Houellebecq’s controversial novel, which caused an uproar in France last year, finally reaches our shores. Whether it will make similar waves here remains to be . An international literary phenomenon, The Elementary Particles is a frighteningly original novel–part Marguerite Duras and part Bret Easton Ellis-that. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of The Elementary Particles / Atomised by Michel Houellebecq.

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Review: Atomised, by Michel Houellebecq | Books | The Guardian

Very mature indeed, something he admits to himself. Thirdly — okay, yes, the book is misogynistic, maybe kind of racist, certainly anti-religion — but at least Houellebecq is fair. I lack the academic background. The basic thesis is elemejtary humans are risible and worthy of our hatred, and that interpersonal relationships are a despicable delusion.

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Aside from the senseless suffering they caused, revolutions and wars destroyed the best of the partickes, forcing societies to rebuild from scratch. Love is an ideal that still, vaguely exists, but is shown to be practically an impossibility in this society.

However he misses Annabelle but does not manage to get her on the phone. View all 37 comments. Daringly original and yes, ludicrously filthy! He sublimates his personal needs into a higher goal, his research. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

All that aside I certainly never want to look at everything from such an intellectual perspective that all the juice is sucked out of my life. Perhaps it was SF-esque and French? Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. To say that I am e,ementary impressed by this book’s perspicacity is an understatement.


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He’s not getting any sex, and that’s all HE can think about. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. So, there you go: Thanks for the recommendation. Yep, really hate them, we don’t say why we just do. In AprilHouellebecq’s estranged mother, Lucie Ceccaldi, returned to France to publish The Innocent Onea rebuttal of his alleged mis-characterization of her parenting as contained in the novel.

That book is pure pornography, it’s repugnant, it’s A lot of this book consists of a tirade of hatred against the author’s dear mama. You can look at life ironically for years, maybe decades; bouellebecq are people who seem to particlse through most of their lives seeing the funny side, but in the end, life always breaks your heart.

Bruno also meets an appropriate mate in Christiane, though there is still quite some emptiness there as they look for fulfillment by joining other couples in group sex and the like.

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Read this book, it’s not just a porn. Conventions and social rules build layers around it, that all. But that iota of awareness plunges us into greater depression when it is lost. In another age the sound meant waiting for the kingdom of God; it is now an anticipation of death. I’m not saying that that’s necessarily incorrect. I was prodded into thinking this by a remark by Julian Barnes on the back cover: Hate them a lot. Houellebecq briefly presents a utopian or dystopian vision — what the future might hold.

Some of it is easy to recognize, even when unpleasant, but there are other issues which require us to hang our heads at the plausibility that this is even human behavior. Here’s another example of how the graphic descriptions of sex are not as gratuitous as they first appear. For the most part, I think it did do a pretty good job, though I’m not sure I agree with its arguments and conclusions. What conferred dignity on people was television. Moments of beauty and insight do exist, but they are rare and fleeting, and as a result, sad.

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I think that is really why I like reading Houellebecq’s books because he reminds me actually of how much I like my life, and even though I can make improvements mostly with more informed decisions; I don’t want to spend the bulk of my life over examining my life to the point that I quit living my life.

Yes, Houellebecq’s a stupid little bastard, whether he’s my son or not. Houellebecq does make me uncomfortable at times, but I believe good literature is supposed to make us flinch. The part of the novel I found least engaging was the thread that followed Michel, Bruno’s half-brother.

Atomised – Michel Houellebecq

I was holding a solid four star rating of this in my head until the final leg of the journey, around Section Three and the Epilogue. Lots of the bashing is valid, but much else is not, and he undermines his valid points when he makes statements such as this that are so completely and obviously inaccurate.

A friend gave me The Elementary Particles as a present and I somehow find this symbolic — it opposes all the hatred, unhappiness and suffering described partjcles the book.

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