The Divers' Game by Jesse Ball audiobook

The Divers' Game: A Novel

By Jesse Ball
Read by Sophie Amoss , Cassandra Campbell , and Devon Hales

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780062676108
4.18 Hours Unabridged
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From the inimitable mind of award-winning author Jesse Ball, a novel about an unsettlingly familiar society that has renounced the concept of equality—and the devastating consequences of unmitigated power. The old-fashioned struggle for fairness has finally been abandoned. It was a misguided endeavor. The world is divided into two groups, pats and quads. The pats may kill the quads as they like, and do. The quads have no recourse but to continue with their lives. The Divers’ Game is a thinly veiled description of our society, an extreme case that demonstrates a truth: we must change or our world will collapse. What is the effect of constant fear on a life, or on a culture? The Divers’ Game explores the consequences of violence through two festivals, and through the dramatic and excruciating examination of a woman’s final moments. Brilliantly 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.

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Summary

Summary

From the inimitable mind of award-winning author Jesse Ball, a novel about an unsettlingly familiar society that has renounced the concept of equality—and the devastating consequences of unmitigated power.

The old-fashioned struggle for fairness has finally been abandoned. It was a misguided endeavor. The world is divided into two groups, pats and quads. The pats may kill the quads as they like, and do. The quads have no recourse but to continue with their lives.

The Divers’ Game is a thinly veiled description of our society, an extreme case that demonstrates a truth: we must change or our world will collapse.

What is the effect of constant fear on a life, or on a culture? The Divers’ Game explores the consequences of violence through two festivals, and through the dramatic and excruciating examination of a woman’s final moments.

Brilliantly 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“In his atmospheric, occasionally mesmerizing tale of haves and have-nots…the novel’s depiction of life in this dystopian world is eerie and suffused with symbolic weight.” Publishers Weekly
“Radical…If they don’t teach Ball’s work in college by now, they should…Readers who appreciate Ball’s keen, melancholic, and often sadly satirical view of human society will likely appreciate this timely assessment of where division might take us and how it affects the generations that come after us.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Jesse Ball

Author Bio: Jesse Ball

Jesse Ball is the author of several novels, including A Cure for Suicide, which was long-listed for the 2015 National Book Award. He won the 2008 Paris Review’s Plimpton Prize, and his verse has been included in the Best American Poetry series. He was a finalist for the 2015 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award and a 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. In 2017 he was named one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists. He is on the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Fantasy
Runtime: 4.18
Audience: Adult
Language: English