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Un gioco da bambini

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Nel 1988, nell’esclusiva e nuovissima residenza del villaggio di Pangbourne, pochi chilometri fuori Londra, si verifica un massacro: trentadue adulti vengono trovati morti. Sono stati brutalmente uccisi nonostante i dispositivi di sicurezza e i loro tredici figli adolescenti sono scomparsi. Il delitto pare perfetto come il luogo in cui si è consumato, ed è durato solo poch ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published 2007 by Feltrinelli (first published 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
mark monday

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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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.
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ασυζητητί καθαρό πεντάρι.
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
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).
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Vassiliki Dass
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.)
Silvia Feliceconunlibro
Recensione completa:

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
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
At the heart of this book is a compelling insight into the consequences of living a false life, eliminating any element of human experience that might be messy, unpredictable, inconvenient -- any element that doesn't conform to superficially defined "perfection." The crime that carries the plot is interesting, but the real horror in this novella is what happens to young, developing humans who are cut off from reality -- who live in a state of "sensory deprivation." Ballard describes these young ...more
Riccardo Mainetti
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Un tranquillo complesso residenziale abitato da famiglie della borghesia inglese che vivono nell'agiatezza e che hanno instaurato una sorta di regime atto a creare una società sana e pacifica. Una sorta di piccolo paradiso in terra dove la vita scorre tranquilla fra i mille impegni, tutti rigorosamente pianificati, tanto degli adulti che degli abitanti più giovani. In questa sorta di Piccola Società Perfetta, un giorno, come un fulmine a ciel sereno, piomba l'inaspettato e l'imponderabile. In un ...more
I feel like Ballard does for psychology what classical science fiction writers do for concepts taken from the "hard" science. He takes a situation that highlights a certain psychogical effect (in the case of this book, the effect of so-called helicopter--or rigorously involved--parenting on the mental health of their children) and paints an extreme scenario where this condition drives the affected characters to excess. In Running Wild, he documents in clinical, clear-eyed detail the mental degra ...more
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Damiana by: Riccardo Mainetti
Shelves: consigliati
Un gioco da bambini è la cronaca degli eventi di un analista della polizia, che documenta le indagini che vedono al centro il massacro di trentadue adulti e la successiva sparizione dei figli degli uccisi, fino all'agghiacciante scoperta: l'uccisione è avvenuta per mano degli stessi ragazzi, che hanno architettato un piano studiato fin nei minimi particolari. Tutto per liberarsi della "dittatura della bontà", che aveva imprigionato i ragazzi, tutti benestanti, in una vita monotona, organizzata f ...more
Jul 03, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This one felt like Ballard's heart wasn't in it. His fascination with upper class housing being a trap from which rich people can only escape through violence is an interesting one, but here the tone of the story changes too often and Ballard gives the details in such a flat way there's no way to invest in the story. I love the idea of children revolting at the idea of overly precious parents, but there's probably a better way to tell it than this. I'm still waiting for a book to match "High Ris ...more
Germano Dalcielo
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Racconto lungo del buon James, sempre sulle sue corde, quelle dell’alienazione sociale e del disadattamento esistenziale. Un maestro del genere distopico moderno, ma, nonostante io sia un suo grande fan, questo libro non lo annovero tra i suoi capolavori. Piuttosto tirato per i capelli il movente, nonostante, ripeto, siamo in una Inghilterra distopica, quasi surreale. Lettura godibile, a maggior ragione perché si legge in un paio d’ore.
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, crime
32 members of an exclusive community are found dead, their children missing. Is this a kidnapping or is it something much more sinister? Dr. Richard Greville, Deputy Psychiatric Adviser to the London Metropolitan Police will have to answer this question...but he may not be prepared for what he will find.
Mar 28, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ballard says, "In a totally sane society, madness is the only freedom." So sums up the theme of this book. Overall, fascinating premise, with a somewhat cinematic quality to the imagery and narration, which I enjoy. Main complaint? It's too short! 104 pages is not enough for a story concept as interesting as this. I was left wanting more.
A creepy, fun read that draws you in, with the distance imposed by presenting it in the form of the investigator's journal adding to the feeling of alien-ness/alienation. Posh subdivisions and helicopter parents, beware: THIS COULD HAPPEN TO YOU.
Daniela Jannuzzi
Una sola parola: spietato.
Thomas Stavrou
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Σε μια απολύτως υγιή κοινωνία, η τρέλα είναι η μοναδική ελευθερία.
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"In a totally sane society, madness is the only freedom." -- J.G. Ballard

Always a pleasure to read the master stylist, Ballard.
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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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