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Concrete Island: A Novel

ISBN13: 9780312420345
ISBN: 031242034X
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $14.0
Publisher: Picador
Published Date:
Edition 1st
Pages: 180
Average Goodreads rating: 3.60/5 (6421 ratings)

On a day in April, just after three o'clock in the afternoon, Robert Maitland's car crashes over the concrete parapet of a high-speed highway onto the island below, where he is injured and, finally, trapped. What begins as an almost ludicrous predicament in Concrete Island soon turns into horror as Maitland - a wickedly modern Robinson Crusoe - realizes that, despite evidence of other inhabitants, this doomed terrain has become a mirror of his own mind. Seeking the dark outer rim of the everyday, Ballard weaves private catastrophe into an intensely specular allegory.