The Drowned World (Paperback)
This story is one part psychoanalysis, one part survival/apocalyptic adventure, mixed in with fantastical elements reminiscent of Doyle’s “The Lost World” and the humidity of a New York summer. A beautiful example of Ballard's contribution to the genres of fantasy and speculative fiction.
-- Cody— From Cody M. Staff Picks
In the novel that catapulted him to international acclaim upon its publication in 1962, J.G. Ballard's mesmerizing and ferociously prescient The Drowned World imagines a terrifying future in which solar radiation and global warming has melted the ice caps, and Triassic-era jungles have overrun a submerged and tropical London. Set during the year 2145, the novel follows biologist Dr. Robert Kerans and his team of scientists as they confront a surreal cityscape populated by giant iguanas, albino alligators, and endless swarms of malarial insects. Nature has swallowed all but a few remnants of human civilization, and slowly, Kearns and his companions are transformed--both physically and psychologically--by this prehistoric environment. The Drowned World is both a thrilling adventure and haunting examination of the effects of environmental collapse on the human mind.