J.G. Ballard's dystopian novel depicts a future in which the occupants of a luxury 40-storey tower block revert to primitive behaviour and embark on an orgy of destruction, obeying the laws of the jungle, rather than civilised society
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Now a major film: J. G. Ballard's compelling and unnerving tale of what happens when life in a luxury apartment building descends into chaos.
'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.'
Within the walls of an elegant forty-storey high-rise, 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 mayhem.
In this visionary novel, the veneer of civilised society is stripped away as the inhabitants of the high-rise, driven by primal urges, create a dystopian world ruled by intimidation and violence. And no one wants it to stop .
'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