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Rushing to Paradise (1994)

Author: • Sep 7th, 2006 •

Category: bibliography, enviro-disaster

Ballardian: Rushing to Paradise

OPENING LINE:
” ‘Save the albatross! Stop nuclear testing now!’ “.

From the 1994 Picador edition:

Led by a charismatic and slightly unhinged woman, a group of environmentalists wins control over a small atoll in the Pacific and sets up a utopian community. Breeding other threatened species and among themselves, these homesteaders slowly transform an Eden of their own into a much darker place. A savage send up of environmentalism, feminism, and extremism of all sorts, Rushing to Paradise is also a brave new exploration of that strange territory J.G. Ballard has illuminated over the course of his career: the twentieth century.”

A much-maligned work, Rushing to Paradise nevertheless has its adherents. Marcus Moure wrote an impassioned review for Spike Magazine, calling it a “cross between Greenpeace-gone-black and Golding’s Lord of the Flies … Ballard’s most powerful novel in years, a terrifying, all-too-real “what if.” Which is exactly what Ballard does best, what-iffing Armageddon-like possibilities in this paradise we call Earth.”

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  1. I think this is his best novel. I like the pace and it’s full of all of his themes and obsessions. Dr. Barbara’s transformation as the book progresses is perhaps Ballard’s best female character. I also see alot of young Jim from EOS in Neil.

  2. Moved by this book. Getting my head around it.
    Are there any analyses which delve deeper into the book? Because I couldn’t find any…

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