Concrete Island: A Novel by J. G. Ballard

By J. G. Ballard

On an afternoon in April, simply after 3 o'clock within the afternoon, Robert Maitland's vehicle crashes over the concrete parapet of a high-speed road onto the island less than, the place he's injured and, ultimately, trapped. What starts as a virtually ludicrous main issue quickly becomes horror as Maitland—a wickedly glossy Robinson Crusoe—realizes that, regardless of facts of different population, this doomed terrain has turn into a replicate of his personal brain. looking the darkish outer rim of the standard, Ballard weaves deepest disaster into an intensely specular allegory.

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Yet for the time being he was the young woman's prisoner, and a prey to whatever devious whims might flick through her mind. In an odd way she seemed to enjoy their relationship. Her attitude towards him varied from tenderness and good humour to a sudden vengeful anger, almost as if he represented two different people for her. After hanging her clothes she lit the stove and made Maitland a drink of condensed milk and hot water. She held his head in her arm, crooning reassuringly as he drank from the plastic cup, half-working her plump breast against his forehead as if feeding her own baby.

He peered over her shoulder at Maitland, and she stepped back reluctantly. 'Proctor, he's nearly asleep. ' Proctor stepped forward with exaggerated caution. Maitland turned his head, realizing that the man was wearing his dinner-jacket. The silk lapels gleamed as they were bunched outwards by the tight fit. Jane had also noticed the garment. ' she asked sharply. ’ Proctor giggled at this. He looked down at himself, not without dignity. 'To a party. Yes ... ' 'God Almighty ... ' Proctor gazed incredulously at her, his broken face in an expression of pleading and resentment.

Between his attacker's swinging arms he saw a red-haired young woman in a camouflage-patterned combat jacket running towards them with the metal crutch lifted in her strong hands. 11 Rescue 'REST - try not to move. ' The young woman's quiet voice soothed Maitland. Her hands bathed his face with a tampon of cotton wool. He lay back as the hot water stung his bruised skin, aware of the fever burning through his bones. As the young woman lifted his head the water trickled through his beard. He opened his swollen mouth, trying to catch the scalding drops.

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