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High-Rise: A Novel
High-Rise: A Novel | J. G. Ballard
"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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sprainedbrain
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Holy hell. What a messed up, terrifying book. Lord of the Flies in a modern self-contained apartment complex about sums it up.

Really well written, and the audiobook has excellent narration by Tom Hiddleston. Now I can finally watch the film!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#1001books

mom2bugnbee The film is just as disturbing. But, there's Tom Hiddleston, Luke Evans, & Jeremy Irons, so at least there's that. 4mo
mom2bugnbee I will say, however, that this book has the best opening line I have ever read. 4mo
NovelGirl82 Ok, that description just hooked me. Sold! 4mo
MaGoose I'll have to try this one - and the movie too probably. 4mo
cathysaid Jeremy Irons?!?! 😝 4mo
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sprainedbrain
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Another audiobook with a drop dead sexy narrator.😂

Trying to stay focused on the story (which is fascinating so far) while Mr. Hiddleston is somehow distracting me by reading in that incredible voice. 😛

Bonus: it‘s a #1001book 🙌🏻

CBee Ohhhhh I LOVE Tom Hiddleston 😍😍😍 4mo
vivastory Hiddleston is in the film version, which is fantastic. I loved it. 4mo
sprainedbrain @vivastory I‘ve had it DVRed since it was on tv forever ago... I will finally be able to watch after I finish. 😂 4mo
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Jen_Reads I feel like I‘d get lost in his voice 4mo
rabbitprincess I definitely only watched the film because of Hiddles 😍 But I may have to get the audio too! 4mo
Liz_M Looks fun! 4mo
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mom2bugnbee
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Still my favorite opening line from a book. Hour 6 Challenge - Marvelous Opening Lines @24in48 #24in48

readordierachel Certainly grabs your attention 😆 12mo
mom2bugnbee @ReadOrDieRachel I love that the first word of the book is "Later". 12mo
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damlalala
High-Rise: A Novel | J. G. Ballard
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Pickpick

Luxury living to die for.

(London, England)

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pattiepoetry
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Ballard's writing is just awesome. I can't believe it's taken me this long to get around to reading him.

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BarbaraBB
High-Rise | J. G. Ballard
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As is often the case with Ballard, this book centres around the upper middle class going beserk. The residents of a modern high rise apartment block start shutting out the outside world and degenerate into tribal warfare, accompanied by lots of drugs and booze. #highforthis #aprella

batsy Sounds great! 😆 1y
Kalalalatja Okay, this sounds awesome! 1y
Mdargusch So interesting! 1y
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Dulcinella Now I am curious! 1y
Reviewsbylola That sounds frightening! 1y
emilyhaldi Whoa! Sounds cray! Did you like this one?? 1y
BarbaraBB It starts out great. In the end it goes a bit over the top but it is still a good read I think. @batsy @Kalalalatja @Mdargusch @Dulcinella @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi 1y
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Wilkie
High-Rise | J. G. Ballard
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My #tbr pile.....

LeahBergen 😂😂 1y
tammysue 😂🤣🤣 1y
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cajunsyd 😂😂 1y
Ddzmini Maybe a little bigger than mine... 😝🤣🤣🤣 1y
AmyG Hahahaha. Now I feel better about myself. 1y
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mom2bugnbee
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Congrats @GondorGirl! It's easy to fall back to Pride & Prejudice for a best first line ?, but I have to go with J.G. Ballard's "High-Rise":

"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." #GG10K

GondorGirl Oh. Wow. That's an unusual opening! Poor dog! 😂 2y
mom2bugnbee @GondorGirl Right? It certainly gets your attention! 2y
PirateJenny You know Tom Hiddleston starred in the movie, yes? 2y
mom2bugnbee @PirateJenny I love that you "know" me so well! ? Yes, I've seen it. Luke Evans & Jeremy Irons, also! 2y
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geekybookgirl2
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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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iamjillsid
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The one good thing about waiting is reading.

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mom2bugnbee
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Bailedbailed

I hate to bail on this. I really did enjoy the beginning & I think it's a fascinating premise. (The first line will forever remain one of my favorites.) But the content got a little too intense for me. The only reason I was continuing is because I was listening to it read by Tom Hiddleston (who is an amazing narrator). Had I been reading print, I would have bailed earlier. Just not the book for me.

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mom2bugnbee
High-Rise | J. G. Ballard

"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."

