Millennium People

J. G. Ballard, Author
J.G. Ballard. Norton, $25.95 (304p) ISBN 978-0-393-08177-0
Reviewed on: 04/11/2011
Release date: 07/01/2011
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The middle class launches a violent revolution in this prophetic satire by the late master Ballard (1930–2009). David Markham, a psychologist, infiltrates the "rebellion of the new proletariat" at—naturally—a cat show, looking for the architects of the Heathrow Airport bombing that killed his ex-wife. What he finds are a bored coterie of suburbanites: charmingly unhinged academic Kay Churchill, biker-priest Stephen Dexter, and Kurtz-figure Richard Gould, who dreams of liberation from the 20th century. As David's spying becomes increasingly participatory, his actions begin to worry his second wife, Sally, who may herself be at risk of being swept up in Richard's plans to expand his campaign of structured "pointless violence." Ballard is a British Philip K. Dick, heir to Conrad and H.G. Wells, in whose stories the present, taken to extremes, anticipates the future. In fact, the only complaint to be made of this bruisingly smart novel is that it has taken eight years for it to appear in the U.S. (July)
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