of the few writers I ve encountered who can utilize descriptive language to its full effect, without sounding like he wrote with the thesaurus open on his lap, and without sounding kitschy The prose mesmerizes.Like his other novels, Ballard is concerned with the effects of modernization on humanity, and how it dehumaniz [...]

    11. Shawn on said:

      Probably the best of the Ballard elemental apocalypse quartet or it ties with The Drowned World at least Once again, it s Ballard taking apart Joseph Conrad s Heart of Darkness and reassembling it as a post modern tale of apocalypse and humanity s failings a journey up river through an African jungle slowly being encroached on, and transformed into, crystal Time itself is the cause like a dissolved material reaching maximum load in a solution, it begins to precipitate out into spacetime, slowing [...]

    12. Bert on said:

      Ballard achieves a kind of psychedelic realism in this novel although at times it did get a bit too action adventurey for my liking What really stuck with me was the image of the vitrifying forest itself with its crystal river, kaleidoscopic trees, and jewelled crocodiles, the mysterious Suzanne with her leonine mask of leprosyhorrible and beautiful, and written in a kind of hypnotic, trance like language which makes the plot itself seem less significant.

    13. Charles Dee Mitchell on said:

      A leper doctor arrives in an African backwater He is mildly interested in renewing an adulterous affair with the wife of a friend who runs a mission upriver, but what is finds is a world undergoing a sea change The jungle, the wildlife, even the people are all becoming something rich and strange This is a sci fi mash up of Joseph Conrad and Graham Greene Faced with the inexorable march of the crystallizing environment, the hero perhaps bows to the inevitable, but he also embraces it.

    14. Aaron Wickstrom on said:

      The Crystal World made me feel uncomfortable, in ways both good and not so good On the good side, the constant repetition of the same descriptions and words jeweled, deliquescing, glittering, etc added to my understanding of the crystallization process by creating a kind of textual parallel images and metaphors, like the reduplicating crystallizing objects, jut out of the text without any noticeable purpose but to better draw a landscape that is difficult to see Ah, but not really, see And that [...]

    15. sologdin on said:

      Nutshell when the world turns to glass, real men hoard women.Situated between Conrad s Heart of Darkness and Wayne Madsen s Decade of Death Secret Wars and Genocide in Africa 19932003, we have here the colonialist traveling to the heart of sub Saharan Africa and finding horror therein.Opens at a port in Gabon where protagonist, one Dr Sanders potentially related to the colonel yeah, I m a dick discusses with a priest how the light is always like this, very heavy and penumbral do you know Bocklin [...]

    16. Mark McGinty on said:

      SpellbindingThis is an interesting piece of literature, not quite a fantasy story, but not quite within the bounds of reality The characters are normal people, the setting is a small town with nothing special about it, except that it is beside a jungle where jewels grow out of the ground like weeds, and as a tumor, overtake anyone or anything in their way If you can find your way out, before becoming a frozen statue of gems, the crystals melt away as you cross an invisible threshold It s mesmeri [...]

    17. Mintkittytea on said:

      Trippy Science fict fan 1966 Post apocalypticYYYAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY JG Ballard is an amazing writer with an amazing life story He wrote The Empire of the Sun as a semi autobiographical story about growing up in the internment camps in WWII Japan It was made into a great movie, where Christian Bale, as a child, played the author The Observer calls this book, aptly, A haunting picture of diseased beauty, West African jungle starts to crystallizeman vs.himself

    18. Sarah Kelsey on said:

      This is a sci fi take on Conrad s _Heart of Darkness_ I remember this book s theme and the gradual crystalization of the living things, a sort of leprosy of inertia It was quite an interesting idea.As I recall, we read this in my UW Sci fi class.

    19. Stephen Dranger on said:

      60s adventure pulp trash So many things are wrong with this book In it, you ll find the sexism and racism you d expect from this era and this genre The main character is a dull block of wood with no personality, almost a complete lack of motivation, and no visible character arc The supporting cast are all one dimensional It even fails as science fiction the main idea is that somehow some kind of time crystals are forming in a jungle somewhere, the author waves his hands about this representing s [...]

    20. Simon on said:

      This is my third Ballard novel and I am getting used to the way he writes heavy use of imagery, plot as a vehicle for the thinly veiled subtexts, characters on a quest to discover something about themselves and cryptic, stilted dialogue with much left unsaid leaving the reader to fill in the gaps.Thought provoking as ever, one really needs time to digest the book and no doubt would benefit from a re read.The science behind the premise of this book is mind baffling nonsense as far as I know but t [...]

    21. Dave Bunting on said:

      I can t read any book where I can feel the thesaurus in the author s lap It s pompous and inauthentic I made it about halfway through The Crystal World, but had to finally put it away shortly after seeing the words deliquescing, coruscation, and palimpest in one paragraph Some may think that makes me seem uneducated or simple people who feel that way can continue to feel that way because their opinion is irrelevant When I read an author that is trying this hard to use impressive language at the [...]

    22. Bill on said:

      The story got off to a slowish start as, with most JG Ballard stories, you do need to focus on his writing style As I got into it,I got much involved with the plot, basically a Doctor, in Africa, travels up river to find his friends He discovers that the forest and area where he wishes to go is being transformed, the vegetation, even the people, into crystal It s an interesting journey, as he becomes involved with other peoples stories and tries to stay alive It s worth reading if you re famili [...]

    23. Sus on said:

      Wow For a classic, this is one of the most intelligence insultingly terrible books I ve ever made the slogging effort to finish.Seriously, WTF Who the fuck thinks this is a classic Honestly, this is a shitty, incoherently plotted, carelessly inconsistent, ten year old wish fulfilment kind of ridiculous potboiler of a hack job And, yeah, it does have a much than usually serious Aesthetic Concept at the center, but uh that alone doesn t make for a good, or even readable, book I don t know, man, I [...]

    24. Andrew on said:

      I ve been a long time fan of J.G Ballard, but this isn t his best book There are only so many ways you can describe a crystalline forest To his credit, Ballard tries all of them, but there s a certain repetitiveness to the writing that starts to grate after a while So I look to the characters and the action for brilliance Ballard has never been a character centered writer his talent lies in his ability to render a bizarre world It s not a horrid book, but it would have been far better as a lean, [...]

    25. Beth on said:

      One of Ballard s armageddon pieces In his three previous books The Drowning World, The Drought also called The Burning World , and The Wind from Nowhere destruction comes from natural disasters In the Crystal World, destruction comes under the guise of beauty and few seem able to resist But than a dire warning about the disasters we re calling down on our own heads, this is also a meditation on the price of immortality To gain eternal existence we lose our movement through time.

    26. Niall Whyte on said:

      It s an eery world that J G Ballard shows us in this book There is always the threat of the crystallization of the world advancing in the background, against which the main characters fight.A lot of mental images have stayed with me after reading this Well worth a look.

    27. Andrea on said:

      I wasn t as blown away by this as I expected to be and weirdly, I m developing this idea that it s just a metaphor for really good weed, which I can dig Appreciated the partially palindromic conclusion, though I suppose even this felt a little hollow.

    28. Amy Talluto on said:

      Beautiful imagery and a good ideabut the characters are shallow and the plot is slow paced It was written in the 50 sbut still excuse.

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