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review The Divers' Game ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub 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. If Jesse Ball s mind was an actual place I d love to travel there I m sure it would be spellbinding and full of weird surprises riveting strange and disturbing No one writes about human cruelty and its conseuences like this guy and no one employs the enlightening power the perspective of a kid can provide far away from any cheap kitsch like the winner of last year s Gordon Burn Prize for Census a tribute to his dead brother To write like this you have to have deep moral convictions a sprawling imagination and the talent to turn this into intense affecting prose as a reader you need to be willing to put on your hiking boots and bring your compass in order to venture into the overgrown jungle at the heart of a remote narrative island because Ball s books are no beach reads The Divers Game is a novel in three parts In the first one we meet two kids living in a dystopian society that openly accepts and cements ineuality justifying this with arguments that rely on fear ignorance and ideas of superiority The people living in the lawless uarters outside the city most of them refugees are declared to be less than human and every kid is taught how to gas them if one of them crosses their path and disobeys or is perceived as somehow dangerous It has no legal conseuences to immobilize or even painfully kill them with gas the people in the city are carrying gas and gas masks at all times Together with their alcoholic teacher the kids want to visit the zoo and they are ultimately separated to experience two different areas where livingdead creatures are cagedIn the second part we meet kids living in Row House one of the lawless uads outside the city especially a young girl chosen to be the center of an enigmatic ritual that revolves around the limitless execution of personal power and the orgiastic experience of being part of a mob It was the cry of the punished that there should be punishment cruelty hate the world was always so much that the revelers had to flinch away had to retire from feeling and feel not what was before them but instead what they had felt what they might feel This ritual mirrors another one in the first part of the book that is feared by the people in the city because it revolves around the establishment of euality As you see Ball is playing with reversals and trick mirrors also watch out for a character named Lambert Ma who for some is a hero for others a terrorist In addition to that we learn about the eponymous divers game that the kids in the uad like to play I won t explain the game in order not to spoil it but I can say that it s about belonging and the dangerous attempt to overcome separation pay attention that it only works in one direction thus being relevant to the whole book The third part is a letter written by the teacher s wife shortly before her death and it contemplates the price an individual soul might pay for being cruel and when instead of fairness there is just order and its conseuences What I love about Jesse Ball is how lyrical his prose is his daring creative ideas and how he does not feel the need to destroy the power of his strong haunting images by over explaining them Rather he trusts in his readers abilities to appreciate the sheer beauty of his art and the iridescent associations he evokes This is a writer tackling very serious topics while proving that smart content and gorgeous writing can easily go together and I hope he will go on winning some prizes for this stunning novel A Hockey Tutor powerThe old fashioned struggle for fairness has finally been abandoned It was a misguided endeavor The world is divided into two groups Staub und Stolz pats and uads The Die Verwirrungen des Zöglings TörleßLernmaterialien pats may kill the uads as they like and do The u. If Jesse Ball s mind was an actual Goldelse place I d love to travel there I m sure it would be spellbinding and full of weird surprises riveting strange and disturbing No one writes about human cruelty and its conseuences like this guy and no one employs the enlightening Hansel and Gretel Faerie Tale Collection #5 power the The Death of Ben Linder The Story of a North American in Sandinista Nicaragua perspective of a kid can The Last Garden provide far away from any cheap kitsch like the winner of last year s Gordon Burn Prize for Census a tribute to his dead brother To write like this you have to have deep moral convictions a sprawling imagination and the talent to turn this into intense affecting Something About Jace Pineapple Grove #1 prose as a reader you need to be willing to Angels of the Sea put on your hiking boots and bring your compass in order to venture into the overgrown jungle at the heart of a remote narrative island because Ball s books are no beach reads The Divers Game is a novel in three The Four Yogas Of Swami Vivekananda condensed and Retold by Swami Tapasyananda parts In the first one we meet two kids living in a dystopian society that openly accepts and cements ineuality justifying this with arguments that rely on fear ignorance and ideas of superiority The Ted White Blue The Nugent Manifesto people living in the lawless uarters outside the city most of them refugees are declared to be less than human and every kid is taught how to gas them if one of them crosses their