Rushing to Paradise by J. G. Ballard

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A slightly mad environmentalist named Dr. Barbara takes over a Pacific atoll and creates a utopian community, which quickly becomes a less than ideal place. By the author of Empire of the Sun.
 

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J. G. Ballard was born to British parents in Shanghai, China on November 15, 1930. While a child during World War II, he spent four years in a Japanese POW camp. This experience was the basis for the emotionally moving novel Empire of the Sun, which he adapted into a successful movie, directed by Steven Spielberg. Before becoming a full-time writer, he studied medicine at Cambridge University and served as a pilot in the British Royal Air Force. Ballard is best known for his science fiction writings. His early works were heavily influenced by surrealism. Most of his novels deal with death and destruction of the human spirit. Novels such as Crash, Concrete Island, and High Rise portray a society that is devolving into barbaric chaos. Crash was made into a movie by David Cronenberg in 1996. The Drowned World describes an apocalyptic society, with a hero that ushers in the destruction of the world. In his more recent works, such as Empire of the Sun and its sequel, The Kindness of Women, Ballard moved away from science fiction, but he is still considered one of the leading authors of the genre. He died on April 19, 2009 at the age of 78.
 
Published May 1, 1995 by Picador USA. 238 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Into their maw come visiting hippies, sailors, anthropologists, do-gooders, fodder for Dr. Barbara's final experiment: an all-female society with Neil its lone overworked stud, his death, it would seem, a foregone conclusion once a younger, stronger male appears.

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Amid Ballard's hallucinatory evocation of the island's native flora, imported endangered fauna and abandoned military and scientific installations, Dr. Barbara proves ready to sacrifice anything or anyone for her unstable cause, whether to the international media, the island jungle or her artific...

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In fact, in many ways, Rushing to Paradise often recalls examples of Ballard's better stories and novels without achieving any of the same resonance - the nuclear iconography of 'Terminal Island,' for example, or the return of civilization's repressed in the remarkable High Rise.

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