Sunday, 19 April 2009

A light goes out in Shepperton

A light has gone out in Shepperton: JG Ballard died today. I was just thinking of him a couple of days ago.

I do think he's more likely to be remembered for his recent memoir and part-fictionalised autobiographical works, Empire of the Sun and The Kindness of Women, than for his novels.

His experience in the Japanese prison camp provided the thesis for pretty much all of them: people when removed from the trammels of civilisation soon go off the rails, especially when technology provides new means for them to do so. Mind you, as this was done so well, who cares?

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