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When a light aircraft crashes into the Thames at Shepperton, the young pilot who struggles to the surface minutes later seems to have come back from the dead. Within hours everything in the dormitory suburb is transformed. Vultures invade rooftops, luxuriant tropical vegetation overruns the quiet avenues, and the local inhabitants are propelled by the young man’s urgent visions through ecstatic sexual celebrations toward an apocalyptic climax. In this characteristically inventive novel Ballard displays to devastating effect the extraordinary imagination that has established him as one of the 20th century’s most visionary writers.

©1979 J. G. Ballard (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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"A remarkable piece of invention, a flight from the world of the familiar and the real into the exotic universe of dream and desire." (New York Times Book Review)

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definitely dreamlike

this was interesting, and yes very dreamlike. you'll come to suspect some things early on, some of which will work out. it is a very surrealistic "story", full of imagery to be "figured out", some fertility imagery etc. it reminded me of a novel by D M Thomas called The White Hotel, a very psychological surrealistic image driven story. Can't really call this scifi though it may be marketed that way, more like psychological poetry to be deciphered.

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