High-Rise

High Rise When a class war erupts inside a luxurious apartment block modern elevators become violent battlegrounds and cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on enemy floors In this visionary tale

  • Title: High-Rise
  • Author: J.G. Ballard
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  • Page: 475
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  • When a class war erupts inside a luxurious apartment block, modern elevators become violent battlegrounds and cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on enemy floors In this visionary tale, human society slips into violent reverse as once peaceful residents, driven by primal urges, re create a world ruled by the laws of the jungle.

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    • J.G. Ballard

      James Graham J G Ballard 15 November 1930 19 April 2009 was an English novelist, short story writer, and essayist Ballard came to be associated with the New Wave of science fiction early in his career with apocalyptic or post apocalyptic novels such as The Drowned World 1962 , The Burning World 1964 , and The Crystal World 1966 In the late 1960s and early 1970s Ballard focused on an eclectic variety of short stories or condensed novels such as The Atrocity Exhibition 1970 , which drew closer comparison with the work of postmodernist writers such as William S Burroughs In 1973 the highly controversial novel Crash was published, a story about symphorophilia and car crash fetishism the protagonist becomes sexually aroused by staging and participating in real car crashes The story was later adapted into a film of the same name by David Cronenberg.While many of Ballard s stories are thematically and narratively unusual, he is perhaps best known for his relatively conventional war novel, Empire of the Sun 1984 , a semi autobiographical account of a young boy s experiences in Shanghai during the Second Sino Japanese War as it came to be occupied by the Japanese Imperial Army Described as The best British novel about the Second World War by The Guardian, the story was adapted into a 1987 film by Steven Spielberg.The literary distinctiveness of Ballard s work has given rise to the adjective Ballardian , defined by the Collins English Dictionary as resembling or suggestive of the conditions described in J G Ballard s novels and stories, especially dystopian modernity, bleak man made landscapes and the psychological effects of technological, social or environmental developments The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography entry describes Ballard s work as being occupied with eros, thanatos, mass media and emergent technologies.



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    • "A low crime-rate doctor," she told him amiably, "is a sure sign of social deprivation."Anthony Royal built the Titanic of skyscrapers. A state of the art, megalithic structure suitable for 2,000 tenants. It is a self-contained environment with everything a tenant would need such as shopping or exercise or even schools for their kids. The people the building attracts are white collar, well educated, professionals. The apartments sell out quickly and as everyone start to settle into their new liv [...]


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    • As I was walking along the aisles of the bookstore, I suddenly heard a little raspy voice, coming from one of the shelves."Psst, four-eyes! Over here!""Huh?"It was J.G. Ballard's novel, "High-Rise", talking to me."Don't you look like a jolly chap! All happy and stuff. Not a worry in the world. And so decent! Why are you so goddamn decent all the time?""Huh? Are you supposed to be talking?""I do whatever I damn well please! Tell me, you look like the kind of goody two shoes who actually LIKES peo [...]


    • Posted at Heradas ReviewA disturbing/enthralling allegory - class struggle, self deception, and the animalistic brutality concealed just below the surface of human civilization. I knew of Ballard from the new-wave SF of the late 60s / early 70s, particularly Harlan Ellison's Dangerous Visions compilations, wherein he's described - by Ellison in his story introduction - as one of the few mainstream lit crossovers coming from the world of speculative fiction. He is an eloquently gifted writer, str [...]


    • 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. This is one instance where I'm painfully aware of the inadequacy of a star-rating system for books. To give Ballard's High-Rise three stars does very little to capture its strengths, but more importantly, its ultimate failure as a novel. I'm going to try and do that in my review here, but just in case my ramblin [...]


    • 331. High Rise, J.G. Ballard (James Graham Ballard)(برج - جی.جی. بالارد (چشمهعنوان: برج: نویسنده: جیمز گراهام بالارد؛ مترجم: علی اصغر بهرامی؛ تهران، نشر چشمه، 1380، در 284 ص؛ شابک: 9789643620172؛ چاپ سوم بهار 1388؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 20 مبرج یکی از آثار کلاسیک علمی‌ تخیلی پسا رستاخیزی، و پاد آر [...]


    • "The high-rise was a huge machine designed to serve, not the collective body of tenants, but the individual resident in isolation."- JG Ballard, High-RiseI love Ballard. He both attracts and repels me at the same time. No. That isn't quite it. He freaks the hell out of me. His stories and novels are so damn sharp and prescient. 'High-Rise' was written in 1975 (43 years ago!), right after Crash (1973) and Concrete Island (1974), but he seems to GET the psychology of Twitter and Facebook. He gets [...]


