Audiobooks Kingdom Come –

Kingdom Come With a new introduction by Deborah Levy and a striking new cover design by the artist Stanley Donwood, Ballard s final novel sees consumerism evolve into something even sinisterA gunman opens fire in a shopping mall Not a terrorist, apparently, but a madman with a rifle Or not, as he is mysteriously and quickly set free without chargeOne of the victims is the father of Richard Pearson, unemployed advertising executive and life long rebel Now he is driving out to Brooklands, the apparently peaceful town on the M which has at its heart the very shiny shoppers paradise where the shooting happened the Metro CentreThen the main suspect is released thanks to the testimony of self styled pillars of the community like the doctor who treated Richard s father on his deathbed Richard, determined to unravel the mystery, starts to believe that something deeply sinister lurks behind the pristine facades of the labyrinthine mall, itshour cable TV and sports club I don t disagree with the many low raters pronouncements that its no cocaine nights or super cannes yeah ok it isn t but its got its own intangible, occult, uber surrey edge to it I loved it.For me this is a very fitting final Ballard.He takes the home counties dark heart out of the chest and holds it up to the face he gives us one last good look at how contaminated with necrotic decay we are before expiring He is a hero and a prophet RIP Anyone familiar with Ballard will expect to read about a social commentary whim taken to the hypothetical extreme and this lives up to the expectation I enjoyed reading it Although not in my top 5 Ballard books this still warrants investigation. Not up to J G Ballard s usual standard We know he was ill while he was writing itand it all got very muddled and the story didn t go anywhere Lots of repetition.A few interesting ideas on consumerism. Very good condition for a penny and an interesting read Typical Ballard observation of modern society framing a who dunnit

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