High-Rise by J. G. Ballard

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 I read this because I heard Tom Hiddleston is going to be in the movie adaptation. Yeah, I have a bit of a problem with this man, I really can’t explain it, he is just an amazing man.   OK, moving on. . . 

This is an odd book. I read it in one day but felt like I lost a few months out of my life because it was so creepy. I am curious how the movie will be because there were a lot of really weird things in the book.  The building is impressive, you only have to leave for work.  Everything you could possibly need is within.  You have gyms, supermarkets, hairdressers, restaurants, other random shops, there is even a school.

*I should mention that at the time I was reading this book I was living in a similar type of building.  It was a high-rise built on top of a supermarket, with a gym, a community center with free Starbucks coffee and steps away from many many other amenities. *

Back to the book. A few things start to go wrong, like elevators not working or garbage shoots becoming jammed, and pretty quickly society crumbles.  The entire building went crazy and you really don’t hear much from the outside world.  This is what I mean by “odd book”.

People go crazy pretty fast.  There is all out war going on between the floors, people are being attacked, apartments are being broken into and yet the rest of the world is just moving along as normal.  I was very much pulled into the story of the downfall of this building but at the same time I couldn’t bring myself to believe that this type of chaos would happen so quickly and that the rest of the world would not intervene.  

I can’t say that I love this book but I can’t say that I don’t love it either.  I loved it enough to read it in one day so there was something about it that kept my attention but I . . . I just don’t know.  It was odd. And it made me question all of my neighbors.  Would that one be one of the first to break?  Could I count on them to help me if people started to go crazy? How long would I last if my building lost it like this?  I might have even had an escape plan, just in case.

 I can’t imagine the movie capturing the pure crazy of the book but it will be interesting to see regardless.  

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