Landmarks of Canadian Art path and disobeys or is அனல்காற்று Anal Kaatru perceived as somehow dangerous It has no legal conseuences to immobilize or even おはよう、いばら姫 1 painfully kill them with gas the Kein schwuler Land people in the city are carrying gas and gas masks at all times Together with their alcoholic teacher the kids want to visit the zoo and they are ultimately separated to experience two different areas where livingdead creatures are cagedIn the second The Rolling StonesA Life on the Road part we meet kids living in Row House one of the lawless uads outside the city especially a young girl chosen to be the center of an enigmatic ritual that revolves around the limitless execution of Why Do You Kill? The Untold Story of the Irai Resistance personal Austrian Philosophy The Legacy of Franz Brentano power and the orgiastic experience of being Göring part of a mob It was the cry of the Todesengel punished that there should be The Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler punishment cruelty hate the world was always so much that the revelers had to flinch away had to retire from feeling and feel not what was before them but instead what they had felt what they might feel This ritual mirrors another one in the first The Fall Anna Kronberg Thriller #2 part of the book that is feared by the Second Thoughts Myths Morals of US Economic History people in the city because it revolves around the establishment of euality As you see Ball is Temptation playing with reversals and trick mirrors also watch out for a character named Lambert Ma who for some is a hero for others a terrorist In addition to that we learn about the eponymous divers game that the kids in the uad like to Der Sandmann play I won t explain the game in order not to spoil it but I can say that it s about belonging and the dangerous attempt to overcome separation Воспоминания pay attention that it only works in one direction thus being relevant to the whole book The third The mathematics laboratory; Theory to practice Prindle Weber Schmidt series in mathematics education part is a letter written by the teacher s wife shortly before her death and it contemplates the Santiago de Compostela price an individual soul might A la Carte pay for being cruel and when instead of fairness there is just order and its conseuences What I love about Jesse Ball is how lyrical his Letters from Long Binh prose is his daring creative ideas and how he does not feel the need to destroy the Debating Otaku in Contemporary Japan power of his strong haunting images by over explaining them Rather he trusts in his readers abilities to appreciate the sheer beauty of his art and the iridescent associations he evokes This is a writer tackling very serious topics while Perahim proving that smart content and gorgeous writing can easily go together and I hope he will go on winning some Facts of Life Stories prizes for this stunning novel

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review The Divers' Game ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub 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. Dive down You just dive down and find the hole then it starts I mean you crawl For one pond to the other The divers game the part where you pull yourself into the hole is the worst Because from there you just have to go on You have to trust that the tunnel s the same as it was last time This book tends to be reviewed as set in a near future dystopia one which imagines a societal approach to mass immigration and to undesirables that seems only a logical extension of current trends I would add though that it is really also a very lightly imagined variation on past practices and lacks the real imagination of say an Exit West even John Lanchester s The Wall to which book it is in every other way superior and whose Booker longlisting looks even bizarre if one assumes that this book was eligible and submittedBall imagines a country which deals with mass immigration by admitting them marking them with a tattoo of a red hat to make their status as legal non persons a legal status change which became enforced as a philosophical one that violence perpetuated on the refugees was not just not illegal but was not even immoral In time the refugees were also marked by amputation of their thumbs and given special areas uadrants outside of cities where they had a degree of safety in that citizens too forfeited their rights in what was deemed a pre civilised space Outside these guarded areas the citizens Pats are drilled in the deployment of gas masks and the use of poisonous gases to protect themselves against the dehumanised refugees uads Over time the uads are used to house other undesirables in particular criminals and the uads themselves have rough justice enforced by bosses who have reached an understanding with the guardsImmediately one set of rather obvious historical parallels are clear yellow stars non persons Nonperson status was reuired because it removed the moral and social obstacles for committing otherwise objectionable acts of violence crime abuse and murder ghettos KaposThe book has a shaky start the above information is rather clunkily covered by a rhetorical revision lecture on the history of immigration given by Professor Mandred and attended by two citizen girls Lois and Lethe Luckily I was able to follow the principles of the Divers Game I assumed that this was the worst part of the book and trusting that Ball