Millennium People

Millennium People Violent rebellion comes to London s middle classes in this fascinating San Francisco Chronicle novel from the same author of Crash and Empire of the Sun Never timely Millennium People seeks to illumi

  • Title: Millennium People
  • Author: J.G. Ballard
  • ISBN: 9780871404053
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Paperback
  • Millennium People

    Violent rebellion comes to London s middle classes in this fascinating San Francisco Chronicle novel from the same author of Crash and Empire of the Sun Never timely, Millennium People seeks to illuminate our hearts of darkness while undermining our assumptions about what literature is meant to do Los Angeles Times.

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    1. J.

      Pressure DropWeirdish, drifty tour of turn-of-century London, a future-now drama where everything is wound a little too tightly for words. Which is fine, as we are subject here to nothing less than harrowing, relentless, millennial dread, and at epidemic levels. War Ina Babylon Ballard wants to do --surprise-- a world out of balance, that creaks and shrieks and runs off the tracks wherever it possibly can. On the one hand a millennial, 9-11-adjacent dystopia, and on the other an older author's d [...]

    2. Jenny (Reading Envy)

      First published in the UK in 2003, Millennium People was not even released in the USA until 2011. I thought I'd complained about publisher antics before! I'm not sure if they thought a story set in England wasn't universal enough, but the book would have been a disturbingly prophetic read in 2003. Ballard discusses what happens when people reach a place of complacency, and the danger of the middle class. One of the major characters tries to prove that it is only random violence that helps us und [...]

    3. F.R.

      I read a comment piece this week about how the London-centric nature of the British media distorts the national argument. It put forward the theory that those working for newspapers, TV and radio don’t really appreciate that the views of their friends and neighbours in Islington or Hampstead are not necessarily shared by the wider populous. That piece (by whom, and where I read it, are details I’m afraid I cannot remember) stayed vivid in my mind as I read this novel about residents of well- [...]

    4. Ken

      THE MILLENNIUM PEOPLE is a wry take on Karl Marx's revolutionary theory. Marx felt that the end of the political status quo would occur when the workers on the bottom of the economic pyramid called it quits, and turned to violence, however Ballard sees the impetus for revolt coming from the more well-off middle class. Ballard envisions radical social change as a kind of, "Upholstered Apocalypse". David Markham's ex-wife is killed by a terrorist bomb at Heathrow Airport, and this seems to be conn [...]

    5. Alessandro Pontorno

      Il ricordo che serbavo di Ballard dalle mie letture giovanili era quello di uno scrittore capace di estremizzare il lato oscuro dell'essere umano, trasformando in violenza, horror, fantasia o ucronia quelle pulsioni animali che normalmente vengono tenute a bada dalla morale, dalla legge, dal buon senso.Ballard è, culinariamente parlando, un piatto gustoso, ma un po' difficile da digerire a lungo andare.Dopo alcuni anni mi è tornata voglia di assaggiarne ancora, ma -a differenza dei libri che p [...]

    6. Alexander

      Ballard transplants Dostoyevsky's Possessed, Conrad's Secret Agent, and DeLillo's Mao II into the gated-residential purgatories of riverside London in 2003's Millennium People, one of his most polished and disquieting satires.Upfront Disclaimer: If you're put off by mordantly hyperbolic similes or characters who pontificate like Kevin Spacey in Se7en, you'll probably want to skip this one (and everything else by JGB). Dust on a coffeetable is described as "a nimbus that seemed like an ectoplasmi [...]

    7. Marc

      In many ways, I saw this as almost a companion piece to DeLillo's White Noise--both take on the kind of ennui of the middle class, a search for meaning, albeit in very different ways. But since I just read White Noise, the comparison stood out. Both were funny, although Ballard's work always seems a bit darker with less satire more of an alternate reality feel with the microscope on British society. The plot felt a little forced, like it was more of a vehicle for so many wonderful observations a [...]

    8. Robert McCaffrey

      This is a satirical novel of dull prose and scant humor, and Ballard's characters merely embody his vague (though interesting) ideas about the newly affluent and over-mortgaged professional class. Their rebellious antics are repetitious and never believably motivated, perhaps because the characters have no depth, even if they are easily recognizable as types. Ballard's penultimate novel and very likely my last.

    9. Lori

      from audiogo for reviewListened 12/22/11 - 1/9/123 Stars - Recommended to readers familiar with genre8 CD's (approx 9 hours)Audiobook Publisher: AudioGoThe middle class residents of Chelsea Marina are rebelling. Tired of being squeezed, they are influenced by neighbor Richard Gould to make a stand - by refusing to pay their mortgage and heating bills, smoke bombing random pedestrian businesses, and setting fire to their homes as the police come to evict them. Meanwhile, David Markham - this stor [...]

    10. Steve Petherbridge

      Can the middle classes revolt like the Marxist proletariat against what they perceive as oppressive living conditions? JG Ballard puts forward this supposition in Millennium People. It resonated with me, as in Ireland, the middle classes have been imposed with the task of rescuing the failed Celtic Tiger Economy, brought about by a combination of mismanagement, failed oversight and some corruption by the ruling cabal of politicians, property speculators, rich businessmen, civil servants and othe [...]

    11. Joseph

      I liked the premise, and I was surprised by how timely a read this was. Maybe this is just late making its way to America, but the notion of people who are basically doing alright, but still enraged and lashing out in all the wrong directions feels like the premise of a novel someone should be writing right now rather than fifteen years ago. To be perfectly frank, humanity is in a golden age. Yes, there is injustice and inequality, but it's not as though we don't have the power and resources to [...]

