High-riseBook - 1975
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I have to confess that the only reason I picked up J. G. Ballard's 1975 novel of inevitable social decline in a well-to-do apartment block was because I'd read an article about the movie version due out later this year starring Tom Hiddleston. I'd watch Tom Hiddleston in anything, so I figured I'd read the book before the movie comes out. And in my own mind I think I was already imagining an… (more)
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J.G. Ballard explores the disintegration of social structures in High-Rise, as over a few months the inhabitants of a 40-storey tower block withdraw from the outside world and begin a slow descent to a state of primal savagery. Concepts that Ballard investigated in many of his novels are present ... Read More »
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All the evidence accumulated over several decades cast a critical light on the high-rise as a viable social structure, but cost-effectiveness in the area of public housing and high profitability in the private sector kept pushing these vertical townships into the sky against the real needs of their occupants.
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