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Crash In this hallucinatory novel the car provides the hellish tableau in which Vaughan a TV scientist turned nightmare angel of the highways experiments with erotic atrocities among auto crash victims

  • Title: Crash
  • Author: J.G. Ballard
  • ISBN: 9780312420338
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this hallucinatory novel, the car provides the hellish tableau in which Vaughan, a TV scientist turned nightmare angel of the highways, experiments with erotic atrocities among auto crash victims, each sinister than the last James Ballard, his friend and fellow obsessive, tells the story of this twisted visionary as he careens rapidly toward his own demise inIn this hallucinatory novel, the car provides the hellish tableau in which Vaughan, a TV scientist turned nightmare angel of the highways, experiments with erotic atrocities among auto crash victims, each sinister than the last James Ballard, his friend and fellow obsessive, tells the story of this twisted visionary as he careens rapidly toward his own demise in an intentionally orchestrated car crash with Elizabeth Taylor A classic work of cutting edge fiction, Crash explores the disturbing potentialities of contemporary society s increasing dependence on technology as intermediary in human relations.

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    About Author

    1. J.G. Ballard says:
      James Graham J G Ballard 15 November 1930 19 April 2009 was an English novelist, short story writer, and essayist Ballard came to be associated with the New Wave of science fiction early in his career with apocalyptic or post apocalyptic novels such as The Drowned World 1962 , The Burning World 1964 , and The Crystal World 1966 In the late 1960s and early 1970s Ballard focused on an eclectic variety of short stories or condensed novels such as The Atrocity Exhibition 1970 , which drew closer comparison with the work of postmodernist writers such as William S Burroughs In 1973 the highly controversial novel Crash was published, a story about symphorophilia and car crash fetishism the protagonist becomes sexually aroused by staging and participating in real car crashes The story was later adapted into a film of the same name by David Cronenberg.While many of Ballard s stories are thematically and narratively unusual, he is perhaps best known for his relatively conventional war novel, Empire of the Sun 1984 , a semi autobiographical account of a young boy s experiences in Shanghai during the Second Sino Japanese War as it came to be occupied by the Japanese Imperial Army Described as The best British novel about the Second World War by The Guardian, the story was adapted into a 1987 film by Steven Spielberg.The literary distinctiveness of Ballard s work has given rise to the adjective Ballardian , defined by the Collins English Dictionary as resembling or suggestive of the conditions described in J G Ballard s novels and stories, especially dystopian modernity, bleak man made landscapes and the psychological effects of technological, social or environmental developments The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography entry describes Ballard s work as being occupied with eros, thanatos, mass media and emergent technologies.

    Comment 278 on “Crash

    1. Jeffrey Keeten says:
      WARNING THIS IS A GRAPHIC ADULT REVIEW NO KIDDIES PLEASE I knew that Vaughan could never really die in a car crash, but would in some way be re born through those twisted radiator grilles and cascading windshield glass I thought of the scarred white skin over his abdomen, the heavy pubic hair that started on the upper slopes of his thighs, his tacky navel and unsavoury armpits, his crude handling of women and automobiles, and his submissive tenderness towards myself Even as I had placed my penis [...]

    2. Evan says:
      This book is a sausage made out of roadkilld glass shards And forced similes and metaphors strewn about the highway, ugly as a car wreck.So much semen is spurted and wiped on the dashboard instrument panels that I ceased after awhile to wonder or care how our motorists could even read the dials.So many commas and clauses litter the paragraphs like so many slashed half moon rubber tires lining the interstate that one hopes Ballard did not race past the tollbooths and rob the inventors of commas a [...]

    3. Fabian says:
      Not a novel really see it as an extended erotic poem instead It s a cool experience, fantastically odd it s a journey of infatuation into the erotic element inherent in all car crashes Like a dada experiment with clashing ideas and absurd pop symbols, everything is sensuous, even human defects are seen through a wholly unique filter, in sharp contrast with the immaculate beauty of the automobile Sex, like driving, has plenty of potential energy that s stored up the want for a release is, then, t [...]

    4. Jan-Maat says:
      The edition I read came with an introduction by the author in which he wrote we live in a world ruled by fictions of every kind mass merchandizing, advertising, politics conducted as a branch of advertising, the pre empting of any original response to experience by the television screen We live inside an enormous novel It is now less and less necessary for the writer to invent the fictional content of his novel The fiction is already there The writer s task is to invent the reality.In the past w [...]

    5. Jr Bacdayan says:
      Driving is such a pain in the ass I always imagine myself crashing the car, colliding with a truck full of chickens, or running over a demented pedestrian whenever I m holding a steering wheel Not that I m a bad driver, actually I m an excellent driver which really means I drive like a sloth Also, I don t really aim sexual fulfillment whenever I get into a car Unlike most people in this novel, a car, for me, is actually something I use to get somewhere And as opposed to Ballard s autoperverts th [...]

