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En Pangbourne Village, una urbanización de superlujo en Londres, viven unas pocas familias de muy alto poder adquisitivo en magníficas mansiones y con todo tipo de servicios exclusivos. Su vida se rige por una estricta planificación que pretende dar a sus hijos el ambiente más favorable para su crecimiento. Pero una mañana todos los adultos aparecen asesinados y los niños ...more
Paperback, 141 pages
Published October 2005 by Booket (first published November 1988)
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Bill  Kerwin

This mordant mystery novella by science fiction writer J.G. Ballard is only a “mystery” because the hideous crime at its core is the product of a socially unbearable evil. The thirty-two adults of the affluent enclave of Pangbourne Village have been brutally murdered, but their thirteen children—visible in the security footage up to the moment camera cords were cut—have disappeared from the scene. Could the children have been kidnapped? If so, why has there been no ransom demand? Or...could ther
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mark monday
EXPERIENCED NANNIES WANTED

Experienced nannies wanted for care of 13 children ages 8-17 in the safe, comfortable, and perfectly controlled upper class environment of the exclusive Pangbourne Village.



Position Description:

The nanny is a specialist working in the family's home, responsible for all tasks related to care of the children. The nanny will serve as a loving, nurturing, and trustworthy companion to the children. The nanny will carefully maintain at all times the liberal attitude enforced
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Manny
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Eliasdgian
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
«Σε μια απολύτως υγιή κοινωνία η τρέλα είναι η μοναδική ελευθερία»

Το Pangbourne Village, συγκρότημα πολυτελών κατοικιών στην ευρύτερη περιοχή του Berkshire, έμοιαζε ό,τι πιο κοντινό στον παράδεισο: δέκα πολυτελείς επαύλεις με πισίνες και αίθουσες προβολών, στεγασμένες αυλές με σκαζόν που ξεχώριζαν η μία από την άλλη με σειρές διακοσμητικών θάμνων και μάντρες από ξερολιθιά, και αθλητικές λέσχες με πανάκριβο εξοπλισμό, σε μια ιδιωτική έκταση είκοσι οκτώ στρεμμάτων. Η κοινότητα του Pangbourne Villa
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Katerina Charisi
Δεν μπορώ να πω ότι ενθουσιάστηκα με τη γραφή, αλλά σα σενάριο ήταν πολύ τρομακτικό!
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I've always meant to go back and read more of J.G. Ballard's back catalog, so it's convenient that many of his novels seem to be going up for another reprinting. This wasn't even one on my radar. It's very short, told in the form of an investigative journal from a man looking into the mysterious murder of 32 adults in one neighborhood on the same morning. Is it terrorists? Was it the military?

Now, this book was originally published in 1988. I have to ask myself if it has aged well. For one thing
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Dolceluna
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1988.
Nel condominio della periferia di una cittadina inglese, vengono ritrovati i cadaveri di 32 adulti. I loro figli, bambini e adolescenti, sono scomparsi. I genitori assassinati appartenevano a buone famiglie, di livello socio-culturale alto, famiglie che vivevano tutto, dalla routine quotidiana all’educazione dei figli, con controllo, efficienza e organizzazione.
Per risolvere il caso la polizia chiede il supporto di un consulente psichiatrico, il dottor Richard Greville, il quale avanza div
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Tasos
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Σε μια απόλυτα λογική κοινωνία η τρέλα είναι η μόνη ελευθερία"

Εκατόν τριάντα σελίδες αρκούν γι' αυτή την ιατροδικαστικής ακρίβειας και λιτότητας ανατομία ενός φρικιαστικού και πολυεπίπεδου σε συμβολισμούς εγκλήματος. Υλικό για Κρόνενμπεργκ και Χάνεκε. Αριστούργημα.
Milo
Running Wild What an apt title. I was indeed running wild when I finished this book. At least my mind was. Maybe I was actually running too...I can't remember. This novel follows the investigation of psychiatric adviser Dr. Richard Greville as he looks into the cause of a grisly mass murder. The murder involved some thirty two people and the murder weapons spanned from guns to crossbows, hair dryers to pillows, and even bamboo mantraps. Now let your minds wander and imagine the crime scene. Yo ...more
Panagiotis
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ασυζητητί καθαρό πεντάρι.
Scott
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
In the luxurious Pangbourne housing estate just outside London every adult lies dead. Some shot, some electrocuted, one strangled by a Viet-Minh style booby trap, another two run down by their own Porsche.

