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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 "allowing them to enact their frustration at their status and the cruel justice to which they are normally Within this part we learn that the son of the uad boss has disappeared we

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find playing 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 now to her husband feeling threatened by a uad she Intermix Nation 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 notnow in each case why it has happened they do not need to De-cluttering Your Closet 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 Thought provoking and in your face Jesse Ball is everything Whatind of suicide is it to De Brandende Brug (De Grijze Jager, kill in the world what you find in yourself 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 canill 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 Br. 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 ill the uads as they like and do The ,
The Divers' GameIs clearly a deliberate choice by Ball to create space between the sections and allow us draw our own conclusions Still I felt dissatisfied There were stories to be told and I wanted to read them I would have loved to see interaction between the various characters we meetI ll end the review with a uote from the book that captures some of the clever ways in which Ball talks about his extreme dystopia while putting a difficult probe on our own and others After two young citizens encounter a man from the uads one of them justifies the present social arrangement as if it was in the interest of the refugees and outcasts In the uads she says it s safer for them because no one can gas them Except for the guards Out here anything that happens to them is fine They have to be on their toes all the time You now that The narrator representing society goes onThe girls behaviour does it seem cruel You have to understand it isn t cruel so much as natural What is natural must be respected must be wallowed in Isn t it soWhy should they bother to care about someone so inferior It makes perfect sense that service of every Bonds of Need (Wicked Play, kind should be given by those who can provide it Those who are ridiculous bear ridicule Those who are beneath notice are not noticed and those who are elect are raised upAs much as we like to think there can be fairness it is really a foolish idea one we ought to have done away with long ago Instead of fairness there is just order and its conseuences 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 aid can provide far away from any cheap Scoring Points 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 twoids 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 Life Is Unfair (Malcolm in the Middle, 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 painfullyill them with gas the people in the city are carrying gas and gas masks at all times Together with their alcoholic teacher the ids 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 ids 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
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felt what 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 ids 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 "one direction thus being relevant to 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 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 a future society in which refugees are explicitly treated as non human and the insidious but plausible ways that approach poisons our very humanity It s powerful conceptually but I missed the heart of Ball s earlier books the characters felt like pawns he was moving around to make his points than real complex people It s a uick and at times horrifying read it s probably worth your time but it fell a tiny bit short of my high expectations 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 societyImagine a society with a refugee crisis Then imagine a society that responds to that refugee crisis not rejectin 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 has passed out of living memory where zoos are like museums of extinction and citizens arm themselves with canisters of brightly coloured gas to be deployed with lethal force against the immigrant classes at the slightest affront The novel comprises four short set pieces somewhere between short story and novella length each with a different set of characters Linked through their shared invented world as well as in smaller subtler ways these pieces have a fever dream strangeness and a brooding tension Ball has written a striking parable of xenophobia our capacity for violence the human instinct to form in groups and others whether it be on a grand scale or a minute one and what happens when that instinct goes unchecked With economy of style and clarity of purpose The Divers Game is a thoughtful gem. 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. Exit 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 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 able to get engrossed in the world Ball created uickly And even though it isn t my perfect fit as a plot person I really enjoyed the look into the dark world he s createdThere are a lot of ways to mess up a dystopian novel but it turns out Ball s style is well suited to it He avoids a lot of the problems and pitfalls of creating a society that never seems real There are images from this story that will not leave my brain any time soon Ball jumps around in this book moving to different parts of the world leaving stories unfinished giving you of a feeling than a strict structure and it works well The basic elements of this world are introduced in some detail though other pieces are mysterious even to the people living in it We spend much of the book following young characters who do not fully comprehend the world they live in who can be callous about its horrors because it is all they have nown The naivete and openness of children and young people makes THE DIVERS GAME all the gut punching when it delivers its hits which are plentifulWhile plot people like me may find this book unsatisfying because it doesn t give you those typical beats I still recommend it for its dark vision It s good to break out of your comfort zone sometimes and this is a worthwhile venture out into the unusual 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 Witch, Cat, and Cobb kind of longnit 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 now 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 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 nock them out or ill them The citizens all carry gas masks and colour coded canisters They are trained from an early age to don the mask and attack with speed While refugees are considered non human most actual non human animals in this world are extinctReading The Divers Game is a truly uniue experience The most similar thing I can think of is Nicola Barker s excellent HAPPY At times the novel feels like a network of symbols and open ended metaphors than a narrative The prose skips along with the frenetic and ever shifting energy of children playing and for the "MOST PART IT STICKS CLOSELY TO THE PERSPECTIVES OF "part it sticks closely to the perspectives of Across four sections we follow two children from mainstream society a young girl who has been made the primary performer in a wild festival in one of the worst reputed uads a boy who is being chastised by adults after his friend the son of a uad ingpin boy who is being chastised by adults after his friend the son of a uad ingpin missing and a grown woman who well I will leave that for you to discoverBy introducing us to this dystopia through the eyes of children Ball reflects how our own societies accustom us to their own ineualities and cruelties and how we become active participants from a young age I think one of the uestions he wants to ask in this book is To what extent can one ever excuse cruelty with innocence There are countless examples in The Divers Game of the line between innocence and cruelty ignorance and malice being blurred both among the citizens and outsiders One example comes in the first part of a section entitled The Day of the Infanta A young girl Lessen becomes the Infanta the central figure of the section s namesake festival She is put in a dress of apple red brocade and larger than any dress she had worn She is given an army of chimney sweeps men with brooms And she is repeatedly reminded that you have to be careful what you say because everyone will obey you Just like that she is given enormous power over everyone in the uad She immediately begins to fantasise I can make them do anything What should I make them do She thought about her sister who was often very mean to her The day before when she had been chosen Infanta her sister had hit her as hard as she could right in front of the visitors If Lessen told her chimney sweets to pull off her sister s legs what would happen She imagined her sister screaming and trying to run away and being caught and lifted up She could also have the chimney sweeps find her father s shift boss And Tear Off His tear off his Now that might be a thing to do He was always eeping her father late and not letting him go home Maybe he would be a better shift boss without legsMuch of the cruelty of the young citizens appears to come from their indoctrination into principles a cruel society As for Lessen in the uads her cruelty is merely a mirror of the cruelties and injustices she sees around her We see her undergo a transformation that she can observe but can t understand We get hints later on of how her power develops and its conseuence for the uad but we don t get a full image which brings me to what is in my opinion one of the The Divers Game s main flaws The four main sections are thematically linked and we do see characters return Ball does a brilliant job of allowing us to slowly stitch together a vision of this strange society understanding its laws divisions and jargon and there are enough anecdotes observations parables and ideas for his story to have a moral impact to allow us to make comparisons to our own societies past present and potential He leaves a lot to the imagination with respect to the world itself which we have to put together piecemeal and that is one of things that makes the experience so richAt the same time it feels almost as though we are forced to leave each section on cliffhangers that we would rather like to see resolved It. 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

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