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Crash by J.G. Ballard

Crash (original 1973; edition 2004)

by J.G. Ballard

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Authors:J.G. Ballard
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Crash by J. G. Ballard (1973)


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Pretty weird and interesting stuff. Not for everyone I'm sure. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
Daring and transgressive, yet ultimately one of those novels that would have been more forceful had it been distilled down to the length of a short story. Crash is inventive and uncomfortable (in a good way), but the initial shock of the premise is weakened by being dragged out over a couple hundred pages. Not even self-destructive, eroticized techno-sexual depravity will stand up under endless repetition. Still an interesting read and I'll definitely be exploring Ballard's other work. ( )
  Matthew.Ducmanas | Mar 18, 2016 |
This was a very graphic and violent dystopian novel but also very powerful. The writing is cold and detached but shows the genius of J. G. Ballard as he points out to us what technology has done to our emotions and humanity. This book is not for the faint of heart as it is a look at modern society in regards to death, dismemberment and sexual fantasy. I do recommend the book though and look forward to exploring more of Ballard's work. ( )
  eadieburke | Jan 19, 2016 |
Crash is story of the narrator's obsession with car crashes and sex. After being almost killed in a car crash he becomes sexually obsessed with cars and in particular car crashes. Pictures of car crash victims are like the best porn in the world for this narrator. In the 1001 reference book it says, "the first pornographic book dominated by twentieth-century technology."

What can I say about this book? It's disgusting and I pretty much hated every minute of it the reading process. I wish I could have appreciated elements that one other person in the 1001 group pointed out (the impact of modern day technology on human emotions and sexuality), but I was so disgusted throughout the whole thing that the only thing I could think about was finishing the book.

The writing style was interesting, at least for the few bits in between the graphic pornographic sections. In fact, if not for the writing style, I would have given it zero stars. The content was repulsive. Lots of vivid description of car crash scenes and a lot of detail of bodily fluids. I am pretty sure the most common word in the book was semen. I generally don't like very graphically sexual novels, but even those I can tolerate and don't make me want to vomit. It was the juxtaposition of graphic sex with violence and car crash imagery that I couldn't tolerate. I skimmed much of it and my husband kept asking me what was wrong b/c I apparently had a look of smelling poo the whole time I was reading it.
This was my first experience with Ballard's work and it makes me never want to pick up another one of his books.

Want a flavor of the book? Here's a relatively tame quote:

"This pool of vomit with its clots of blood like liquid rubies, as viscous and discreet as everything produced by Catherine, still contains for me the essence of the erotic delirium of the car-crash, more exciting than her own rectal and vaginal mucus, as refined as the excrement of a fairy queen, or the minuscule globes of liquid that formed beside the bubbles of her contact lenses."

The plus side, is that I can't wait to write a review of this for our blog (my co-blogger also hated it) along with a "10 things I hate as much as the novel Crash."
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1 vote JenPrim | Jan 15, 2016 |
Crash J G Ballard

Firstly I will say if I had picked up the book and read the back cover in a bookstore or library I would have put it back down and walked slowly away its only the fact that it is a 1001 book and I am competitive that made me force myself through all 185 pages of this sick novel.

The book is basically about a man, Ballard, who is involved in a horrible car crash in which he kills another man, instead of reacting like a normal human being and finding himself repulsed with what has happened and fearful to drive he instead becomes obsessed with the sexual feeling aroused in him by the crash.

Ballard meets Vaughan another man obsessed by sex, car crashes and filming both from this point on the book is nearly all graphically and vulgarly described sex, crash injuries, sexual feelings aroused by crashes, and in depth descriptions of injuries especially those involving sexual organs.

All I can say is I wish that both Ballard and Vaughan had died in their first car crashes and saved me the bother of having to read and review this utter rubbish.

I worry about the publishers who published this and the people who decided it should be on the 1001 list, if that makes me old fashioned and unopen to new ideas then I am happy to live with those labels.

I would also add that if you are going to read a book by J G Ballard make it anything but this, personally I would highly recommend Empire of the Sun.
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J. G. Ballard's graphic, violent novel is controversial wherever it is read, even on Amazon.com's own Web page! The book's characters are obsessed with automobile accidents and are determined to narrate the horrors of the car crash as luridly as possible. In the words of the novel's protagonist, the wounds caused by automobile collisions are "the keys to a new sexuality born from a perverse technology." Read this novel and learn why David Cronenberg, who had previously adapted Dead Ringers and Naked Lunch for the screen, fought to turn it into his latest film.

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The definitive cult, post-modern novel - a shocking blend of violence, transgression and eroticism.

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