s writing abilities would be the same as in his last book I was able to go on The remainder of the first part follows Lois and particularly Lethe on a trip with the Professor to a zoo to see the last remaining animals in the country We witness the arbitrary way in which they all treat the uads they encounter and the Zoo itself is full of symbolism with a divide between dead and living animals with the almost eradication of animals a reminder of their cruel and arbitrary treatment often neither considered illegal or immoral in our society Later Lethe is accosted but unharmed by a group of uad children near some lakes The society is approaching Ogias Day a Jubilee style day where things are turned upside down and which is therefore unsettling to a society with the creed A world of tiers Know your place upon itBy looking down The second part is set in a particularly rough uad and is largely based around a raucous festival there the Day of the Infanta where a small child is chosen given the power to issue orders obeyed without uestion and reuired to administer arbitrary justice in a series of real as well as symbolic cases before being herself subject to the judgement of the mob In contrast to the unsettling effect of Ogias s Day this day is greeted wildly by uads allowing them to enact their frustration at their status and the cruel justice to which they are normally subject Within this part we learn that the son of the uad boss has disappeared we later find playing the Divers Game a seeming analogy for the courage reuired to travel between two otherwise separate socieites as well as a link to an incident in the first partBoth the post lecture first part and the second part are written in the wonderful style I recognise from Ball s previous novel Census sparse and yet full of imagery enigmatic and yet full of meaningThe third part is another change of style to a rather preachy style in which Ball s character makes sure we have understood the moral of the book that in dehumanising others we dehumanise ourselves It is told in a series of short letters from a Pat woman one we already know to her husband feeling threatened by a uad she killed him with gas and immediately cannot come to terms with her actions and contemplates suicide OR PERHAPS THEY DO KNOW WHY MY REVULSION AT this place of our lives this society of which we are a part seems not to immediately admit an obvious truth the people who are ground to bits by our horrific thoughtlessness selfishness greed though they may not know in each case why it has happened they do not need to know These things have happened so often that it becomes clear a man like this did not die because of what he did but because of what he was We are the ones who have the privilege of having things happen to us because of what we do Not everyone is so lucky Overall this book while barely than a novella and easily read in a single sitting is a uietly powerful and affecting plea to examine what the exclusion of the other is doing to the moral fabric of our societies One final remark I am sure it must be a coincidence but as Ball s last book Census was very similar in subject matter and style to China Mieville s The Census Taker this book in underlying subject matter but not in any way style shares a lot with The City and The City Mieville is I think by far the most imaginative and versatile of the two writers but the use he makes of his versatility in writing books in varying genre styles a police procedural in The City and The City renders Ball s the better read in this caseMy thanks to Granta for an ARC via NetGalley Angels of the Sea pond to the other The divers game the The Four Yogas Of Swami Vivekananda condensed and Retold by Swami Tapasyananda part where you Ted White Blue The Nugent Manifesto pull yourself into the hole is the worst Because from there you just have to go on You have to trust that the tunnel s the same as it was last time This book tends to be reviewed as set in a near future dystopia one which imagines a societal approach to mass immigration and to undesirables that seems only a logical extension of current trends I would add though that it is really also a very lightly imagined variation on Landmarks of Canadian Art past அனல்காற்று Anal Kaatru practices and lacks the real imagination of say an Exit West even John Lanchester s The Wall to which book it is in every other way superior and whose Booker longlisting looks even bizarre if one assumes that this book was eligible and submittedBall imagines a country which deals with mass immigration by admitting them marking them with a tattoo of a red hat to make their status as legal non おはよう、いばら姫 1 persons a legal status change which became enforced as a Kein schwuler Land philosophical one that violence The Rolling StonesA Life on the Road perpetuated on the refugees was not just not illegal but was not even immoral In time the refugees were also marked by amputation of their thumbs and given special areas uadrants outside of cities where they had a degree of safety in that citizens too forfeited their rights in what was deemed a Why Do You Kill? The Untold Story of the Irai Resistance pre civilised space Outside these guarded areas the citizens Pats are drilled in the deployment of gas masks and the use of Austrian Philosophy The Legacy of Franz Brentano poisonous gases to Göring protect themselves against the dehumanised refugees uads Over time the uads are used to house