The Unlimited Dream Company (2020)

The Unlimited Dream Company J.G. Ballard The Unlimited Dream Company The familiar landscape of the area around Shepperton is transformed when an aircraft crashes into the Thames Within hours of the pilot s arrival the area is covered in tropical vegetation and people a
  • Title: The Unlimited Dream Company
  • Author: J.G. Ballard
  • ISBN: 9780586089958
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Paperback
The Unlimited Dream Company J.G. Ballard The familiar landscape of the area around Shepperton is transformed when an aircraft crashes into the Thames Within hours of the pilot s arrival the area is covered in tropical vegetation and people are strangely eroticised.
The Unlimited Dream Company J.G. Ballard

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  1. Cody

    How much semen is too much for one book to contain The answer is none There is none too much semen.For proof of this, proceed directly to The Unlimited Dream Company I couldn t name a book semen spangled if you held a loaded dick to my head Even the word semen has to hold some kind of per page record here If you can make your way past all the goo, this is actually quite a lovingly endearing story perhaps in spite of the fact that the predominance of it concerns a guy ejaculating flowers and sho [...]

  2. Jenny (Reading Envy)

    I find it difficult to know how to talk about this book I loved the vibrant writing and surreal story, but could not recommend this to 95% of the readers I know Why Well, you see Blake is a bit of a loser He steals a plane and crashes it into the Thames at Shepperton, and that s when everything goes a bit strange He develops strong desires for everyone and everything in the town see 95% comment earlier Just like in dreams, relationships have no consequences, people can fly and commune with the s [...]

  3. David Peak

    Top tier Ballard, in the same realm as The Atrocity Exhibition, Crash, and High Rise, despite each of those books being so different from one another Blake s frenetic and hallucinatory rebirth after death wavers from euphoria to outright horror, sometimes in the same moment, and while dreamlike, the events are consistently relayed through Ballard s sharp and smart prose The overall effect is frequently mystifying and joyous, occasionally boring, but always fiercely original.

  4. Hilary G

    The fact that I have finished this book makes me feel like drinking champagne, dancing in the rain, throwing a party, bouncing on a trampoline Why Because I LOATHED this book and continuing to read it was worse than the time I got three detentions at school on my birthday, worse than waiting for the results of a medical test that might prove you have a horrible disease, worse than being trapped in a train compartment with an interminable bore I just needed it to be OVER So why did I continue to [...]

  5. Simon

    I picked this up on the basis of an unusual and interesting premise but until near the end I didn t know what to make of it Full of Ballard s verbose and symbolic imagery, this story explores some very adult themes and is not for the easily offended As the protagonist increasingly believes that the sins of this world are metaphors for virtues in the next , he proceeds to break down taboos in the town of Shepperton as the reader is left to ponder the meaning of this idea.As we follow Blake s tran [...]

  6. Darran Mclaughlin

    Pure surrealism Ballard s vision of paradise Very Blakean A friend of mine made the point that once you ve read one Ballard novel you ve read them all, and that s true to some extent They are all variations on a theme, like Woody Allen s films I like Ballard, and he is very unique, but he is very samey.

  7. Bert

    In the genre of People Turning Into Animals And Covering Consumer Appliances With Semen this is second to none Ballard takes the semen and the becoming animal and the appliances thing and really runs with it.

  8. Martin Zorde

    if you wanted to know what the inside of a crazy rapist cult leader s mind looked like it would be this this literary pieces of garbage is what happen when you give lsd to a crazy person and they think that what they see and feel is true and serves only them if i had to describe the tone of this book it would be pee mixed with the pulp of old news paper to sum it up if you like rape, pedophilia, and pseudo cannibalism presented as the world s salvation then read this book The main thing i think [...]

  9. Jason Coleman

    This book gets off to a good start, with one of those great, swift openings of Ballard s that throws you right in the deep end early chapter title I Steal the Aircraft But his vision dims after awhile and the book gets taken over by an overactive cloaca.

  10. Christian

    Ballard s luxurious prose has an ethereal quality that is potent and mesmerising All admirers of truly beautiful literature should take the pilgrimage to Shepperton where Blake can source an Eden from his spurting gism which is honestly a lot beautiful than it sounds

  11. Sara

    It s Ballard who gives the best outline of this particular book The Unlimited Dream Company is set in Shepperton where I live, and it s about a young pilot who steals a light aircraft and crashes into the Thames river , and who, in a sense, dies He has drowned in his aircraft, but frees himself by an enormous effort of the imagination, and through the effort of his imagination transforms Shepperton into a kind of Edenic paradise, full of exotic plants and animals I know I ve given the book a thr [...]

  12. Blair

    One of my best friends bought me a used copy of this for my 26th birthday I devoured it It was the first work by Ballard I had ever read and it was one of those times when you first taste a well established writer s work and wonder, why the fuck haven t I been reading so and so s work for years The balance of unabashed sexuality, psychedelic experience, violence, and somehow, still classic tropes was so cleanly new to me it was intoxicating Of course, there s the bias that Unlimited Dream Compan [...]

  13. Jake

    Blake steals a Cessna and crashes into a river by a suburb of London When he come out of the water everything has changed into a world where vices in this world are metaphors or virtues in the next Now for a spoiler alert to keep the easily offended safe and for actual spoilers view spoiler He doesn t eat any and is sexually attracted to all the living things in the town including men, women and children, the elderly, and animals and tries to rape a few He starts spreading his semen around and i [...]

