Kingdom Come: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company, Mar 5, 2012 - Fiction - 310 pages
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Never before published in America—J. G. Ballard's capstone novel, a thriller that envisions the collapse of our consumerist culture.

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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Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
20
Section 3
29
Section 4
38
Section 5
47
Section 6
60
Section 7
66
Section 8
73
Section 22
173
Section 23
180
Section 24
189
Section 25
194
Section 26
205
Section 27
212
Section 28
216
Section 29
223

Section 9
79
Section 10
86
Section 11
93
Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
126
Section 16
131
Section 17
137
Section 18
144
Section 19
148
Section 20
156
Section 21
162
Section 30
226
Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
247
Section 34
257
Section 35
265
Section 36
273
Section 37
279
Section 38
284
Section 39
296
Section 40
302
Section 41
306
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About the author (2012)

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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