Monday, January 02, 2006

Super-Cannes

I've recently become a huge fan of Ballard. The two books that I've read so far both start very slow and are phyiscly painful until about page seventy. Also something of a strong warning - his books are not for the faint of heart, and this is not an exception. Super-Cannes is much less extreme than Crash, but it is still very sinister in its own way. In a way it helps to have a bit of a sinister streak in the reader to get it. The thing that I liked most about it I think is the way it plays into an article I read by Karl Junger that was posted on the cdc main blog. Get your reading on. Its a topic I had been thinking a lot about before I had even started the novel or stumble on the cdc article. Altogether to book is very good. It is written very well and is easy to follow. The only potential problem is that it uses diction in a few places that is a little inaccessible. If one has a basic knowledge of French and culture nothing really even needs to be looked up, but that's asking a bit much of some people. There is an interesting motif of self discovery, walking on the other side of the line. It does this in an interesting way by casting dark emotions and practices as being morally ambiguous. The moral ambiguity is discussed in the text but is more so made apparent by actions of the characters themselves. I would recommend it to anyone who isn't squeamish and can take a little self analysis.