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. You’re not meant to like Atomised, by Michel Houellebecq, warns Nicholas Lezard.
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Terrified of the idea of space, human beings curl up; they feel cold, they feel afraid. It is in Michel, the brilliant biologist, that Houellebecq places his greater hopes.
His hatred with modern society is pretty blindly applied. Bruno and Michel are half-brothers abandoned by their mother, an unabashed devotee of the So if any readers who take my opinions as any sort of guide end up having trouble with it along the way, I implore them to press on.
The novel shows a consistent disgust for human bodies and sexuality which I thought rather juvenile. By the time she returned to her hotel, Annabelle was distraught. Though I’m also warning you that it could significantly advance the date of your demise.
The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq
Unable to recognize our own divinity and perfection an idea explored through notions of metaphysicsHouellebecq also states that man, as a species, is not equipped to cope with death. Views Read Edit View history. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. Jun 24, Fabian rated it it was amazing.
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Now he had to admit that he had been wrong. The humor is subtle, and when I first read this book in the original FrenchI missed a lot of the humor.
The vivid, almost pornographic, sexual descriptions were a frequent target of criticism, and Houellebecq himself attracted both scorn and praise for his erratic proclamations and behaviour in television interviews and the like. View all 4 comments.
Still, it works quite well, and he almost pulls it off. Hilarious article about the whole rancid argument here http: He goes to a hippy holiday commune, the Lieu du Changement, and the vacuity of all New Age bullshit is brilliantly attacked. Meanwhile, Michel continues to live what is basically “a purely intellectual existence”, without love and without even much friendship.
His characters parricles unhappy and disfunctional.
The Elementary Particles
View all 3 comments. What on earth were men for, Michel wondered as he watched sunlight play across the curtains.
There are many topics which are integral to the argument of this book. Nov 10, Scott rated it it was amazing Shelves: So, there you go: I would like read the book in English and then in French as houellebrcq learning French at the moment. First of all, I like Houellebecq’s unrelenting pessimism. An international literary phenomenon, The Elementary Particles is a frighteningly original novel—part Marguerite Duras and part Bret Easton Ellis-that leaps headlong into the malaise of contemporary existence.
What an incredible book. There are some moments of wit, but in general the prose style is merely functional. As a recent college grad who for the first time in her life finds herself waking at 7: I almost always finish books, but this is just a chore. One of those laugh-if-you-don’t-want-to-cry things. Where Hoellebecq turns to science, Bruno is a would-be houe,lebecq and writer achieving very limited success.
It is a brave and disorienting jump — and it is also a too-easy out in a philosophical fiction of this sort. Rhe Title Page Prologue. A sourpuss Houellebecq might be, but he is a damn talented sourpuss, and I rate this novel as one of the greatest of elemenary late 20th Century, a book that I think will hold its own as a great work of its time and be read in future decades, much as we still read The Outsideror The Catcher in the Rye.
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. Much of the novel shows how horrible and empty modern life is.
To view it, click here. Juxtaposition of many sagging labias and licked cocks which sadly might turn idiots off with mucho genetics-related philosophizing which sadly might turn idiots off. But that iota of awareness plunges us into greater depression when it is lost.