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Crash : A Novel
Crash A Novel
Author: J. G. Ballard
In this hallucinatory novel, an automobile provides the hellish tableau in which Vaughan, a "TV scientist" turned "nightmare angel of the highways," experiments with erotic atrocities among auto crash victims, each more sinister than the last. James Ballard, his friend and fellow obsessive, tells the story of this twisted visionary as he careens...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780312420338
ISBN-10: 0312420331
Publication Date: 10/5/2001
Pages: 176
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.

2.9 stars, based on 20 ratings
Publisher: Picador
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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The author is trying to make a statement about the consequences of our society's dependence on technology as an intermediary in human relations. I get it. The first chapter was bizarre, the second gory, but by the time he gets to chapter three, the book is not "horrific" as described by some critics. It's just plain horrible. The author's attempt to shock became boring. I stopped there. The torture in the book was quite enough. I saw no need to torture myself as well. In all fairness, I have just finished "American Psycho." The atrocities in "Crash" pale by comparison.
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Very avant-garde psycho-science-fiction story of car-crash sex fetishists. Yes, that's right! Surprisingly very readable basis for the movie of the same name.
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The goal of "Crash" is not to shock or horrify. Anyone looking for this will indeed be disappointed. The characters and situations are complex and at times repulsive, but never boring or trashy. To appreciate this book you certainly need a real interest in sexuality and psychology; "Crash" is not romantic or comforting. But it will stay in your mind for weeks after finishing it.