The Crystal World

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Macmillan, 1966 - Fiction - 210 pages

J. G. Ballard's fourth novel, which established his reputation as a writer of extraordinary talent and imaginative powers, tells the story of a physician specializing in the treatment of leprosy who is invited to a small outpost in the interior of Africa. Finding the roadways blocked, he takes to the river, and embarks on a frightening journey through a strange petrified forest whose area expands daily, affecting not only the physical environment but also its inhabitants.

 

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Dr. Sanders, taking a brief holiday from his duties at an African leprosarium, finds himself caught up in the odd activities surrounding an obscure African port. It seems that everything is slowly ... Read full review

Contents

The dark river 3
3
The jeweled orchid
26
Mulatto on the catwalks
40
A drowned man
50
The crystallized forest 6 5
75
The illuminated
91
The summer house 1 10
110
Serena
124
The mask
140
The white hotel
151
Duel with a crocodile
171
Sarahand for lepers
191
The prismatic sun
201
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J.G. Ballard is the author of numerous books, including Empire of the Sun, the underground classic Crash, and The Kindness of Women. He is revered as one of the most important writers of fiction to address the consequences of twentieth-century technology. His latest book is Super-Cannes. He lives in England.

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