Kingdom Come

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Fourth Estate, 2006 - Advertising - 280 pages
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Richard Pearson, unemployed advertising executive and life-long rebel, is driving out to Brooklands, a motorway town on the M25. A few weeks earlier his father was fatally wounded at the Metro-Centre, a vast shopping mall in this apparently peaceful town, when a deranged mental patient opened fire on a crowd of shoppers.

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User Review  - Jeremy - Goodreads

Man, do I love late career Ballard. A total skewering of mindless consumerism in an orgy of destruction and violence. 2 Thumbs Up!!! Read full review

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User Review  - Natasa Tovornik - Goodreads

A book that shows how passiveness and consumerism can lead to fascism. How "belonging to" can turn us against each-other and how voting with credit cards creates a dysfunctional society. At times maybe a bit far fetched but a great read anyhow. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

J. G. Ballard was born to British parents in Shanghai, China on November 15, 1930. While a child during World War II, he spent four years in a Japanese POW camp. This experience was the basis for the emotionally moving novel Empire of the Sun, which he adapted into a successful movie, directed by Steven Spielberg. Before becoming a full-time writer, he studied medicine at Cambridge University and served as a pilot in the British Royal Air Force. Ballard is best known for his science fiction writings. His early works were heavily influenced by surrealism. Most of his novels deal with death and destruction of the human spirit. Novels such as Crash, Concrete Island, and High Rise portray a society that is devolving into barbaric chaos. Crash was made into a movie by David Cronenberg in 1996. The Drowned World describes an apocalyptic society, with a hero that ushers in the destruction of the world. His novel Empire of the Sun was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and awarded the Guardian Fiction Prize and James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction. Empire of the Sun was filmed by Steven Spielberg in 1987, starring a young Christian Bale as Jim (Ballard). Ballard moved away from science fiction, but he is still considered one of the leading authors of the genre. He died on April 19, 2009 at the age of 78.

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