J. G. Ballard

The Drowned Giant | J. G. Ballard | Literary Roadhouse Ep 122

Discussion Notes: The Drowned Giant

Find this week’s story here: The Drowned Giant by J. G. Ballard

Next week’s story: The Proxy Marriage by Maile Meloy

Rated: Clean

At the behest of longtime listener Todd Williams, the Literary Roadhouse hosts discuss “The Drowned Giant” by J. G. Ballard.  While technically a science fiction story centered around a mysterious giant that washes up on shore, the work felt grounded in a social reality the hosts recognized. Through discussion, they discover new layers of meaning and nuance, and an intellectual chewiness that inspires admiration. They compare the story to “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” by Gabriel García Márquez which was discussed on episode ten. By the end of the episode, all 3 hosts rate the story 5.5 out of 6 across the board. (Our interests are converging. The hivemind will arrive soon.)

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