The Drowned World
Copyright 1962 by
I first read this in 1967 and most recently on the 27th February 2007
Global warming has melted the icecaps and raised the sea level. Entire
countries have been flooded and the changing climate has brought the
tropical rain-forest to the United Kingdom.
Sent from the military base in North Greenland, Colonel Riggs leads his small
unit in the exploration of this area of the global rainforest.
Robert Kerans comprises, along with his assistant Dr Bodkin, the scientific support
for the mission. Kerans interest in performing the scientific function is
fading as rapidly as the military, discipline. When Riggs calls a return to
base, Kerans, Bodkin and Beatrice, an original resident remain.
But Without the army how will Robert, Bodkin and the beautiful Beatrice survive
when they encounter Strangman and his crew?
It seems the primeval environment encourages not simply the return and
resurgence of primordial animal life. It brings deeper,
ancient impulses and urges out of the men living within it.
A classic novel by this master author.
I've given this a high rating with mixed feelings. I don't much like the plot,
the characters, or indeed the suffocating tropical setting, but book moves me
nonetheless. Ballard's superb writing sweeps me up and sets me down in a lush,
humid, equatorial lagoon.
Loaded on the 29th March 2007.