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Rushing to Paradise (1994)Author: Simon Sellars • Sep 7th, 2006 •
” ‘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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