It is a scene of carnage, but among the corpses there are no children's bodies. Every child, every teenager is missing, apparently stolen from their families after their parents, housekeepers and security guards were near simultaneously massacred.

This is the scenario J.G Ballard's Running Wild
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Emily
Γραμμένο πριν από 30 περίπου χρόνια, εξακολουθεί να είναι ανατριχιαστικό.
Ίσως όχι τόσο όσο το 1988 που κυκλοφόρησε αλλά και πάλι, ο αναγνώστης συλλαμβάνει τον εαυτό του να βυθίζεται στον εφιάλτη.
Ας μην ξεχνάμε ότι στα 30 αυτά χρόνια έχει μεσολαβήσει ο βομβαρδισμός μας με δεκάδες τρομακτικά σενάρια, εικόνες φρίκης και εκατόμβες θυμάτων, μέσα από την ακατάλυτη και διαρκή ενημέρωση από κάθε είδους μέσα, για το καλό μας, για να ξέρουμε τι γίνεται γύρω μας ... Οι εντυπώσεις του μέσου αναγνώστη έχου
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Danger
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“In a totally sane society, madness is the only freedom.”

This quote from Running Wild succinctly sums up the sentiments of this slim novel.

At what first reads like a rather dry police procedural centered around a seemingly impossible-to-solve mass murder at a gated community, the impending twist is that THERE IS NO TWIST and once the protagonist figures out the details, the narrative shifts focus into a more psychosocial exploration as the the nature and reasoning of the unlikely perpetrator(s).
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mao
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
όπως ειπε και ο @Spiros Papadopoulos το βιβλίο διαβάζεται σαν να έχεις πυρετό. Ανατριχιαστικά προφητικό, αριστοτεχνικά γραμμένο, το διάβασα σε 12 ώρες. Σκοτεινό και υπέροχο. Θενκς Σπύρε, για την ιδέα.

PS: Να από που αντλεί υλικό ο Charlie Brooker. Το βιβλίο είναι γραμμένο στη σκοτεινή πλευρά του καθρέφτη
Orbi Alter
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tesko mi je zamisliti neku danasnju biblioteku za mlade koja bi uvrstila i ovaj naslov (osobito kad se u obzir uzme da lokalnim dusebriznicima i dusebriznicama smetaju nevjerojatno nevini naslovi), a opet gledam u tog Hit - juniora na kojem sam odrasla i pored lijepih Townsend, Endea, Dahla, Lindrgren ili O' Della, znalo se naici i na bas pomaknute naslove. Nevjerojatno mi je da mi je bas ovaj romancic bio prvi susret s Ballardom u zivotu i da sam ga s njim zavoljela. I cesto se kroz zivot prisj ...more
Matt
Mar 29, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an odd little book when compared to Ballard's other work. In this region of the country it is kind of a hard title to find, and both times that I have seen it in used stores it has been priced for collectors (for me that means over $12...yeah, i'm a cheapskate...). It is also very short, clocking in at just over a hundred pages.

For those who are unfamiliar with Ballard, he had a fascination with what he called invisible literature. This is best described as documents written for a specif
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Jonfaith
Read this today riding back from Chicago. There are nods to both the procedural form as well as a fairy tale. There is a massacare of all the adults at a gated community outside of Reading. All of the children are missing. A psychologist from the Home Office investigates the murder/kidnapping and explores the estate, itself a community of isolated sanity. The protagonist later concludes that within such, "madness is the only freedom." Ballard succeeds again in casting an eerie hue on the mechani ...more
Angela
I loved this book. So weird and disturbing.
Ballard is my favourite author but I prefer his short stories to his novels generally, but this is an exception to that rule.
FotisK
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Μάλλον προβλέψιμο
Panagiotis
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Μια εντύπωση που με κατέλαβε λίγες στιγμές αφότου έκλεισα το βιβλίο είναι πως επρόκειτο για ένα μικρό ανάγνωσμα, μια καλή ιδέα, που χρόνια πια μετά την κυκλοφορία της δεν είναι δα και τόσο συνταρακτική - οι δυστοπίες, η αναταραχή εντός του σύγχρονου ανθρώπου, έχουν πολλάκις απασχολήσει τη λογοτεχνία. Κοντολογίς, συμπαθητικό. Ωστόσο, όταν καταλαγιάσει ο αναγνωστικός κουρνιαχτός μπαίνουν σε τάξη οι λέξεις, αυτό το λεκτικό στρίμωγμα ξεδιπλώνεται, αποκαλύπτοντας την αρχιτεκτονική της ιστορίας. Καλό ...more
R.
Aug 25, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2006
Kids in gated community go crazy. Lord of the Flies meets the suburbs.

