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Thirty miles outside of London lies a suburban utopia called Pangbourne Village, an exclusive residential development in which all the houses are new, the security system is impeccable, parents are happy and children are provided with a nonstop roster of structured activity. But fans of Ballard's High Rise , in which he turned an apartment tower into a warring miniature city, will recognize his dim view of fabricated societies. Indeed, in his eerie new novella's first moments, Pangbourne's 32 adults are found murdered, and the complex's 13 children, all but one of them teenagers, have vanished. Written as a police psychiatrist's forensic diary, the story unfolds as an investigation that quickly points to the children themselves as culprits. Though the author sketches a sharp portrait of complacent privilege in Thatcher's England and tells a provocative story with a jolting final twist, the explanation of a carefully coordinated plot among the youths--"in a totally sane society, madness is the only freedom"--is unduly glib. At just over 100 pages, that's really all there is to it; this is, in every sense, a minor work by a major writer.
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'A tight, macabre tale...A well-constructed and superbly written novella. As a malevolent gesture in the direction of facts we prefer to ignore, it provides a salutary chill.' Jonathan Coe, Guardian 'In words as crisp as a well-cut film, Ballard's gripping story shocks middle-class assumptions to the roots.' Mail on Sunday 'Has the impact of a black-and-white television documentary. The writing is elegant, taut and economical, the story gripping.' Sunday Times 'A particularly chilling fable...Ballard in a nutshell.' Nicholas Lezard, Guardian 'Simultaneously a detective novel, a psychological horror novel and a dystopian political novel. "Running Wild" may well be remembered as one of the major political novels of our time.' New York Review of Science Fiction --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Pangbourne Village was an exclusive gated community for affluent families. It was thirty miles west of London. Ten families lived within its cloistered confines. Read morePublished 18 months ago by R. M. Peterson
Some short novels beg to be fondled long after being read. This volume is just such a lush curio.
I also find this to be Ballard's most readable, or should I say... Read more
The only bad thing i can say about this book is that it is very obvious what the plot-twist is going to be - so obvious that it isn't even a real surprise, but this book is still a... Read morePublished on February 6, 2003
Quick. If you want a quick read for a rainy afternoon, this is it. Don't expect much. There are no surprises, there is little to look forward too. Read morePublished on October 4, 2002 by i-read
this was the most boring book i have read in quite some time. i read it in a total of about three hours, constantly looking for some sort of twist or something other than the... Read morePublished on September 16, 2002
This book was severely, severely disappointing and shouldn't ever be compared to the excellent work of Chuck Palahniuk. Read morePublished on August 6, 2002 by Nathan E. Duckworth
In 1988 this book on the ficticious pangbourne massacre was published. Since that time the columbine massacre and quite a few other massacres involving teens has occured and will... Read morePublished on January 20, 2002 by Haseeb
This was an interesting enough idea: rebellion from an obscenely contrived utopia. An editorial review described the story as being "glib." I agree. Read morePublished on October 9, 2001 by Oz du Soleil