Kingdom Come: A Novel

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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  - AJBraithwaite - LibraryThing

I liked the story and a lot of the concerns Ballard is addressing in this book. I wasn't completely convinced about the motivations of the principal characters - Pearson's awareness of the evils of ... Read full review

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User Review  - adrianburke - LibraryThing

Although I could see some point to the book I could not really believe it. The first name of one character changed from Tom to Dave in two pages and at another point a policewoman is in the main ... 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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