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July Books 12) Crash, by J.G. Ballard

Gosh. Difficult to know where to start or finish with this very disturbing book about a group of people who are brought together by their sexual interest in car crashes. It's very grittily and credibly set in West London; the car crash scenes are somewhat more erotic than the sex scenes, which are full of somewhat disgusting detail; and the whole is awfully well done, but I'm not sure I would want to read it again, or that I would necessarily recommend it to anyone else.

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londonkds
Jul. 27th, 2014 07:27 pm (UTC)
I haven't read the novel but did see the Cronenberg film, which is similar in its effect. It didn't deserve to be on the receiving end of one of the most unhinged censorious press campaigns against a single work in living memory, though.
gareth_rees
Jul. 28th, 2014 09:18 am (UTC)
It's a brilliant book that dramatises the contradiction between our erotic attachment to automobiles, inculcated by decades of sexy car advertising, and the hecatombs of death, destruction, and environmental waste that result from their use.
sashajwolf
Jul. 28th, 2014 01:51 pm (UTC)
... "Gosh" seems to pretty well sum it up, then, really.
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