The Day of Creation Author:J. G. Ballard Ballard is one of the most influential writers of teh last 25 years. Among his books: Empire of the Sun. The Day of Creation is an extraordinary fusion of the speculative genre he pioneered and the brilliant storytelling of his later works. — The parched terrain of Central AFrica is the locale. Dr. Mallory has come to a small town to run a WHO... more » clinic, but the guerrilla and paramilitary activity in this forgetton and lawless zone have left hiem without patients. He dreamst, instead of bringing water to this region, of discovering a 3rd Nile that will make the desert bloom.
Then a miracle occurs: a tractor shifts a tree trunk and water bubbles tothe surface. First a tricle, soon a flood. Within days, a river seems to be forming. To Mallory the river is his creation, to be owned by him, named after him and be explored.
On his journey to the source, he becomes the focus of a strange and diverse group of people . . .
This is Ballard at his most tantilizing. Reminiscent of Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Theroux's Mosquito Coast, it represents a startling blend of adventure and meditative fiction.« less