High-Rise: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company, Mar 5, 2012 - Fiction - 208 pages
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"Harsh and ingenious! High Rise is an intense and vivid bestiary, which lingers unsettlingly in the mind." —Martin Amis, New Statesman

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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User Review  - john257hopper - LibraryThing

This is a re-read, prompted by having watched the 1987 Doctor Who TV story Paradise Towers, which was a (not very well realised) pastiche of Ballard's novel. It is as creepy a piece of dystopian ... Read full review

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User Review  - atreic - LibraryThing

Some bit of my brain thinks it’s worthy to read books that you don’t enjoy. I mean, if all you read is page turning YA are you really stretching your brain, or getting other perspectives? And I think ... Read full review

Contents

Critical Mass
13
Party Time
30
Death of a Resident
44
Up
54
The Vertical City
63
Danger in the Streets of the Sky
74
Preparations for Departure
85
The Predatory Birds
98
Punitive Expeditions
128
Towards the Summit
137
Body Markings
148
Final Triumph
159
The Evenings Entertainment
167
A Happy Arrangement
174
The Lakeside Pavilion
186
The Blood Garden
194

Into the Drop Zone
106
The Drained Lake
116
Night Games
202
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J.G. Ballard was born in Shanghai in 1930 and lived in England from 1946 until his death in London in 2009. He is the author of nineteen novels, including Empire of the Sun, The Drought, and Crash, with many of them made into major films.

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