J. G. Ballard’s 1975 High-Rise is a thrilling tale of modern lifestyles.
Recently divorced doctor and lecturer Robert Laing is persuaded by his sister to sell his Chelsea home and move into a very modern tower block. Forty floors tall, the edifice offers the inhabitants of its thousand apartments every amenity a late-20th century British person could want. If humans could build a modern-day urban Eden, it would look like Laing’s new home.
This modern-day Eden goes as well as the mythological Eden.
[Pet lovers may want to stop reading at this point.]