• Running Wild

  • By: J. G. Ballard
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Yet again J. G. Ballard’s inimitable clairvoyance is on display in this timely, powerful story of a community shattered by a massive act of violence.  

A massacre rocks a suburban utopia - 32 adults murdered, and their children missing - in Running Wild, one of Ballard’s most dazzlingly subversive works of fiction.   

©1989 J. G. Ballard (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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“To Ballard, lack of choice... is a dangerous state of being. In Running Wild, it’s not the children who are doing the running; it is the society that raised them.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

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Careful With That Axe, Eugene

“In a totally sane society, madness is the only freedom.”
- J.G. Ballard, Running Wild

OK Boomer! A Ballard novella that is one part Sherlock Holmes, one part Lord of the Flies, with a dash of Esmie Tseng thrown into the soup. It was simple and a bit predictable and not nearly as transgressive or innovative as his best fiction, but it is always fun jumping into a J.G. Ballard novel and seeing where his themes will transport you. I liked it, but probably 3rd-shelf Ballard. It is short, but probably not the best example to read as an introduction to one of the great writers of the 20th century.

The best part of this novel is the subtle way he gives you one theme (which I won't tell you because it will spoil the plot), but buries what I believe are his bigger themes underneath the veil of the obvious. The sub-themes of control, perfection, comfort, conformity, and early social networks are fascinating if VERY abridged.

Like Philip K Dick, it is always interesting in Ballard to find aspects of his fiction that seem to be relevant 30-years in the future. Hello Alexa? Play "Pink Floyd's, “Careful With That Axe, Eugene”.

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