    • Storie di ordinaria folliaChi non ha mai assistito a litigi tra condomini per l'uso delle parti comuni, per il gioco a pallone dei bambini in giardino? O alle lamentele tra vicini per la televisione troppo alta o per le feste dei ragazzi? O a discussioni per parcheggi e posti auto, per l'immondizia o la manutenzione degli ascensori?Cose normali dovute alla forzata convivenza di tante teste e tante famiglie negli stessi palazzi. Basta un po' di buon senso (che di solito non c'è), tanta pazienza [...]


    • [7/10] High-Riseis not an easy novel to fit into a specific genre. It's not exacly science-fiction because the time frame is contemporary England (cca. 1975). Yet the novel does try to use a scientific approach to the study of human behaviour - psychology. So, I guess you can call it 'soft' SF. You can also call it a dystopian novel, a horror novel or a thriller, but for me the best description is as an adult, x-rated version of "Lord of the Flies" Now the new order had emerged, in which all lif [...]


    • Having read all of his short stories some time ago, I’ve finally decided to check out his full length novels. His short stories are famous for being vivid and imaginative, not to mention incredibly prophetic, but let me say that this book is like nothing I've read before (perhaps Saramago emulates in “Blindness” the mass hysteria of a people left to fend for themselves [or who prefer it that way] in a similar way… it has some traces of “Lord of the Flies” [and Margaret Atwood definit [...]


    • Oh J.G. Ballard. I just don't think we are meant to be friends.Other than Crash, High-Rise is the only other thing that I have ever been interested in reading by Ballard. I saw the film adaptation with Tom Hiddleston, which I enjoyed (although felt it was a little style over substance), so when I saw that the audiobook was narrated by Hiddleston himself, I decided to try Ballard again in a slightly different form.Hiddleston is a great narrator, and even employs different accents in his reading w [...]


    • I haven't read much Ballard so I don't feel like I've read this book by him before. Apparently, this is a kind of common theme with him. Affluent people turning savage in the modern world. Any book that promises rich people acting all Lord of the Flies on one another is going to catch my interest. And this one caught my attention and was pretty successful at holding it. The book takes place in a 1960's/70's version of a state of the art high rise apartment complex. It's an almost totally self-co [...]


    • High-Rise: Lord of the Flies in an urban luxury high-riseOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureMOVIE UPDATE: I finally got around to watching the 2015 film version of High Rise, directly by Ben Wheatley and starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Siena Miller, Luke Evans, and Elizabeth Moss. How to assess? Well, it is a valiant attempt to replicate Ballard's bizarre and surrealistic story of social elites battling the lower classes in a fancy new high-rise and willfully descending into barbarism [...]


    • A new social type was being created by the apartment building, a cool, unemotional personality impervious to the psychological pressures of high-rise life, with minimal needs for privacy, who thrived like an advanced species of machine in the neutral atmosphere.High-Rise is both bleak and prescient, there's no doubt in that. What Ballard didn't anticipate was how one could make such distinctions, incorporate such new traits and attitudes, how such evolution could be made portable with an Apple W [...]


    • A forty storey high-rise apartment building stands surrounded only by it's tenants' parking spaces and then, other soon to be completed forty storey high-rise apartment buildings.All is well, initially, as the building fills up with tenants who only need to leave to go to work - the building itself has gyms, swimming pools, supermarkets, hairdressers, restaurants and other shops and services. Soon after the last apartment is occupied, however, things take a strange turn. Services such as elevato [...]


    • Alternative title: "THIS is why we can't have nice things"*******************************************************Okay, having collected my thoughts, here are the points I think worth mentioning. *I loved the book. Just fucking LOVED the book. As in, "I will read everything this author ever wrote" loved the book. My first impression was that this is Lord of the Flies for adults. I enjoyed this a lot more than I did Golding's book.From here on out, the whole thing is pretty much one big spoiler. S [...]


    • Fascinating social commentary set in a new and luxurious high-rise complex in London.Petty conflicts between the different floors escalate alarmingly quickly to extreme levels.We are following three main characters from each of the different classes/floors who represent their peers (grouped by job status). Each character does have his own personality and is not a complete slave to his class stereotype - the individual experiences are just as interesting as the the whole social picture.The violen [...]


    • I realize that this book was written in 1976 - which can possibly explain some of the reasons why I take it to task. With that said***SPOILERS BELOW***We open on the balcony of one Robert Laing, who is noshing on a partially eaten dog and thinking with wonder about the events of the past months which have brought him to his current situation.Not a bad way to begin a book. I'm down. As the story unfolds, we are introduced to the High Rise - an ultra-modern luxury apartment building, 40 stories hi [...]


