Kingdom Come: A Novel (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Mar 5, 2012 - Fiction - 320 pages
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“J.G. Ballard is the undisputed laureate of suburban psychosis. . . . A brilliant novel.”—Literary Review

A violent novel filled with insidious twists, Kingdom Come follows the exploits of Richard Pearson, a rebellious, unemployed advertising executive, whose father is gunned down by a deranged mental patient in a vast shopping mall outside Heathrow Airport. When the prime suspect is released without charge, Richard’s suspicions are aroused. Investigating the mystery, Richard uncovers at the Metro-Centre mall a neo-fascist world whose charismatic spokesperson is whipping up the masses into a state of unsustainable frenzy. Riots frequently terrorize the complex, immigrant communities are attacked by hooligans, and sports events mushroom into jingoistic political rallies. In this gripping, dystopian tour de force, J.G. Ballard holds up a mirror to suburban mind rot, revealing the darker forces at work beneath the gloss of consumerism and flag-waving patriotism.

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User Review  - J. - Goodreads

It's the ideas of this book that are fascinating. The characters are mostly stale, the plot (when it's finally explained toward the end) doesn't really hold together all that well. But none of that is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lee Foust - Goodreads

"For some peculiar reason, they call it shopping. But it's really the purest kind of politics." As a fan of what Europeans call "the novel of ideas" it's not at all strange that I would read and enjoy ... Read full review

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J.G. Ballard was born in Shanghai in 1930 and lived in England from 1946 until his death in London in 2009. He is the author of nineteen novels, including Empire of the Sun, The Drought, and Crash, with many of them made into major films.

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