    6. Chris says:
      There are very few movies even remotely interesting enough to warrant reading the book it was adapted from but back in the glorious years of the late 1990 s, when I saw David Cronenberg s masterful adaptation of Crash , I knew there was absolutely no way I could go wrong with the book Let s face it, there is absolutely no way that you can sit through the entirety of the film and not get it on with whoever happens to be in close proximity, but just make sure there is someone there, even if it s a [...]

    7. Nandakishore Varma says:
      I know this avant garde novel is supposed have opened up brave new vistas in dystopian fiction, by boldly going where no man has gone before The courage of J G Ballard has to be admired the way he links violent death with sex his narrative structuring is exemplary However, I simply could not get into the book even after three or four tries The characters were extremely unlikeable the main premise was bizarre and the story failed to hold my interest I did not finish it.So I will have to give this [...]

    8. Melanie says:
      Reading this book wore me out I like Ballard, I think he s a writer who really gets technology, modernity, isolation, etc and I m pretty non judgmental about even sort of far out fetishes, but what kept flashing through my brain was GRATUITOUS GRATUITOUS WHEN WILL THIS BOOK END ARRGH And I don t even mean that it was gratuitous with the sex and accidents stuff although it was the blunt, increasingly inelegant repetition of Ballard s arguments made a compelling idea, after a certain point, just t [...]

    9. Mariel says:
      Butt on the leather interior Make that the hard seat vinyl sticking to the fart sound rubbing flesh like sweaty underwear that has crawled up sun don t shine places and worn for far too long and far too worn down Ass in the seat of humanity Hand on the wheel and the other masturbating a Johnson Not Lyndon Johnson Gotta be Ronald Reagan I admit I haven t thought about wounded Ronald Reagan much since just say no to drugs kindergarten sticker days to come up with any euphemisms in his honor Fortun [...]

    10. Apatt says:
      Two months before my accident, during a journey to Paris, I had become so excited by the conjunction of an air hostess s fawn gaberdine skirt on the escalator in front of me and the distant fuselages of the aircraft, each inclined like a silver penis towards her natal cleft, that I had involuntarily touched her left buttock Say whaaat Honestly, what the hell is this book I just read What was the author smoking when he was writing it And where can I get some I have to say this is one of the most [...]

    11. Cody says:
      Uh, I m pretty sure it s a metaphor.Just kidding.I never read reviews of a book I m about to gobble or have just finished, lest they unduly influence my perception Last night, however, I did make the mistake of looking at my friends reviews of this you re all good and accidentally glanced at the opinion of the Goodreadersphere at large Holy moly, talk about divisive The few I read indicated that the vox populi of GR place Crash somewhere next to cancer and the Holocaust on the list of world evil [...]

    12. Lit Bug says:
      Vaughan dies in his final car crash The car he stole from his friend James Ballard, the narrator cum character, ten days ago It was his last crash, the one he had planned meticulously during the course of his friendship with Ballard His earlier crashes were but rehearsals for this final performance, when he would crash the car into the limousine of American actress Elizabeth Taylor, killing both of them in an orgy of flesh and metal, an erotic encounter that would reach its mutual orgasm at the [...]

    13. Joshua says:
      Less of a conventional narrative arc based novel and of an exercise in rhythm and repetition of key phrases and imagery, Crash is not pleasurable reading Nor, I figure, is it intended to be It is extremely challenging, primarily owing to the graphic sex and violence, but also due to the clinical language Ballard employs to disengage the reader from the characters and their actions The injuries are as distant as an anatomy textbook s illustrations The sex is robotic The word mucus seems to appea [...]

    14. StevenGodin says:
      A non erotic, shocking and deeply disturbing auto wreck of perverted sexual carnage that just about stayed within the limitations of what my poor self could bare Credit to J.G though for having the balls, guts and all the rest of it to write something of this nature where many would look at this as a piece of attention seeking soft porn, I am not one of them, as believe it or not look beyond the car parts, body parts, twisted minds, and there is a deep underlying message concerning the human psy [...]

    15. Abram Dorrough says:
      Turns out reading this important, auto erotic novel in a moving car does not actually heighten the experience In a twist of irony, the car makes me infinitely sick than this sly book ever could alone Reading while driving does make the crash part a lot easier, however.

    16. JBedient says:
      If you ve never read Ballard, and you re curious, this is the book you want to start with I won t get into the plot or the antiseptic, yet haunting, prose I ll just say that all the motifs of Ballard are here, and they are presented with crystal clear precision, with touches of what I d call industrial surrealism.Some people find the book a little cold and detached but that s the whole point Ballard is not a Garcia Marquez, he s not painting a romantic picture full of pastels I m not knocking ma [...]

    17. Taylor says:
      The best part of Crash was the Introduction to the French Edition that s included at the start and isn t in all of the copies In it, Ballard makes a compelling case for the importance of science fiction and writing about the future, and a solid argument for why he thought to combine sex and car crashes Unfortunately, that s the only time in 200 ish pages that he had me convinced.Ballard s tale of people who get aroused by car crashes and mutilated bodies has aged poorly In the 70s, it was still [...]

