Saturday August 15, 2020

Ballard’s suburban nightmare rattles the brain

{ "b" : "Kingdom Come," , "cite" : "by JG Ballard, Fourth Estate, €26.45."}

9th September, 2006

{ "b" : "Kingdom Come," , "cite" : "by JG Ballard, Fourth Estate, €26.45."}

“Insanity is waiting inside us, ready to come out when we need it,” observes a character midway through JG Ballard’s uneven but occasionally inspired new novel, Kingdom Come. In Ballard’s latest dystopian vision, it’s the English suburbs, with their drowsy villas, infantilising malls and ‘‘vaguely smothered’’ air of unease, that are likely to have characters resorting to madness....

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