Concrete Island

Concrete Island

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J. G. Ballard

An architect is driving home from his London offices when a blow-out sends his speeding Jaguar hurtling out of control and crashing through the motorway barrier. When he tries to climb the embankment or flag-down a passing car for help it proves impossible – and he finds himself marooned on the concrete island. In this twisted version of Robinson Crusoe, our hero must learn to survive – using only what he can find in his crashed car. Concrete Island provides an unnerving study of our modern lives and world. With his alienating, ‘Ballardian’ view of normal events, this is a unique novel from one of our finest writers.

Reviews of Concrete Island

  • ‘This allegory of modern life is both compelling and profound’ Daily Telegraph

    ‘Ballard’s violent exact prose carries you along irresistibly. You believe him, you accept his vision, and it is a fearful one’ Sunday Telegraph

    ‘Ballard writes with taut and precise economy, and the moral of his brilliantly original fable is plain: the interstices of our concrete jungle are filled with neglected people, and one day those people could be ourselves’ Sunday Times

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