Tuesday, March 07, 2006

THE CONCENTRATION CITY

Finished the first story in the J. G. Ballard collection, The Concentration City. Twighlighty Zone combination of those three Bradbury Stories: The Fahrenheit one, the with one day of Sun one and the chinese flying machine one. The individual stories don't have copyrights attributed to them, but the intro comes just short of implying that they're printed in order of publication. I'll assume this is the earliest.

Influence sleeve-wearing aside, it's a nice, bleak story with lots of bureaucratic texture and it all works until the big reveal at the end which makes no sense. Why should it be the same day? What does that add to the story? Delete three paragraphs (not the last two, but the three above), and you get a perfectly fine story.

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