Millennium People Paperback
Violent rebellion comes to London's middle classes.
As he searches for the truth behind the Heathrow bomb that killed his ex-wife, psychologist David Markham infiltrates a shadowy protest group based in the comfortable Chelsea Marina.
Led by a charismatic doctor, it aims to rouse the docile middle classes and to free them from the burdens of civic responsibility.
Soon Markham is swept up in a campaign that spirals out of control - as the cornerstones of middle England become targets and growing panic grips the capital.
This edition is part of a new commemorative series of Ballard's works, featuring introductions from a number of his admirers (including Martin Amis, Ali Smith, Hari Kunzru and China Mieville) and brand-new cover designs.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 07/06/2004
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780006551614
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Review by uryjm
I've read the previous two novels Ballard wrote before this one, Cocaine Nights and Super-Cannes, and this continued to explore the themes of middle class rebellion against a society they have unwittingly created. The story is about a violent uprising championed by a small group of disillusioned professionals including a doctor and parish minister. You can almost imagine it happening. The things the middle class aspire to - good housing, schooling, law enforcement, job security - have become beyond their reach or have been turned against them. Who in society will support or even listen to their grievances? The poor have their support structures, the rich buy theirs and the government needs the man in the middle to placidly support both. For what, asks Ballard? His characters set out to smash the system and increasingly find themselves enjoying the anarchy for its own sake. The book is full of challenging ideas, and manages to avoid the easy targets that your typical Daily Mail reader might settle upon to rebel against. If you haven't read anything by this author, he's more than worth a look.
Review by scroeser
A nifty idea, but it didn't really work for me.