This is my first Ballard novel, but it certainly won't be the last! For the first months of communal living, things worked pretty well, given the affluency and high education of most of the members. The whys and hows of the setting felt contrived to me, but for the purpose of the psychological exercise of the author, lets accept them as stated here.
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It's one of the reasons I stopped watching the news. How many uncivilized pees would it take the note's author to lose it completely?
High-Rise (novel) - Wikipedia
I think my next Ballard novel will be The Concrete Island. Viewers know that the building is going to hell, but the sequential stages of ruin that Ballard clearly outlines in the novel are collapsed into a narrative muddle.
His characters are often forced to assess the physical surroundings and, by extension, themselves rather than to take them for granted. We've found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them. But whatever it is, it will not be false. Like Ballard, his worlds are ones completely devoid of any semblance of human decency: So the assumption must have been that this is the inevitable consequence of high-rise living.
Instead, we simply have a luxury high-rise filled with urbane professionals who seek refuge away from the hoi-polloi, the unwashed masses, the gauche proletariat who cannot appreciate sophisticated meals and fine wines.
Book Review: High-Rise, J. G. Ballard (1975)
The frustration that shouts from the page. Take away that, the rest of the trappings, and the affluence of the residents since we can't all be as wealthy as the folks in the high rise and you ballars have urban housing projects, which if I'm not mistaken suffer chronically from all the problems listed far above--all the problems present in High Rise.
This isn't immediately apparent, but becomes clear through their differing motivations and desires as society in the High-Rise begins to break down. View all 23 comments. Gallard wife finally decides she's had enough and makes the decision to take her sons and leave the apartment. Apparently, this is a kind of common theme with him.
I really enjoyed High-Rise… Wow, he seems like a nice guy… by the way, the two pieces of art you have on your blog are fascinating! When the breakdown begins, fractures open and tribes form along class lines. You can glance around the animal kingdom and see that that's still true. After accidentaly meeting with, then playfully shooting Royal on the last steps to the roof, Wilder steps over the prostrate body and into the sunlight at the top of the building.
Funky stuff, but just a taste of the more sinister ending Ballard only hints at: Aside from the irony of including academics, this group sets the pace for the building A metaphor for the novel?
If there are ten elevators and nine are broken, none of the residents consider it a problem since there's still one that will fulfill its function. Too many plot holes.
High-Rise by J.G. Ballard
A resident of the lowly 2nd floor, Wilder is afflicted by a phobia in which he feels the weight of risse building crushing down on him. I'd be very hard pressed to let that go. There is no magic or magical realism in this book. Fill in your details below or click an icon to balard in: As for the story, the final parts are devoted to showing us exactly how far these sophisticates can degenerate into barbarity, entirely of their own volition.
People, much like myself, enjoy being civil.
A new social type was being created by the apartment building, a cool, unemotional personality impervious to the ruse pressures of high-rise life, with minimal needs for privacy, who thrived like an advanced species of machine in the neutral atmosphere. The apartments sell out quickly and as everyone start to settle into their new lives glitches start to occur. You believe that people are decent? And it isn't a post-apocalyptic world where I can accept that these kind of things happen without question.
He stinks and he relishes the odor emitted by his unwashed body. High-Rise is one of those few short novels that could be the topic of a very concise thesis, that ultimately clocks a longer page count than its source material.