    12. Jim

      I've read the previous two novels Ballard wrote before this one, Cocaine Nights and Super-Cannes, and this continued to explore the themes of middle class rebellion against a society they have unwittingly created. The story is about a violent uprising championed by a small group of disillusioned professionals including a doctor and parish minister. You can almost imagine it happening. The things the middle class aspire to - good housing, schooling, law enforcement, job security - have become bey [...]

    13. Carol

      So far I can say that this is the dirty story of a twisted and cynical middle class rebellion. I read this first quarter on the plane including on an internal flight in PNG. Prob best to avoid this. The man sitting next to me read it over my shoulder and excitedly pointed out the words porn and fucking in the text. I acted like it was no biggie and gave him the book for the rest of the flight mumbling something pathetic like "yes it's a bit rude but it's actually about social movements!"

    14. James

      J.G. Ballard always brings out the maiden aunt in me as I cannot help but feel that he is a deeply disgusting man, in fact a completely grubby pervert. Despite my personal dislike for his characters and worldview I cannot help but admire the way his books highlight developments in their embryonic stage and his talent as a writer. In this book he describes the new working poor as they lose their bearings in a world that is moving past them at a rapid clip and exploits them thoroughly.

    15. Jon Stutfield

      The middle class are the new proletariat. Sounds ludicrous, but this book describes a life very familiar to my London suburban upbringing, and I began to believe Ballard was on to something.I've already started to plan my first picket outside of the Didsbury branch of M&S Food.

    16. Michelle Tackabery

      I found this book, my very first Ballard, a superb introduction to his writing and a first-rate read. The story and its narrator are strangely compelling despite his desperate search for belonging set against the biting sarcasm that has set in to him as a consequence of being a trophy husband and member of the upper middle class. The narrator, David Markham, is a passive industrial environment research psychologist who explains to large businesses how their employees are feeling, why they act in [...]

    17. Alice Florence

      2.5/3 stars. The middle classes are fed up of working hard just to pay the bills so they decide to rebel. They start to carry out random acts of pointless terrorism and the guy in the story gets caught up with them, partly because he wants to know who set the bomb that blew up his wife, partly as an insider (but not really) and partly because he just seems to go along with it.It's interesting. It was written a few years back, after Sept 11, and it's sort of about a turning point in society. Peop [...]

    18. John Benson

      This is a novel written not long after 9/11 but not released in the US till 2011 and begins with a bombing at Heathrow Airport. The narrator's ex-wife is killed in the bomb blast and he investigates. Eventually, he ends up investigating a group of comfortable middle class residents of Chelsea Marina, who have begun protesting some of the things happening in their estate and are getting more and more violent. David Markham gets sucked into this movement but also can not fully understand why they [...]

    19. David Wardrop

      Yikes! I am going to London in July I hope none of the things that happen in this novel at any rate I will be staying away from Chelsea Marina and Tate Modern. What exactly is this novel about? Class? Maybe. Violence? It might be. London? Possibly.

    20. Matthew

      This was an unsatisfying read. I was hoping for something along the lines of this other novel The Tower, but instead a story which started great just seemed to peter out like the author got bored with the story and lost his train of thought then finally gave up.

    21. Daryth

      I really like J.G. Ballard and I really can connect with his books. He is probably one of the most important writers I have came across.

    22. Bob Reutenauer

      Ballard writes of middle-class revolutionary movement sweeping Britain. Well done. A fun read pretty straight forward rejection of mass consumerist alienating conformist modernity but without much politics. Makes it very fun and reckless. No one really knows what is going on. The French Revolution anyone? Big middle-class revolution. I thought of this a few times, not sure. I am sure that the writing is very inviting. Have a look at two passages."I watched you in court this morning. The magistra [...]

    23. Matt Getty

      The set up grabbed me from the start. The idea of a middle class revolting against itself for unknown reasons is at once absurd and dead on for our times. One thing I truly love about Ballard is his understated dead-pan humor. Take, for instance, when the protest at the cat demonstration turns violent. The final image he leaves us with is the overwhelming smell of cat urine. There's a wonderful absurdity to that moment.My one critique is that at times the novel felt a bit inflated. That is, ther [...]

    24. Kate Walker

      Protest is one of the central themes of the book, and it is presented in an exaggerated, absurdist manner. An animal rights protest at a cat show results in a convention center's worth of terrorized animals pissing in unison. The scene crystallizes (at least for me) the questionable utility of direct action protest. (Not at all sure this was the author's intent, but this is what I took from it as it confirms my own feelings about the misplaced anger, insufferable self-righteousness, and outright [...]

    25. Chris Meigh

      ‘The next revolution will be about parking’ – stark words that resonate throughout Millennium People showing a revolution amongst the middle class, who have become the new proletariat.After a bomb goes off at Heathrow Airport, David Markham is perplexed by the seemingly random act that has killed his ex-wife. Before long, he descends into the world of Chelsea Marina where the middle classes have started to rebel by committing small acts of violence. Before long, these acts become highly vi [...]

    26. Quinten

      By the end of this book, I started to enjoy it again. For a novel about a terrorist campaign, with a bombing or random act of violence every other chapter, it feels very slowly paced.Millenium People is a slightly wry examination of the activist culture. What would happen if the middle class rebelled? We would get the early 2000s and late 1990s, and according to Ballard, particularly in London, to wear a cause and attend a demonstration is a cultural artifact. There is a rebellion in Chelsea Mar [...]

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