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    PDF READ The Divers' Game With simple direct prose The Divers' Game reads like a dark fable or perhaps a folktale beamed backwards through time from a distant future It's a dystopian other worldly setting in which our present civilisation

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    review The Divers' Game PDF READ The Divers' Game Jesse Ball ñ 3 read & download I've seen reviews which discuss this as a future dystopia but for me it's a veiled fable about now Ball offers up a world divided and ghettoised where the 'haves' can kill at will where the 'have nots' specifically refugees and criminals released from prison are non persons without legal rights It's a world that lacks compassion and empathy where language has been redefined so that the culture can embrace violence while still ca

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    review The Divers' Game PDF READ The Divers' Game Jesse Ball ñ 3 read & download The Divers' Game is set in a future or alternative society in which refugees and other social outcasts are legally designated as subhuman They are left to live in cordoned off slums called uads and if they enter the main city citizens are permitted to gas them in order to stun them knock them out or kill them The citizens all carry gas masks and colour coded canisters They are trained from an early age to don the mask an

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    review The Divers' Game Jesse Ball ñ 3 read & download PDF READ The Divers' Game The best dystopian novels pick the themes of their time extend them into the future and present the reader with an all too plausible nightmare societyImagine a society with a refugee crisis Then imagine a society that res

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    review The Divers' Game PDF READ The Divers' Game free read ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB ñ Jesse Ball The Divers' Game is the latest novel from Jesse Ball the 4th of his I have read and someone who is fast emerging as one of our most interesting modern day writers It looks like it’s about a very violent society that pretends it isn’t viol

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    review The Divers' Game Jesse Ball ñ 3 read & download free read ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB ñ Jesse Ball I loved Census and How to Set a Fire and Why so I had high hopes for this Like Census it's heavy on the metaphors

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    Jesse Ball ñ 3 read & download free read ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB ñ Jesse Ball review The Divers' Game Dive down You just dive down and find the hole then it starts I mean you crawl For one pond to the other The div

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    Jesse Ball ñ 3 read & download free read ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB ñ Jesse Ball review The Divers' Game I have attempted a couple of times to read a Jesse Ball book waiting for the one that was right for me Ball is not exactly my perfect fit he's of a literary impressionist while I tend to stick to realism With THE DIVERS' GAME I was

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free read ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB ñ Jesse Ball The Divers' Game review · 3 Jesse Ball ñ 3 read & download From the inimitable mind of award winning author Jesse Ball a novel about an unsettlingly familiar society that has renounced the concept of euality and the devastating conseuences of unmitigated powerThe old fashioned struggle for fairness has finally been abandoned It was a misguided endeavor The world is divided into two groups pats and uads The pats may kill the uads as they like and do The u. I ve seen reviews which discuss this as a future dystopia but for me it s a veiled fable about now Ball offers up a world divided and ghettoised where the haves can kill at will where the have nots specifically refugees and criminals released from prison are non persons without legal rights It s a world that lacks compassion and empathy where language has been redefined so that the culture can embrace violence while still calling itself non violent where fear and insult are common currency It s no coincidence that a character is named Lethe the river in the classical underworld from which the newly dead drink to forget what living was like How far is this conceptually from Trump s US or Brexit Britain where statesmen have normalised bullying bluster and boasting where sexual assault or disabilities can be mocked publicly where hatred has become legitimized whether for reasons of race gender sexuality class or any other divisive marker There s a horrible recognition at the heart of Ball s worldFor all that the final and most powerful section for me is both despairing and hopeful as a woman who has killed finds that she is sickened by her own action by what she has done by what she is and how society has shaped her Her resistance is both annihilating and I think redemptive if only in a minor individual way Stark prose pressing politics and a desire to shock us into moral confrontation makes this an urgent unnerving readMany thanks to Granta for an ARC via NetGalley

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free read ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB ñ Jesse Ball The Divers' Game review · 3 Jesse Ball ñ 3 read & download Ads have no recourse but to continue with their livesThe Divers’ Game is a thinly veiled description of our society an extreme case that demonstrates a truth we must change or our world will collapseWhat is the effect of constant fear on a life or on a culture The Divers’ Game explores the conseuences of violence through two festivals and through the dramatic and excruciating examination of a. The best dystopian novels pick the themes of their time extend them into the future and present the reader with an all too plausible nightmare societyImagine a society with a refugee crisis Then imagine a society that responds to that refugee crisis not by rejecting the refugees but by allowing them to stay as long as they are physically marked so that everyone knows who belongs and who does not Imagine then that these others in society are stigmatised and often subject to violence Imagine that the solution to that is not to stop the violence but to redefine the word violence so that it does not include acts performed against the uads as they are known because they live in special lawless and walled in areas called uads and only leave at their own risk The pats as the residents of the land are called carry canisters of gas and gas masks so that they are euipped to deal with any uad who approaches and looks vaguely threatening with no threat of repercussionsWelcome to Jesse Ball s future worldBut Jesse Ball is not one to tell a straightforward story That would be far too simple Ball presents us with three stories and he works by impressionism rather than by telling It is for the reader to puzzle over the underlying themes and linksTwo girls attend a school where they are taught about their society they are pats and then taken to a zoo by a teacher with a drink problem One girl goes in the other stays outside Both experience an adventure This part of society is heading towards Ogias Day If you know your Christian Old Testament Ogias Day is like the Jubilee without the godly parts cancellation of debts establishment of euality and Then a young girl is selected to be the centre of a communal ceremony in one of the uads She is given free rein whatever she commands will happen as she tours the area and the mob mentality rises Where the ceremony of the first part sought euality and was feared by many because of that here the ceremony creates a complete ineuality a young girl has absolute power and is feared by many because of that We learn about the titular Divers Game which explores the connection between two local lakes and as it does so explores what it means to belong and the lengths people will go to in order to feel part of the in crowdFinally a woman writes a letter to her husband It is for the reader to work out who the woman is and I won t spoil the book by saying what the letter is about but the woman is concerned about the conseuences of cruelty for the life of the person being cruelThis then is a book to discuss with others What are the connections Are there connections Are the connections underneath rather than visible on the surface the title and the game might be a clue Are the connections thematic rather than plot hint there is no overall plot really I write this at the stage where I have only just begin to make those connections and I know I have work ahead of me which I hope will be assisted by other readers as I get chance to discuss the bookI love that Jesse Ball doesn t write about a dystopia where refugees have been rejected and walls have been built to keep them out I love that he turns things on their head and writes about a dystopia where the refugees are allowed to remain and his logical extension is to a society that marks those who don t belong and removes penalties for harm done to themmI love that he then presents us with several different stories about this dystopian world but doesn t feel the need to explain it all This is similar to my favourite kind of artwork that presents the viewer with an abstract impressionistic image or several images but leaves it for the viewer to interpretYou have to be Jesse Ball to be able to imagine the world he creates You probably have to be Jesse Ball to understand how it all links together but there is sufficient thematic connection made to mean that the reader puts the book down knowing that they will be thinking about it for many days to come Like the subterranean connections within the novel this book lays the groundwork for some subconscious connections in the readers mind the kind of thing that is likely to wake you up in the night thinking about it as pieces join togetherAs an aside having just finished a re read of Deborah Levy s The Man Who Saw Everything how awesome would an evening called Deborah Levy and Jesse Ball In Conversation beMy thanks to Granta Publications for an ARC via NetGalley

