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High-Rise by [J. G. Ballard, Ned Beauman]
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''an intense and vivid bestiary, which lingers unsettlingly in the mind.''
martin amis

Within the concealing walls of an elegant forty-storey tower block, the affluent tenants are hell-bent on an orgy of destruction. Cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on ‘enemy’ floors and the once-luxurious amenities become an arena for technological mayhem…

In this visionary tale from the author of Crash, Empire of the Sun and Super-Cannes, human society slips into violent reverse as the inhabitants of the high-rise, driven by primal urges, recreate a world ruled by the laws of the jungle.

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‘Ballard’s finest novel … a triumph’ The Times

‘ingenious … ‘High-Rise’ is an intense and vivid bestiary, which lingers unsettlingly in the mind’ Martin Amis

‘Chilling … Ballard is a prophetic writer’ Sunday Times

‘The writing is cool, the observation exact, the idea bold and well-developed; everything seems to demand attention and analysis’ Financial Times

‘The terrifying thing about Ballard is his logic; is this science fiction or history written ahead of its time?’ Len Deighton


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M.W. Thrasher
3.0 out of 5 stars The premise is great, the landscape is overwhelming, but the delivery chokes
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 March 2016
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4.0 out of 5 stars Futurology
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea but just not the correct execution
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Ballard novel
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4.0 out of 5 stars the killing fields as designed by Le Corbusier
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4.0 out of 5 stars the novel predicts catastrophic and terrible consequences. The class structure
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4.0 out of 5 stars A blistering deconstruction of supposedly civilised society
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4.0 out of 5 stars The shadow of a deeper book
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3.0 out of 5 stars In general I did not like it, though I read it to the end
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slow start, picks up in last three chapters
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 November 2016
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vertical Zoo
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great concept but I didn’t like it much
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 July 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Degeneration fascination
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5.0 out of 5 stars Horrifying High-rise
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