The sequel to "Empire of the Sun", this story follows the travels of Jim, as he leaves Shanghai after the war and tries to settle firstly in England and then Canada. Shattered by personal tragedy, he throws himself into the maelstrom of the 1960s, searching for peace of mind.
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‘Autobiography taken to the highest reaches of fiction, another wonderful novel of scorching power’ Observer
‘The most modern of writers; his art engages with the artefacts and obsessions of the second half of this century in a manner and with an intensity unmatched by any other writer I can think of’ William Boyd
‘Quite as extraordinary an achievement as “Empire of the Sun” … A dazzling construction, a sequence of chapters almost every one of which is a tour de force in its own right’ Guardian
‘Compulsively readable … unbearably moving’ Financial Times
‘Brilliant … Ballard at his best’ Independent on Sunday
‘The terrifying thing about Ballard is his logic; is this science fiction or history written ahead of its time?’ Len DeightonFrom the Back Cover:
THE SEQUEL TO HIS ACCLAIMED SEMI-AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOVEL EMPIRE OF THE SUN.
“This is autobiography taken to the highest reaches of fiction, another wonderful novel of scorching power, shot with honesty and lyricism.”
“A dazzling construction, a sequence of chapters almost every one of which is a 'tour de force' in its own right. He has put together the pieces of a fractured life here with honesty, humility and real brilliance.”
“Possesses all of the remarkable power and visceral impact of 'Empire of the Sun'“
“A writer of extraordinarily distinctive vision and power. With 'The Kindness of Women' and its predecessor, Ballard has produced what is effectively the autobiography of a sensibility. For my money, that sensibility is the most unusual and stimulating to have emerged in English literature since Graham Greene.”
“An impressive 'tour de force' … brilliant, almost hallucinatorily vivid.”
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
“Ballard is the most modern of writers; his art engages with the artefacts and obsessions of the second half of this century in a manner and with an intensity unmatched by any other writer. The book is full of mesmerising writing, classic examples of the Ballard style, paragraphs and pages that disturb and enthral. The blend is very potent and highly intoxicating.”
“A poignant, vivid novel, rich in symbolism and psychological insight.”
“Brilliant … Ballard at his best.”
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Book Description HarperCollins, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0002237717