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Cocaine Nights

Cocaine Nights

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While a young Frenchwoman topped up my tank I strolled past the supermarket that shared the forecourt,where elderly women in fluffy towelling suits drifted like clouds along the lines of ice-cold merchandise. Although it’s longer than almost any of Ballard’s other novels, Cocaine Nights feels like a nice easy read, an airport or poolside thriller with an increasingly psychotic edge. Cocaine Nights is provocative and enjoyable, and a novel where the ideas are more important than the crime, sex, and drugs fuelled plot. Cocaine Nights by JG Ballard has been on my bookshelf for years and I finally picked it up the other day.

Money-rich, time-poor is an expression which arose in Britain at the end of the 20th century to describe groups of people who, whilst having a high disposable income through well-paid employment, have relatively little leisure time as a result. At once an engrossing mystery and a novel of ideas, ‘Cocaine Nights’ is a stunningly original work, a vision of a society coming to terms with a life of almost unlimited leisure.Our donations to The Rainbow Centre have helped provide an education and a safe haven to hundreds of children who live in appalling conditions. And even more obviously, this kind of thing is highly Eurocentric – it describes a world of overwhelmingly white chaps and chapesses from the professional classes who are all very comfortably off, thank you very much – Estrella de Mar is full of retired bank managers and accountants and doctors and property developers. The thesis is that society is sinking into a profound slump of boredom and accidie, addicted to TV while its mind vegetates.

At once an engrossing mystery and a novel of ideas, 'Cocaine Nights' is a stunningly original work, a vision of a society coming to terms with a life of almost unlimited leisure. A similar sense of bafflement surrounds descriptions of the fateful fire which killed the Hollingers. For example: early on, Charles gets strangled until unconsciousness by an unknown intruder; he witnesses a rape attempt on a drugged girl in the parking lot, etc. Secure on their handsome peninsula, the people of the resort were an example of the liberation that follows when continuous sunlight is shone on the British. I have books where you can’t see the title or the author’s name until you open the cover) and the premise of the story were enough to attract me to this novel.Is the repetition of the same basic plot, told in prose which heavily features the same stylised attitudes and words (unsettle, calm, deranged) a bad thing or a good thing? But the moment you start seriously thinking about it, you realise it is a ludicrously out-of-touch fantasy. His themes continue to be relevant today, whether they were written early in his career in the 1960s or in his twilight years. Every morning he takes his personalities out of the wardrobe and decides which one he’ll wear for the day.

And this quest to understand takes him down the road we’ve described, until he realises he has become his brother – performing exactly the role in the Residencia Costasol that Frank played in Estrella, a lynchpin in the resort’s social life, turning a blind eye to activities which skirt illegality and, increasingly, veer into outright immorality, but not taking an active part so much as trying to restrain or channel Bobby Crawford’s boyish, unstoppable, amoral appetite for stirring things up.When Frank's brother Charles arrives, intent on unravelling the mystery, gradually he uncovers the secret world behind the resort's civilized image.

Although it may seem strange to some, I am fascinated by the stories about notorious discos in the 70s such as Studio 54 and what went on there. He finds it hard to believe that his brother, Frank, is capable of such an act, but he is even more baffled by the fact that his brother has. The retirement pueblos lay by the motorway, embalmed in a dream of the sun from which they would never awake. The whole resort have been taken in, if Charles takes too long to join in it feels like he's being convinced through rational arguments.

And 3, because it supposedly has to do with a wild disco overflowing with drugs and illicit activity.



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