    18. K.D. Absolutely says:
      This pornographic novel is sickening and pointless even if it delves on a medical condition called symphorophilia or being sexually aroused by being part or witnessing car crash incidents All the characters in this novel are either crippled or with scars because of having participated in intentional or simulated car crashes.I ve heard it many times that men with small penis tend to own big and expensive cars I think this is due to the notion that car can be a penis substitute However, in this no [...]

    19. Evi * says:
      Per pensare certe cose per immaginarle ci vuole un bel lampo di genio una bella fantasia, magari malata o patologica come quella di Ballard, diciamo che la fantasia non gli manca, ma gli manca la capacit di narrare, ha buone idee senza saperle potenziare, scrive e riscrive la stessa pagina, ne leggi dieci le hai lette tutte, identiche sequenze, fotogrammi e descrizioni di immagini che si ripetono in maniera ossessiva facendo abortire ogni tentativo di seguirlo.Crash C Vaughan uno scienziato, reg [...]

    20. Meseceva says:
      Bizarnost ovog romana je fascinantna, kao i koli ina morbidnosti na nekih dvesta i kusur stranica Do ivljaj prilikom itanja mo e se opisati kao izuzetno neprijatno, uznemiruju e iskustvo Osnova radnje je feti , opsesija dovedena do ta ke apsurda u kojoj postaje tragi na zbog svoje ispraznosti Pisac ka e da je Sudar opominju a metafora odnosa oveka prema tehnologiji Efekat oka je nameran i sra unat da upornim itaocima sa dobrim nervima i stomakom pri a ostane u dugom i nezaboravnom se anju I sve [...]

    21. Riona says:
      The word semen appears in this novel 61 times Blood appears 78 times Vomit , 11 times Mucus , 8 times Excrement , thriced Smegma , twice.That s really all you need to know about this novel Oh, and it s about a bunch of people who get off during car crashes In case you couldn t guess from all the semen.

    22. Brian says:
      And now it s time for J.G Ballard s phantasmagoria of motorcars and masochism, spark plugs and sodomy This book makes Tarantino s Death Proof look like bumper cars Tyler Durden would take the bus before riding with anyone from Ballard s cast.Unbeknownst to you and I, technology has altered modern life right down to its core, right down into the autonomic nervous system, where the oldest and most vital functions live Oh yes, sex has come under the domain of our technology We re responding to it i [...]

    23. Vanessa says:
      Crash doesn t really have a strong plot, so don t go looking for a satisfying story Instead, go into this preparing to be hammered with imagery of sex, death, and automobiles, all in vicious technicolour detail.The narrator unusually and somewhat trippily named Ballard finds himself in a horrifying car crash one day Out of the three passengers involved, there are only two survivors himself and Dr Helen Remington Her husband lies dead on the hood of Ballard s car From here on out, Ballard and Hel [...]

    24. Karina says:
      Crash I love this book because it focuses on three of my fetishes Fast cars Sex Death This book is not for those boring morons who live their comfortable lives oblivious of the sheer delight of Taking it to Limit Which is what Ballard does He takes risks He walks on the edge of what literature is Not only that he succeeds It takes pure Genius to pull this off Let me declare this you can t understand how fantastic life is until you walk toward the edge of that cliff Beyond good and evil Until you [...]

    25. Hadrian says:
      Hey, everybody, look Sex And violence And sex And violence And loving detail to all of this And cars Sex and violence and cars Look, semen and blood Hey, everybody, look at me Machines are bad, guys, they really are How boring I really should stop.

    26. Laura says:
      From After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub culture of scarred, omnisexual car crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife.This is not my cup of tea.

    27. Aaron says:
      What interests me most about Crash is that despite J.G Ballard s capabilities for beautiful and evocative storytelling see Cage of Sand , I ve never read a story that works so hard at being ugly It almost seems like some sort of bizarre writing exercise that was published by mistake Crash is a novel so heavily packed with morbidly clinical descriptions of gratuitous sex and violence that it s nothing short of surreal.Now I ve always considered myself a man with a strong stomach Although Crash co [...]

    28. Alex says:
      Martin Amis calls JG Ballard a cult writer, the genuine article extreme, exclusive, almost a one man genre, and Crash is like nothing else Its characters its lead just has Ballard s name, like he can t be bothered to fake anything are unapologetically amoral, sociopathic, almost automatic they re into what they re into and they just go after it Robert Vaughan, nightmare angel of the expressways, wants to murder Elizabeth Taylor No one mentions that murder is bad It s an interesting project They [...]

    29. Jay Green says:
      This and The Atrocity Exhibition are two of my favourite books, precisely because of their weirdness, because they showed the teenage me that something surprising and original could be done with the novel form beyond the staid and traditional forms foisted upon us as A level English students My less fortunate peers in the soft South had to make do with Hermann Hesse Both Crash and The Atrocity Exhibition belong very much to their time, of course, but they do encapsulate a sort of postmodern masc [...]

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