The Unlimited Dream Company

The Unlimited Dream Company

Paperback

J. G. Ballard

When a light aircraft crashes into the Thames at Shepperton, the young pilot who struggles to the surface minutes later seems to have come back from the dead. Within hours everything in the dormitory suburb is surreally transformed into a reality more akin to a dreamscape. Vultures invade the rooftops, luxuriant tropical vegetation overruns the quiet avenues, and the local inhabitants are propelled by the young man’s urgent visions through ecstatic sexual celebrations towards an apocalyptic climax. In this characteristically inventive novel Ballard displays to devastating effect the extraordinary imagination that established him as one of Britain’s most highly acclaimed writers.

Reviews of The Unlimited Dream Company

  • ‘A remarkable piece of invention, a flight from the world of the familiar and the real into the exotic universe of dream and desire…Dense and erotic and magical, a pleasure to read’
    Malcolm Bradbury, New York Times

    ‘Extraordinary…There is no doubt of the intensity and originality of the imagination that conceived the scenes of Shepperton transformed into a paradise…Far beyond the scope of most novelists’ Spectator

    ‘A remarkable fantasist…Ballard’s eloquence is as lush as the flowering vines he hangs from his multi-storey garages’
    Observer