The Unlimited Dream Company: A Novel

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"A remarkable piece of invention, a flight from the world of the familiar and the real into the exotic universe of dream and desire." —New York Times Book Review

When a light aircraft crashes into the Thames at Shepperton, the young pilot who struggles to the surface minutes later seems to have come back from the dead. Within hours everything in the dormitory suburb is transformed. Vultures invade rooftops, luxuriant tropical vegetation overruns the quiet avenues, and the local ...

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Overview

"A remarkable piece of invention, a flight from the world of the familiar and the real into the exotic universe of dream and desire." —New York Times Book Review

When a light aircraft crashes into the Thames at Shepperton, the young pilot who struggles to the surface minutes later seems to have come back from the dead. Within hours everything in the dormitory suburb is transformed. Vultures invade rooftops, luxuriant tropical vegetation overruns the quiet avenues, and the local inhabitants are propelled by the young man’s urgent visions through ecstatic sexual celebrations toward an apocalyptic climax. In this characteristically inventive novel Ballard displays to devastating effect the extraordinary imagination that has established him as one of the twentieth century’s most visionary writers.

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Editorial Reviews

Spectator
“Extraordinary…Far beyond the scope of most novelists.”
Guardian
“Ballard is one of the few genuine surrealists in business…At its most heightened, Ballard's prose is an impacted mass of images, dense and iridescent as mercury, stranger, you might say, than fiction.”
AV Club
The Unlimited Dream Company…is in many ways Ballard's forgotten masterpiece, the apotheosis of his hallucinatory, perversion-binging '70s.”
New York Times Book Review
A remarkable piece of invention…dense and erotic and magical.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871404190
  • Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/20/2013
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 951,638
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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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