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High Society - Ben Elton
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High Society - Ben Elton
Date: 23/02/04, updated on 23/02/04 (157 review reads)
Advantages: makes you think
Disadvantages: hard to put down!
I read the back and it sucked me in there and then...
"High society is a story about Britain today, a criminal nation in which everybody is either breaking the law or knows people who do..."
"The war on drugs has been lost. The simple fact is the whole world has become one criminal network."
Two statements with which I readily agree with, though if you disagree or maybe just can't understand why an ever-growing mass of people are all for the legalisation of drugs, this novel will explain just what it's is all about in an easy-to read (..but hard to put down!) interesting way.
The book tackles the subject of drug use throughout todays society using characters views from each end of the spectrum. It presents the reader with a realistic view of a world fighting a losing battle against growing drug use and the danger of the drug culture present across society.
-And seeing as how it was only £3.73 ( bargin! ) i gave it a go..
The story is centred around 5 different characters whose lives are in all different ways heavily influenced by drugs.
Peter Paget the backbench MP
A backbench politition with a small voice in the political world, this middle-class respectable man is in total favour of legalisation of all drugs.
He sees that the ongoing war against drugs cannot be won, and believes that the only way forward is to minimize the harm they cause.
He believes the only way forward is to remove the criminal element and take control of the distribution away from the violent and dangerous dealers.
When he is unexpectedly given the chance to present a Private Member's Bill, he is perepared to speak out and make people face the issue despite the conterversy and the the suicidal risk to his carreer. But he isn't prepared for the response , or the press going through his p
Commander Barry Leman
A policeman also in favour of legalisation. While investigating corruption within the police drug squad he witnesses officers on the front line facing a impossible task and succumbing to corruption.
Tommy Hanson 'Pop idol'
Our first encounter finds him at an 'AA' recovery meeting.
The winner of a 'Pop Idol' type programme he bacame a star lost touch with the reality of 'normal' day-to-day life and consequently -his life is a mess.
He takes drugs frequently and it has become an normal accepted part of his mad everyday 'pop star' existance.
Sonia the Brummie
She runs into a shady guy while out clubbing and accepts a thousand pounds to act as a ?drug mule?. She yearns for some excitement and with the offer of a 'free holiday' abroad in the sun and £1000 makes it seem a worthwhile proposition.
Glasgow Jessie is 17 years old and has become a heroin/crack-addicted prostitute (the main ' victim' of the story)
She was sexually abused at home, and ran away to London. She soon found herself in the ?care? of a pimp who gives her heroin and crack untill she is hooked and sends her out to whore for money to feed her addiction.
These are the main charaters though there are a couple of others..like ten year old Billy who fnds his big sisters stash of 'E' ...Jason and Natalie Heroin addicts parents to baby Ricky.
All these people are linked together by one factor...drugs.
Throughout the book these people are brought together as their lives and stories mix .
Made me think about that' 6-degrees of separation' theory about how theres only about 6 people between you and everyone else..you know like your friends-friends-friends..etc how when people meet it can start off a sort of chain-reaction affecting different peoples lives.
The story gives you a structured collection of different per
spectives tackling the debate on drugs, and I think the style in which it's written will appeal to a wide and varied audience. Ben Elton has taken a much debated and ignored issue and managed to make some sense of it all, making the reader think and possibly re-evaluate thier own opinions.Once i'd started reading it was very hard to stop and it didnt take me long to reach the end, and i wasn't dissapointed though it does fall a bit into the 'happily ever after' catagory. Its definately worth a read.
What can i say? its a good read and will make you think about this big issue that seems to be taking over, I enjoyed my first 'Ben Elton experience' very much !.