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free read ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB ñ Jesse Ball The Divers' Game review · 3 Jesse Ball ñ 3 read & download Woman’s final momentsBrilliantly constructed and achingly tender The Divers’ Game shatters the notion of common decency as the binding agent between individuals forcing us to consider whether compassion is intrinsic to the human experience With his signature empathy and ingenuity Jesse Ball’s latest work solidifies his reputation as one of contemporary fiction’s most mesmerizing talents. The Divers Game is the latest novel from Jesse Ball the 4th of his I have read and someone who is fast emerging as one of our most interesting modern day writers It looks like it s about a very violent society that pretends it isn t violent at allIt smells like licorice left in a holeSource A hyena who searched Jesse Ball s house in 2018 and found the draft of this novel He said we can welcome them as long as we can tell them apart As long as we can tell them apart Many of them wherever they were from they had red hats a kind of long knit hat a red hat no one remembers why and so Garing said This will be their symbol We ll tattoo the red hat on their cheeks and then we ll know who is who Then we can welcome themThis novel gives us a a dystopian set up but one that draws as Graham s review points out on Nazi era ghettos with immigrants and increasingly also criminals in theory allowed to live in the host country but in practice physically branded and legally non persons such that violence towards them from ordinary citizens is not considered legally and increasingly not even morally wrong Our morality is what we do Do you all understand that But if what we do ceases to be violence let us say it is the same but it is no longer violence then we are not violent we are no longer doers of violenceDespite the historical set up this reference to the pernicious effect of normalisation of behaviour is highly pertinent to our times gun crime in the US would be one parallel And in fact the author himself argues that to see this as a dystopia is to misread it interview from Paris Review linked belowI don t believe it is a dystopia Dystopian novels are pleasant distractions for the beach for the most part with lithe protagonists and evil This is not that at all Instead it is a short speech about violence real violence that I have observed in the past forty one years It is a parable about that it s a parable but there is no lessonThe initial set up is over explained in a rather clunky set up literally in a lecture But the novel comes in to its own after the characters escape the lecture hall and we experience other key elements of the society both the rather terrifying Day of the Infanta amongst the non people and amongst the citizens Ogias Day declared seemingly at very short notice only a fee days earlier for the first time in over 50 years a sort of comprehensive Jubilee although no one uite seems to know what will happen He said he heard on the last Ogias Day a lot of people died Everything turns upside down Freedom surprises people they don t know what to do with it People who have been paying back debts for decades and then the debt is just gone It makes them crazy especially if they know other people who did fuck all with their debts And everyone s in the same boat What is that You could see why people would be mad Are you saying you think it s a bad idea No no I mean I owe some I ve run it up pretty badly You know this job doesn t pay much I m glad for it to stop I don t owe anything she said I still live at home I heard she said that it isn t just debt It s all bonds So after tomorrow no one is married You d have to get remarried You have to reacuire your job Everything s started over It s a complete restart They have to explain all this That s why everyone has to go to the announcement points Can t be true I never heard any of that My brother says he says Ogias Day isn t for us anyway It s for people like you people who own things It s a holiday to keep you owning the things you owninteresting parallels to the political discussion on both sides of the Atlantic about writing off student debt but also to whether radical reform is really about the preservation of the existing systemThe last section gives the novel a powerful close as we get the suicide note of the lecturer s wife we learned in the first section that she killed herself using the gas citizens are given to defend themselves against non persons her actions triggered by what she and her society had become There is a permanent sickness in my stomach It is a revulsion and it is a disgust and it is a disgust at who I am and have been who you are who we are together who everyone together becomes in this day and ageRecommended although not Ball s best work and how The Wall made the Booker longlist and this didn t is a mystery but then how The Wall made the Booker longlist is a mystery in any case 35 stars as it isn t Ball s strongest work and readers would be better starting elsewhereAnd there is a wonderful interview here between two of my favourite writers Ball and the brilliant Patty Yumi Cottrell to the publisher via Netgalley for the ARC

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  • The Divers' Game
  • Jesse Ball
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  • 11 August 2018
  • 9780062676115