J. G. Ballard published the book High-Rise in 1975. It is a dystopian thriller novel, whose story revolves around a luxurious high-rise building which is disintegrating because of chaos among its residents. They also adapted the book into a movie in 2015, with the same name.
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Author: J. G. Ballard
Genre: Dystopian thriller
Good reads rating: 3.62 of 5
My Ratings: 7.2 of 10
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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Robert Laing, who is a doctor and a medical school lecturer, moves into a new apartment after his divorce. This apartment is on the 25th floor of a new high-rise building on the outskirts of London. This high-rise building offers many commodities for its inhabitants. These commodities of modern life include a supermarket, high-speed lifts, bank, own school, restaurant, gymnasium, hair salon, and swimming pools. Because of all these conveniences provided in this tower building, the inhabitants become uninterested in the outside world. Another fact for increasing interest in this building is accommodation and a secure environment.
Some other tenants of the building who meet Laing include Charlotte Melville, who is a secretary and lives one floor above to Laing. Richard Wilder, who is a documentary filmmaker, lives in the lower floors of the building with his family. However, after all these pros, there are many cons of living in this high rise building. Issues like minor power failures and petty grievances between neighbours lead to an orgy of violence. All these issues result in the degeneration of this high-rise society. There are different rivalries on petty issues like the whole floor of inhabitants are claiming the use of the lift at the same time. Different tenants start defending their right to swimming pools. Not much later, the lower floor, middle-and upper floor tenants become rivals of each other and turn into distinct groups.
As soon as these events escalate, the inhabitants ignore social restraints, abandoned their outside life and begin violence in the building. Some people even quit their jobs, and families stay indoors. Hence the sense of time decreases. This leads to breaking down the amenities of the high-rise building. But no one is responsible enough to bring it to the notice of authorities. Instead, all the tenants are busy finding new grudges further leading to the disintegration of the building. Laing plans to leave the building and move to a new apartment. Wilder reaches the top floor of the building and they see him confront the architect of the building.
The novel High-Rise is an amazing read not only because it is interesting but also it covers many of the problems this world is facing. Besides solving issues, we consider our own comfort and good. And in return, we are just harming our home more and more. This novel receives my rating of 7.2 out of 10 for depicting reality. Would I re-read this novel? Yes. Am I glad I read it? Yes.
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