Let's take a minute to appreciate the greatness of that first line. The first word is "later"... and you're disoriented for the rest of the book. Brilliant.

#aprilbookshowers #firstlineofcurrentread #day5 @RealLifeReading

JenFowler The dog? Eating the dog? 😣 2y
mom2bugnbee @JenFowler Exactly my point. You have to read the book to understand it! 2y
InLibrisVeritas It really is a disorienting book. Like it's the definition of "well, that escalated quickly" ? 2y
JenFowler @mom2bugnbee Added to my TBR! I'm too curious now😅 2y
mom2bugnbee @InLibrisVeritas That's a perfect description! 2y
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mom2bugnbee
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Not sure that I would have ever read this if my daughter hadn't recommended that I read it with my ears ... because Tom Hiddleston. 😉 What an amazing narration voice he has. And he can do any accent imaginable, so he changes his voice for characters, which is always a plus for a book with dialogue.

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Reita325
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This reads a bit like a satire as opposed to being out and out horror. Nonetheless, I once lived in a high rise and I can see something like this happening. In that sense: chilling.

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rabbitprincess
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Fun fact about the movie adaptation of High-Rise: all of the signage is in Eurostile Bold Extended, aka the font used in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

#readjanuary day 14: for the love of fonts

Dragon That's perfect 👍 3y
rabbitprincess @Dragon Another thing that is perfect: the scene in which Tom Hiddleston sunbathes 😏 #awoooga 3y
Dragon Okay @rabbitprincess I've got to watch this movie ! 🐉 3y
rabbitprincess @Dragon I should warn you that it gets violent and squicky, and at one point a dog is eaten 😩 The sunbathing scene is within the first 10 mins or so, fortunately. 3y
Dragon Thanks @rabbitprincess thanks for the warning , it's on the movie channel this month so I may not watch the whole thing. 🐉 3y
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rabbitprincess
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After spending the early afternoon at a National Theatre encore of No Man's Land, time to kick back with leftover popcorn from the movie and one of my many library DVDs.

CaramelLunacy How did you like No Man's Land? 3y
rabbitprincess @CaramelLunacy It was good! Intense, but that's not surprising given that it's a Pinter play. Loved seeing McKellen and Stewart together again! 3y
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Thekelburrows
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High-Rise --> fluffy biscuits. Because biscuits.

rabbitprincess YUM! 😃 3y
Eyelit 👍😃 3y
britt_brooke Yes!! Yum. 😋 3y
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LiaMahony
High-Rise: A Novel | J. G. Ballard
Mehso-so

This may be a book that has not stood the test of time.

The dystopian future portrayed in 1975 is not really a possibility and the crystal ball lens appears blurred from the year 2016.

The styling feels like a nostalgic quaint description from 70s icons such as Aaron Spelling, Sidney Sheldon et al.

Clever premise. Just perhaps, for me, not the classic to have endured the test of time. I felt if you want a 1970s tale. Try Valley of the Dolls.

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Horrortorte
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I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy this book from the first two sentences, but I knew I'd wanted to know more about people who thought it to be normal to eat dogs on their balconies...

#GreatFirstLines #dystopia

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scaifea
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Ooof. Tense. And outright weird. But cool. V. cool. Narration by Mr. Hiddleston didn't hurt it none, either.

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ThatNewBookSmell
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I think he might know a little something about society today too #ReadHarder2016 #dystopia

Redheadrambles You could count this as "Book to film" but I found the film rather disturbing ! 3y
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CarleyKlein
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Eeeee!!!! Book order came in!!

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Lucidusky
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From the opening paragraphs I can already tell this is going to be a memorable book: "...on this balcony where he now squatted beside a fire of telephone directories, eating the roast hindquarters of the Alsatian before setting off to his lecture at the medical school."

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BlueNoodleFritz
High-Rise: A Novel | J. G. Ballard

Soooo ....the voice was like candy in my ears...because...well..Tom Hiddelston...but...I drifted..many..many...times (sorry for the dots...it's FRIDAY )

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Cassandra_L
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Reread a dear old favourite to get the taste of the film out of my mouth. Not that the film was all that bad, it just wasn't High-Rise. Kinda heartbroken that so many people will come to this with tainted impressions and pre-convcieved ideas.

