Millennium People

Millennium People

by J. G. Ballard


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"The most cosmically elegiac writer in literature . . . no one reading Ballard could doubt the tidal gravity of his intellect." —Jonathan Lethem, New York Times Book Review

Violent rebellion comes to London’s middle classes in this “fascinating” (San Francisco Chronicle) novel from the same author of Crash and Empire of the Sun. Never more timely, Millennium People “seeks to illuminate our hearts of darkness while undermining our assumptions about what literature is meant to do” (Los Angeles Times).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780871404053
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 04/16/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About 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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Millennium People 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
voz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Some very interesting ideas about the so-called middle class but overall, this reads like it is crying for someone to make into a tacky Hollywood film with cardboard cut-out characters and lots of explosions. I kept with it to the end in a hope the might be some solid observations about life in London and angry urban professionals but no, that was too much to ask.
baswood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a snapshot of a society in revolt this novel succeeds very well. However I find that most of Ballards stories do not quite hang together and this is no exception despite a furious tieing up of loose ends at the end. The middle class revolt on a posh housing complex called Chelsea Marina in the novel reminded me of Dolphin square on the embankment in London and so I could easily imagine the scenario where the events take place. Urban terrorists with a charasmatic leader in Dr Gould with a penchant for mindless violence gives this book an edgy feel.
theboylatham on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago

Five out of ten.

An interesting and fast paced start became a run of the mill adventure. No real affinity with the main characters and the twists that did arrive were uninspiring...

djalchemi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this in London a month after the July 2005 bombings by young English muslims, though Ballard is not interested in the kind of sociological and historical explanations that might account for those atrocities. His bombers are middle class professionals, and mostly white. Their anger is a kind of existential disease of affluence - an extension of road rage, tantrums in supermarket queues or assault of parking attendants. As the disruptions come 'home' to London (after the continental European locations of Super Cannes and Cocaine Nights), this book has more echoes of The Atrocity Exhibition near the start of Ballard's career.
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KenCady More than 1 year ago
It took some 8 years for this book to come over the pond, and it would not bother me if it waited another 8. More social commentary than novel, it tells us that the middle class will revolt once they are brought to realize how much they hate their lives. I did get a laugh now and then as the author has a wicked sense of humor at points. All in all, though, it was a pretty boring read.