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Researcher Donald Maitland is separating from his wife Susan and preparing to leave London for a job in Vancouver when he finds himself grounded like everyone else because windspeed has been climbing around the world. The wind picks up roughly 5 mph a day, reaching 55 mph, then 90 mph, then 180 mph and far beyond, and turning the skies black with loosened topsoil and debris. Cities collapse, millions seek refuge in subways, sewers, military bunkers, caves. Maitland joins the British government's team to maintain order, while American sub commander Lanyon makes his way across the Italian and French riviera on a mission to retrieve a general's body, then save his sub (accompanied by NBC news reporter Patricia Olsen). The cast ends up prisoners in the bunker complex and pyramid of megalomaniacal British millionaire Hardoon, who is determined to face down the elements and pick up the pieces of society if the wind ever subsides. This 1962 book is in many ways the most conventional of Ballard's quartet of planetary disaster novels, with predictable characterizations and familiar action thriller scenes (and its dating shows in Tokyo's early demise as a "cardboard jungle"), but as always, his visualization of an entire world gone haywire is richly realized.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 30%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 40% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   post environmental/nuclear disaster, fighting MadMax gangs    -   surviving natural elements on planet Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   40's-50's


Terrain    -   Water    -   Mountains    -   Domed/Underground City Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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