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The Wind From Nowhere

The Wind From Nowhere
Title: The Wind From Nowhere
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Genre: fantasy
Annotation:The Wind From Nowhere (1961) is JG Ballard s first novel, not that you d know it from official JGB bibliographies, where it s never mentioned, or in interviews, where Ballard continues to assert that The Drowned World was his first book.

The wind from nowhere has gone back to nowhere.

In a 1975 interview with David Pringle, Ballard says: I don t see my fiction as being disaster-oriented, certainly not most of my SF apart from The Wind from Nowhere which is just a piece of hackwork. The others, which are reasonably serious, are not disaster stories. 

The book does contain some empty symbolism , and the characters sometimes articulate overlong expositions, all a bit jarring from an author who was to bloom into the master of sparse, laser-sharp, all-killer-no-filler writing.

Still, it *is* Ballard; all the classic archetypes are in place, if a little sketchily (except for the Vaughan  figure) the bitch-as-catalyst, especially and it does have what must be the first truly classic JGB quote, one that ranks with the pearls collected in Vale s RE/Search book, a quote that both presages future events and qualifies current ones.

A JGB soundbite  as Mr Pringle calls them & On p112 of my Penguin edition, Ballard writes: Remember, it s not enough to make history you ve got to arrange for someone to record it for you. 
Table of Contents:

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  1. J.G. Ballard The Wind From Nowhere
  2. 1 The Coming of the Dust
  3. 2 From the Submarine Pens
  4. 3 Vortex over London
  5. 4 The Corridors of Pain
  6. 5 The Scavengers
  7. 6 Death in a Bunker
  8. 7 The Gateways of the Whirlwind
  9. 8 The Tower of Hardoon


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