J.G. Ballard's death autobiography makes an excellent read
, illustrating a craft refined over decades of life, and perhaps arguing that Ballard was for much of his life in the wrong genre. the success of [b:Empire of the Sun|56674|Empire of the Sun|J.G. Ballard|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1338519188s/56674.jpg|55232] demonstrates that his two years in Japanese internment, as well as the Shanghai experience in general, was Ballard's most fruitful source of experience, and although arguments have been made that some of his prose includes, in somewhat veiled form, the idea of empires collapsing and cities falling apart, we will never know what would have happened had Ballard written of Shanghai from the start.
Miracles of Life is a solid piece of work, both on its standalone merits and how it informs Empire of the Sun, Crash, and other top New Wave science fiction. we learn the economic circumstances of the writer's life, oft missed in understanding an artist's full career progression or the story of the 'ouevre,' but here in Miracles one develops a non-fiction, non-ornamented view of the whole progress, and we gain from understanding how Shanghai and how rollin' 60s London were Ballard's great years, and where intervenining experiences play their part.
a must read for any great fan of Empire of the Sun.