    • High Rise is a horrific novel, published in 1975, about a building that begins to have a strange hold over its residents. The high rise is a virtual vertical city, with the higher levels representing higher social class status. The building has it’s own school, restaurants, pools, grocery store. The only reason for its’ residents to leave is to go to work. The residents begin to throw louder and wilder parties and begin leaving the building less and less often to go to work. Often if they do [...]



    • 4 and a half stars.If you took "The Lord of the Flies" and "A Clockwork Orange" and threw them together in a blender, you would get a book that would be a lot like "High-Rise": creepy, over the top, disturbingly plausible in some ways, really infuriating in others. Basically, you'd get something weirdly fascinating, which will understandably not be everyone's cup of tea. I suppose I like my tea dystopian and gross, because I loved it!I'm pretty sure that no one ever accused J.G. Ballard of being [...]


    • Good concept: to explore social disintegration as facilitated by - and contained within - a high rise building. The internal collapse of its occupants' morality, and grip on reality, is skilfully mapped within the structure. But I had issues with the book: firstly, I was increasingly uncomfortable with the women in this text (vulnerable wives open to sexual assault, passive victims, evil witch-like figures, Freudian-destructive mothers - not a single woman written on an even level with the men), [...]


    • A dark mirror of the human psyche conjured with prose so crisp that every sentence on the page crackles like a downed power line spewing high voltage. Ballard's mistrust of technology and humanity is so alluring that I couldn't help but find it all very logical that the occupants of a state-of-the-art high-rise would lose their shit in a serious way, form clans and wage war with other floors, and eventually go completely feral. As far as I am concerned, in every human heart stands a forty-story [...]


    • Yes, yes, it's just Lord of the Flies in an apartment building. But the apartment building aspect is an important aspect, more than enough to distinguish these two works from each other. Let me see if I can explain why.I wish I'd read this before moving into the house that I first moved into when I arrived in Boulder, because of how eerily accurate some of the events of the first half of the book are. The house I moved into was a big old ramshackle ranch-style house, with three bedrooms on the g [...]


    • I need to think about this one. Is it well written. YES . Might it be a story ahead of it's time, perhaps. Is this science fiction? Horror? Literature? I think it is all of them. Did I like it? I don't know. Some things bothered me.I just deleted 50 sentences of rambling.Not ready to write this. Six hours later: I know what bother's me. This is not about a general societal collapse. Funny, that I can handle. This is something more insidious. This is a group, a collective, who all deliberately ch [...]


    • Βαθμολογία: 9/10Το βιβλίο αυτό κυκλοφόρησε για πρώτη φορά στην Μεγάλη Βρετανία το 1975 και είναι σίγουρα ένα από τα πιο πολυδιαβασμένα και χαρακτηριστικότερα έργα του ιδιαίτερου και μοναδικού αυτού συγγραφέα. Έπρεπε να περάσουν πάνω από σαράντα χρόνια από την πρώτη κυκλοφορί [...]


    • "In a sense life in the high-rise had begun to resemble the world outside - there were the same ruthlessness and aggression concealed within a set of polite conventions."Why me ??!! :(I see all these positive ratings and it makes me despondent to realise that, I probably read this book all wrong definitely a case of its not you but me. I understand that the basic premise of the book was decay of any given society from within. (I vaguely recall reading in school about theories of decline of high [...]


    • This is an excellent, disturbing and visionary novel which shows Ballard on absolute top form. The residents of a tower block – the ‘High Rise’ of the title’ – find that within the building’s confines, society begins to crumble and their notion of humanity becomes more and more feral. At the beginning this takes the form of petty disputes, but soon the residents of each floor form themselves into packs and battle for control of the lifts and stairwells, and even launch raids onto oth [...]


    • -Read this with a few friends. Interestingly, a fellow writer thought it was unspeakably awful, complaining about the "poor characterization," "unliterary language," and "unrealistic plot." Which reminds me of Tom McCarthy on JG Ballard: "I think the guy was a genius. He was the only contemporary British writer that interested me or had any kind of influence on my work. The thing about Ballard is that he’s a great writer without being a good writer. I mean he’s not Nabokov or Updike. He does [...]


    • These Flamingo Modern Classic reprints of Ballard books are an annoyance: they are stuffed with extraneous extra material of a facile internetty nature. Read this next! If you liked this, read this next! This book is also a film! Wow! Isn't that great! Buy the film now! Read this boring interview!Of all the new modern classic editions I've read, Ballard's book get the biggest advertising shunt. Probably because Ballard was never anti-capitalist as such: he seemed to delight in the digitisation o [...]


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