The Wall

The Wall

The best-selling author of The Debt to Pleasure and Capital returns with a chilling fable for our time.

Ravaged by the Change, an island nation in a time very like our own has built the Wall—an enormous concrete barrier around its entire border. Joseph Kavanagh, a new Defender, has one task: to protect his section of the Wall from the Others, the desperate souls who are trapped amid the rising seas outside and attack constantly. Failure will result in death or a fate perhaps worse: being put to sea and made an Other himself. Beset by cold, loneliness, and fear, Kavanagh tries to fulfill his duties to his demanding Captain and Sergeant, even as he grows closer to his fellow Defenders. And then the Others attack. . . .

Acclaimed British novelist John Lanchester, “a writer of rare intelligence” (Los Angeles Times), delivers a taut dystopian novel that blends the most compelling issues of our time—rising waters, rising fear, rising political division—into a suspenseful story of love, trust, and survival.

Title:The Wall
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781324001638
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    The Wall Reviews

  • Marchpane

    Dull, pedestrian dystopiaI’m not really sure who the target readership is for The Wall , John Lanchester’s Booker-longlisted novel about a post climate change future. As a work of genre fiction ...

  • Meike

    Now Nominated for the Booker Prize 2019 The genius of Lanchester's "The Wall" is that this dystopia simply envisions what might happen if we go on like this: The sea levels have risen dramatically due...

  • Peter Boyle

    We're not short on dystopian stories these days. One would think that readers might like to escape the daily news cycle of doom and gloom, but our appetite for apocalyptic thrillers shows no signs of ...

  • Hugh

    Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019My fifth book from this year's Booker longlist, this is the first which I think is lucky to be there. I don't read much dystopian fiction but I have already read tw...

  • Ron Charles

    John Lanchester’s new novel, “The Wall,” sounds like the best-timed book of the year. It arrives smack dab in the heat of a constitutional crisis over President Trump’s determination to build ...

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)

    This is a dystopian novel about climate change, nationalism, and immigration, as much as it is about human nature and basic survival. The book started out slowly with the narrator basically giving a l...

  • Gumble's Yard

    I read this book due to its long listing for the 2019 Booker Prize, although I have in fact read all four of the author’ should previous novels and his most famous work of non-fiction. I loved his W...

  • Trudie

    * 3.5 *This reading experience ended up being ok despite all indicators to the contrary. Look, I don't think this is a literary-prize winning effort, but I enjoyed it. As a dystopia it takes a fairly ...

  • Jonathan Pool

    June 16, 2015: ... Donald Trump announces his campaign for the presidency and first mentions his idea to build a southern border wall.“I will build a great wall ― and nobody builds walls better th...

  • Ova - Excuse My Reading

    A brave new world for millennials, this is.Full review soon...