Sparkin I read High-Rise this summer on a whim (love a bit of Ballard, I do), and only now do I learn about Ben Wheatley's film adaptation. Was it not grimy enough? I imagine the pacing would be difficult to achieve in a film version. (edited) 2y
Cassandra_L @Sparkin I'd say the feel was very different, and the film stopped short of that final dissolution at the end. It didn't have that same bleakness and was too obviously comedic. Sure it was fun, but it missed the spirit of the book to me. (edited) 1y
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Cassandra_L
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". . . . [they were the] people who were content with their lives in the high-rise, who felt no particular objection to an impersonal steel and concrete landscape, no qualms about the invasion of their privacy by government agencies and data-processing organisations, and if anything welcomed these invisible intrusions, using them for their own purposes."

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GatheringBooks
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Clearly a page-turner but with totally forgettable characters and a fairly repetitive (albeit, yes, escalating) conflicts. There is a distinct disconnect between myself and the novel - which may also have been deliberate on the part of the author. While I was mildly unsettled and amused, I did not feel wholly invested in the story. A seething cauldron of raging, uninhibited impulses among supposedly-cultivated people - a total unraveling.

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GatheringBooks
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Going to bed with this one as my 14 year old girl types down her notes for an upcoming Geography test on tropical rainforest and deforestation. I see a connection there somewhere.

RealLifeReading That was a rather weird movie! 3y
bedandabook Almost watched the film last night, but opted for The Hunger Games instead as have read the book. Will add this to my TBR pile, as hate seeing a film before reading the book it's based on! 3y
GatheringBooks this is our book club's pick for the month @RealLifeReading and @bedandabook - we were thinking of watching the film on saturday after we discuss the book. which means i only have two days to finish reading the novel. yikes! it IS weird, but in a way that makes me want to turn the page for the next twist in the narrative. 3y
RealLifeReading I only watched it because I was stuck on a plane for 12+ hours and had seen a few of the other movies before on my previous flight. I was like ugh I should read the book first. But also, gaah if I don't watch it now will I get another chance to see it? 3y
GatheringBooks @RealLifeReading good point. i traveled via klm just a week ago. they didnt have this movie in their list. boo. :( 3y
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MooseGurl
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Evening plans ... 📖🤓🐢

MrBook Nice plans 😊👍🏻👌🏻. 3y
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Arabiatta
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It's amazing what the trappings of modernity really hide. These buildings are essentially a reflection of the best and worst of humanity. A quick, short, gruesome read. The parallels to "The Lord of the Flies" were very appropriate. Despite the fact that it was bright and sunny, and I had the obligatory frozen coffee in hand, I couldn't help feeling both morbidly fascinated, horrified, stifled. I am now desperate for a lighter, airier read.

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Cyn.Microcosm
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Tom Hiddleston is reading me a book, y'all. #itsamazing

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Cyn.Microcosm
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Perhaps my obsession knows no bounds, but this is going to make my fricking week.

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Sfox414
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FINALLY finished this one. I picked it up after I saw the movie in April (the movie's pretty good btw); don't know why I stalled so hard. Very unsettling and gross at times, but well worth a read--the writing is so good. Sort of like grown-ups doing Lord of the Flies.

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Sfox414
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I do all my best reading on planes ✈️📖📚😀

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

BookJunkie429 I feel like buying this book again just Tom on the cover. 3y
belinda_missen That may have been the reason I waited around to buy the film tie-in hehe 3y
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WesleyHoffmann
High-Rise: A Novel | J. G. Ballard

"Later, as he sat in his balcony eating the dog, Dr Robert Laing reflected on the unusual events that had taken place..."
Well hello first sentence of this book!

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CariVuke
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CastNuri
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Won't be able to look at those new high rise buildings in east London without concern, now

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CastNuri
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".... his white hands delicate with blood."

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Zakia
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Pickpick

I never want to live in an apartment - ever. 😱😱

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Howardsimmons
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I only read pleasant stories before bed, obviously.

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BookJunkie429
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Enjoyed it, but some parts made me cringe.

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EmilySears
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"Where Helen had begun to falter, [Wilder] felt more determined, like a climber who has at long last reached the foot of the mountain he has prepared all his life to scale."

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Giardi
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"This was an environment built, not for a man, but for man's absence"

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Olijba
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An engrossing read, that tackles the primal degradation of the residents of the titular high rise in the same cold detachment as the characters themselves.

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