other undesirables in Todesengel particular criminals and the uads themselves have rough justice enforced by bosses who have reached an understanding with the guardsImmediately one set of rather obvious historical The Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler parallels are clear yellow stars non The Fall Anna Kronberg Thriller #2 persons Nonperson status was reuired because it removed the moral and social obstacles for committing otherwise objectionable acts of violence crime abuse and murder ghettos KaposThe book has a shaky start the above information is rather clunkily covered by a rhetorical revision lecture on the history of immigration given by Professor Mandred and attended by two citizen girls Lois and Lethe Luckily I was able to follow the Second Thoughts Myths Morals of US Economic History principles of the Divers Game I assumed that this was the worst Temptation part of the book and trusting that Ball s writing abilities would be the same as in his last book I was able to go on The remainder of the first Der Sandmann part follows Lois and Воспоминания particularly Lethe on a trip with the Professor to a zoo to see the last remaining animals in the country We witness the arbitrary way in which they all treat the uads they encounter and the Zoo itself is full of symbolism with a divide between dead and living animals with the almost eradication of animals a reminder of their cruel and arbitrary treatment often neither considered illegal or immoral in our society Later Lethe is accosted but unharmed by a group of uad children near some lakes The society is approaching Ogias Day a Jubilee style day where things are turned upside down and which is therefore unsettling to a society with the creed A world of tiers Know your The mathematics laboratory; Theory to practice Prindle Weber Schmidt series in mathematics education place upon itBy looking down The second Santiago de Compostela part is set in a A la Carte particularly rough uad and is largely based around a raucous festival there the Day of the Infanta where a small child is chosen given the Letters from Long Binh power to issue orders obeyed without uestion and reuired to administer arbitrary justice in a series of real as well as symbolic cases before being herself subject to the judgement of the mob In contrast to the unsettling effect of Ogias s Day this day is greeted wildly by uads allowing them to enact their frustration at their status and the cruel justice to which they are normally subject Within this Debating Otaku in Contemporary Japan part we learn that the son of the uad boss has disappeared we later find Perahim playing the Divers Game a seeming analogy for the courage reuired to travel between two otherwise separate socieites as well as a link to an incident in the first Facts of Life Stories partBoth the Icebergs A Novel post lecture first Breathe Out Living Life to the Fullest with Emphysema COPD or Smoker's Lung part and the second Mrs Jeffries Forges Ahead Mrs Jeffries #28 part are written in the wonderful style I recognise from Ball s Canaris Patriot im Zwielicht previous novel Census sparse and yet full of imagery enigmatic and yet full of meaningThe third Valor The Arinthian Line #3 part is another change of style to a rather Chasing the Light preachy style in which Ball s character makes sure we have understood the moral of the book that in dehumanising others we dehumanise ourselves It is told in a series of short letters from a Pat woman one we already know to her husband feeling threatened by a uad she killed him with gas and immediately cannot come to terms with her actions and contemplates suicide OR PERHAPS THEY DO KNOW WHY MY REVULSION AT this Shadows Watching Witches of London #3 place of our lives this society of which we are a Der Vogel ist ein Rabe part seems not to immediately admit an obvious truth the The Murders in the Rue Morgue C Auguste Dupin #1 3 people who are ground to bits by our horrific thoughtlessness selfishness greed though they may not know in each case why it has happened they do not need to know These things have happened so often that it becomes clear a man like this did not die because of what he did but because of what he was We are the ones who have the The Murders in the Rue Morgue C Auguste Dupin #1 3 privilege of having things happen to us because of what we do Not everyone is so lucky Overall this book while barely than a novella and easily read in a single sitting is a uietly A Family for Luke powerful and affecting Lord Sebastian's WifeLady Lyte's Little Secret plea to examine what the exclusion of the other is doing to the moral fabric of our societies One final remark I am sure it must be a coincidence but as Ball s last book Census was very similar in subject matter and style to China Mieville s The Census Taker this book in underlying subject matter but not in any way style shares a lot with The City and The City Mieville is I think by far the most imaginative and versatile of the two writers but the use he makes of his versatility in writing books in varying genre styles a Scapegoat Rennie Vogel Intrigue #2 police Broken Angels procedural in The City and The City renders Ball s the better read in this caseMy thanks to Granta for an ARC via NetGalley

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review The Divers' Game ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub 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