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High-Rise by J.G. Ballard

High-Rise (1975)

by J. G. Ballard

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    Lord of the Flies by William Golding (bertilak)
    bertilak: Two books about 'civilized' people becoming tribal and violent. However, Ballard is a disinterested diagnostician and Golding is a moralist.
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could not get engaged with the characters, setting or theme of the book.
  dimwizard | Mar 8, 2017 |
Absurd and pointlessly depressing.
  themulhern | Feb 25, 2017 |
Like many of JG Ballard's books this takes a group of people and watches the usual social norms between them break down. In this case set in a tower block. It's obviously a bit over the top and all escalates very quickly (literally the first sentence is a man on a balcony eating a dog), but has some great insights into human nature. It's pretty dark and violent and unpleasant, but also quite funny. When we discussed this at my book group we met at the Barbican and had a lot of fun discussing the parallels between the developments. ( )
1 vote AlisonSakai | Oct 9, 2016 |
Ooof. Tense. And outright weird. But cool. V. cool. Narration by Mr. Hiddleston didn't hurt it none, either. ( )
  electrascaife | Oct 3, 2016 |
I know it's a book from 1975 but it's still like someone asked Bret Easton Ellis to write his version of the Lord of the Flies. Of course it's not a realist book, anyone can say thousands of things why it couldn't happen like that, but it doesn't matter. This is a great story about the isolation of a micro society and its sinking back to the Stone Age level, a great parabola about how fragile a society and the human psyche can be. A must! ( )
1 vote TheCrow2 | Sep 17, 2016 |
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The first sentence of J. G. Ballard’s High-Rise ranks, in my estimation, among the most striking ever written.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ballard, J. G.Authorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Della Frattina, BeataTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hiddleston, TomNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marsh, JamesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ochagavia, CarlosCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thole, KarelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Later, as he sat on his balcony eating the dog, Dr. Robert Laing reflected on the unusual events that had taken place within this huge apartment building during the previous three months.
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