  14. Paul

    The most glorious of Ballard s books and the fourth time I ve read It is emotionally moving and profound in a way atypical of Ballard s style where there usually is a certain sang froid in his approach.This is a Pagan Passion, exulting in the power of creativity, to usher in new paradigms The refrain that the vices of the present are seen as metaphors for the virtues of the future repeat and resonate through the book s pages Old ways of thinking about religion need to be discarded A pantheistic, [...]

  15. Charles Dee Mitchell

    This book has the quality of a psychedelic vision unfolding before the readers gaze than did the earlier Ballard novels I have recently read Here there is no Conradian voyage upriver, as in The Crystal World or The Drought Of course the river is dry in the latter The theme is still one of transformation, of discovering one s true self in a changed world, although here the main character is mad or possibly dead I also suspect that for British readers there is something intrinsically funny about [...]

  16. Marek Krushkhov

    Instead of an endless praise from incorrigible JG s fan, here s conclusion as brief as possible Reading this book was like wondering through The Garden of Earthly Delights, particularly if you start from here Good luck

  17. Jennifer

    My first Ballard novel and, as a surreal fantasy, not a genre to which I would be naturally drawn A challenging book, unlike anything else I ve ever read I m not sure that I understood it all but the power of the writing is undeniable Astonishing and simply beautiful.

  18. Daniel Horner

    When I was in college, I started hashing A hash is a sort of mashup of a fun run, scavenger hunt, and night at the bar all rolled into one The groups that put these on are called kennels, and they exist all over the world And every one of them is unique in how much they run, drink, and engage in generalized debauchery I started hashing in Oxford, Mississippi, with a group mostly composed of military guys and a few counter culture weirdos Those hashes were heavy on the running and the drinking my [...]

  19. Ashley Lambert-Maberly

    Such a disappointment I was expecting a classic, and instead received a sloggy surrealist bore but if you re going to go that route, you d better shore up your book with interesting characters, or an exciting plot But this novel, semen filled, repetitive, tiresome after halfway through, I was done.Things that annoyed me Everyone kept saying Blake, like he was a character on a soap opera, when talking to him Nobody does that in real life.The constant harping on sex, sex with children, sex with de [...]

  20. Tony Davis

    I love and loathe this book in equal parts In all honesty it will probably require another read This is the first Ballard novel I have read with my only previous exposure being the film Empire of the Sun How very different this book is Whilst wrote in a beautiful style, in the most visual and descriptive fashion I do feel that this isn t a pick up and put down novel short chapters lend itself to this but even now I couldn t really tell you why or what specifically happened I do feel like a secon [...]

  21. Chest

    Woulda been spectacular at 100 pages shorterLike I said What s with requiring a minimum of words How is that in any way keeping with the creative spirit or the point of writing Fuck you,.

  22. Benjamin Marr

    Perfectly surreal images This is one trippy book I absolutely loved it Though some parts were a tad disturbing, I really enjoyed this one Even though the book is really out there, it s easy to follow.

  23. Emiliano Ferraro

    Un libro diverso dagli altri a tratti difficile da seguire nel suo intreccio ma molto originale

  24. Alliss

    Una storia folle, non il mio Ballard preferito ma c molto Ballard in questo delirio Perch poi in definitiva di un delirio si tratta.

  25. Roddy Williams

    From the moment Blake crashes his stolen aircraft into the Thames, the unlimited dream company takes over and the town of Shepperton is transformed into an apocalyptic kingdom of desire and stunning imagination ruled over by Blake s messianic figure Tropical flora and fauna appear pan sexual celebrations occur regularly and in a final climax of liberation, the townspeople learn to fly Blurb from the 1990 Paladin paperback edition.Ballard plunges us headlong into a Messianic fantasy which begins [...]

  26. Robert

    Blake, a crazy bloke, obsessed with flying, steals a Cessna light aircraft from a maintenance hangar in London Airport Because the plane is faulty and Blake doesn t know how to fly properly, would be avaitor and aircraft crash into the Thames at Shepperton shortly afterwards.After ten minutes, Blake is dragged from the river shore onto the grounds of a mansion Once his confusion clears, he tries to escape Shepperton and the police he can hear pursuing him but finds he cannot something prevents h [...]

  27. Ugh

    I like a dash of the surreal every now and then In works of fiction it can widen the potential enormously, opening up the piece to whatever otherwise impossible turns of plot and outlandish settings and forms the artist can dream up Sometimes surreal juxtapositions can reveal unexpected connections that might not otherwise have become apparent, and that can be a powerful and amazing trick that can elevate the work to a level beyond mere entertainment, really affecting the way that you think abou [...]

  28. Chris Meigh

    A book that is so Ballardian, it enters a new realm of sexual, violent and all around weird.When Blake crashes a plane, that he stole, into the river Thames next to the small village of Shepperton, he can t believe that he survived Having been underwater for 11 minutes, he tries to figure out who saved him and who caused the huge bruises on his chest As he spends longer in the small town he soon realises that he has special powers that make him able to give birth to ample amounts of vegetation a [...]

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