“Just as psychoanalysis reconstructs the original traumatic situation in order to release the repressed material, so we are now being plunged back into the archaeopsychic past, uncovering the ancient taboos and drives that have been dormant for epochs… Each one of us is as old as the entire biological kingdom, and our bloodstreams are tributaries of the great sea of its total memory. ”
— The Drowned World, J.G Ballard, Millennium 1999, p 41
this was a great novel — the environmental changes force changes within the people living through them. this was a very claustrophobic read and really plugged into some fears you get if you read enough around the subject. the main character embraces the changes that his evolution represents though, instead of having a horror of it, which might be the usual reaction. you can always expect complex psychological exploration with ballard and this doesn’t disappoint. add it to your book shelf.