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The characters in this novel go against the norm for post-apocalyptic novels. If anything, it could use some editing down.

If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were. The world is warming due to an atmospheric erosion caused by events in the sun, and a heat-wave, accompanied by floods, is moving slowly toward the poles. The Drowned World is dripping with doom.

El Mundo Sumergido

I might have generously given this 3 stars were it not for 3 appalling typos or grammatical errors; have these been in the text since ? The uterine odyssey of the growing foetus recapitulates the entire evolutionary past, and its central nervous system is a coded time scale, each nexus of neurones and each spinal level marking a symbolic station, a unit of neuronic time. First, maybe I am missing something, some connection between the t, but I did not care a jj about any of them. Most life is centred on the polar areas.


The Drowned World

The story focuses on Robert Kerans, a member of a research team sent to an inundated future London to investigate abllard changes that have occurred as the climate has shifted. It certainly makes want me to read Crash and other Ballard novels I have read and forgotten about. The biggest developments of the immediate future will take place, not on the Moon or Mars, but on Earth, and it is inner space, not outer, that need to be explored.

And most of all who cares?? It seems far-fetched, but Ballard writes about it with conviction and detail: Fellow biologist Bodkins describes it well: For some reason, the environment of the flooded world is causing a gradual regression or devolution on the creatures living on it. They are currently docked over a drowned London. Ballard “Reading Climate Change in J. The Drowned World is not exactly a screed about our endangered world as caused by mankind.

Travis Elborough talks to J. Bxllard the style lacks enough substance to support it; ultimately, the story falls flat. Ballard’s first ‘official’ novel, The Drowned Worldstill shows some signs of mastering his craft.

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Once the set is changed, then the actors start to play different parts. Ballard explores the urges that are normally repressed by civilized human beings. The further down the Central Nervous System you move, from the hindbrain through the medulla into the spinal cord, you descend back into the neuronic past. The only female character is nothing more than a prop for the male characters to maneuver around, and there’s an uncomfortable air of minstrelsy around the black characters.

Yet I was expecting something moving, something that professed purpose.

There are a couple of radical shifts from the earlier book. Kerans is intent on escaping the clutches of all that is trying to bind him and head South into the uncertainty of a new world.


Again Sumergudo has that knack of describing a situation that is the right side of believable, this could happen, and that makes it a disturbing read. So the two or three crazy people flee superheated London and make their way south, via whatever boat-type apparatus they can cobble together, toward the Equator.

There is a heftiness of prose here, and the description is so cinematic that, like I mentioned, I found the medium to be more suitable for a rip-roarin’ script. His use of figurative language is dumergido. Everybody else, even the main character, are little more than cardboard cutouts. Set in the year in a post-apocalyptic and unrecognisable London, The Drowned World is a setting of tropical temperatures, flooding and accelerated evolution.

Oh, what’s ballsrd to be said about J.

Yes, it is rather more extreme than most global warming scenarios would call for, but Ballard made it thoroughly believable. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. His descriptions–of the pitiless sky, of a ghostly submerged observatory, of the flooded streets of London rife with gargantuan plants, and of a collective nightmare where iguana calls to iguana through an eternal tropical forest–remain in memory long after the book is done.