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Holy crap, what a great premise for a story: a guy, livin' the good life (a couple of lives, actually...), drives off a freeway and onto a median hemmed in (or is it?) by speeding traffic, fences, and concrete. Injured, he pulls himself out of the car and embarks on a Sisyphean struggle through the loose dirt and waist-high grass of the impossibly steep embankment that looms between him and his salvation. If he could just claw his way up to the road, surely someone will pull over to help, right? Meanwhile, hours turn into days. Will he make it off the island? Does he want to? You won't want to wait to find out. Concrete Island is unputdownable.
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On a day in April, just after three o'clock in the afternoon, Robert Maitland's car crashes over the concrete parapet of a high-speed highway onto the island below, where he is injured and, finally, trapped. What begins as an almost ludicrous predicament soon turns into horror as Maitland—a wickedly modern Robinson Crusoe—realizes that, despite evidence of other inhabitants, this doomed terrain has become a mirror of his own mind. Seeking the dark outer rim of the everyday, Ballard weaves private catastrophe into an intensely specular allegory.

Synopsis:

On a day in April, just after three o'clock in the afternoon, Robert Maitland's car crashes over the concrete parapet of a high-speed highway onto the island below, where he is injured and, finally, trapped. What begins as an almost ludicrous predicament soon turns into horror as Maitland—a wickedly modern Robinson Crusoe—realizes that, despite evidence of other inhabitants, this doomed terrain has become a mirror of his own mind. Seeking the dark outer rim of the everyday, Ballard weaves private catastrophe into an intensely specular allegory.

About the Author

J. G. Ballard is the author of numerous books, including Empire of the Sun, the underground classic Crash, and The Kindness of Women. He is revered as one of the most important writers of fiction to address the consequences of twentieth-century technology. His latest book is Super-Cannes. He died in 2009.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312420345
Author:
Ballard, J. G.
Publisher:
Picador USA
Author:
Ballard, J. G.
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Picador USA
Series Volume:
#WQ-97-28
Publication Date:
20011031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.26 x 5.73 x 0.505 in

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Holy crap, what a great premise for a story: a guy, livin' the good life (a couple of lives, actually...), drives off a freeway and onto a median hemmed in (or is it?) by speeding traffic, fences, and concrete. Injured, he pulls himself out of the car and embarks on a Sisyphean struggle through the loose dirt and waist-high grass of the impossibly steep embankment that looms between him and his salvation. If he could just claw his way up to the road, surely someone will pull over to help, right? Meanwhile, hours turn into days. Will he make it off the island? Does he want to? You won't want to wait to find out. Concrete Island is unputdownable.

"Synopsis" by ,
On a day in April, just after three o'clock in the afternoon, Robert Maitland's car crashes over the concrete parapet of a high-speed highway onto the island below, where he is injured and, finally, trapped. What begins as an almost ludicrous predicament soon turns into horror as Maitland—a wickedly modern Robinson Crusoe—realizes that, despite evidence of other inhabitants, this doomed terrain has become a mirror of his own mind. Seeking the dark outer rim of the everyday, Ballard weaves private catastrophe into an intensely specular allegory.

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