A novel by J.G. Ballard (* * 1/2) about several people who sneak onto a Pacific Island, to save the Albatross from the French who are going to perform Nuclear tests there, and what they do to the island and themselves.

This novel centers on the relationship between the two main characters, the charismatic Dr. Barbara whose idea this all is and the teenaged Neil who makes it all possible.

The novel exploits the depredations of the most extreme elements of the feminist, environmentalist, and animal rights movements. I was too disturbed by the end of the book to decide whether or not Ballard is making a judgement on those movements as a whole.

Not for the faint of heart. You may regret starting the book by the time you finish it.

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