And...this just in...

CANNES -- Andras Hamori's H20 Motion Pictures has green-lighted two new productions: the thriller "Running Wild," based on the novel by J.G. Ballard and starring Samuel L. Jackson, and "The Gate -- 20 Years Later," a sequel to the 1987 hit teen horror title.

Jackson will act as a co-producer on "Running Wild," a detective story about the investigation of a mysterious massacre at a wealthy gated community. T
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Axolotl
As with the other "Ballards" I've read: the only mystery is that of motive. I like his subversion of mystery tropes in the service of cautionary aims.
• Frannie •
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Letto in poche ore, questo libricino di appena 92 pagine crea una tensione deliziosa e al tempo stesso disturbante. 1988, seguiamo le indagini di un consulente psichiatra, il dott. Greville, in merito ad un misterioso massacro avvenuto nella ricca ed esclusiva area residenziale del Pangbourne Village, vicino Londra: 32 adulti sono stati uccisi a sangue freddo, perlopiù a colpi di proiettile e i loro 13 figli adolescenti sono misteriosamente scomparsi. Un delitto perfetto in un luogo a sua volta ...more
Aaron Kent
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I started this book last night and had to stop reading it because I was getting scared and freaked out. I woke up early to finish it. How many books can you say that about?
Petros Sarantakis
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Εξαιρετική νουβέλα - θρίλερ που αφηγείται την ιστορία μιας μαζικής δολοφονίας και τη διαλεύκανσή της. Η λύση του μυστηρίου είναι ορατή από πολύ νωρίς αλλά το βιβλίο συγκεντρώνει τη γοητεία του από τον τρόπο αφήγησης. Ο συγγραφέας με λιτό λόγο μας δίνει το σχόλιό του μέσα από μια αφήγηση ωμή σαν αμοντάριστο ρεπορτάζ και κρατά το ενδιαφέρον μέχρι την τελευταία λέξη.
Vassiliki Dass
3.5*
Πολύ ενδιαφέρον θέμα παρά που αμέσως καταλαβαίνει κάποιος τί συμβαίνει. Θα μπορούσε κατά την γνώμη μου να γίνει συγκλονιστικό αν αναπτυσσόταν και δεν είχε μορφή ημερολογίου με παράθεση ονομάτων και πράξεων
George Georgiadis
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fish-and-chips
Μια μικρή βόμβα στα θεμέλια της μπουρζουαζίας. Μου θύμισε ταινίες του Χάνεκε. (Παρεμπιπτόντως, θα ήταν ΤΕΛΕΙΟ ο Χάνεκε να χρησιμοποιήσει το βιβλίο ως πρωτογενές υλικό για μια μελλοντική ταινία του.)
blake
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Silvia Feliceconunlibro
Recensione completa: http://feliceconunlibro.blogspot.it/2...

Attraverso ciò che il dottor Greville scrive, seguiamo passo passo le indagini che vengono condotte sul caso.
Quello che ha di particolare questo libro è che il suo fulcro non è lo scoprire il colpevole, che è evidente ancor prima di iniziare a leggere, ma anzi riuscire a capire il movente. La verità che alla fine emerge è talmente agghiacciante che nessuno riesce a immaginarla o a crederla possibile.
una lettura che lascia un po' attoni
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Jordi Via
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Un buen relato pero no una buena novela.
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James Graham "J. G." Ballard (15 November 1930 – 19 April 2009) was an English novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Ballard came to be associated with the New Wave of science fiction early in his career with apocalyptic (or post-apocalyptic) novels such as The Drowned World (1962), The Burning World (1964), and The Crystal World (1966). In the late 1960s and early 1970s Ballard focused on a ...more
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