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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And though he does introduce a sort of twisted and intelligent hope by the end, it is not reassuring. Aug 21, Greg rated it really liked it Shelves: If only there were more people like me in the world, a race of me’s!!
One summary of an experiment leads him to state that “random mutation seemed more efficient than houellebeecq selection”.
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Okay, I decided I would take a go at actually justifying my rating for this book, rather than just make half-hearted apologies at my preference for a so-absurdly misogynistic and, let’s be frank, elementaru novel.
At best, they move in space and greet one another sadly. View all 11 comments. Hate them a lot. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.
The Elementary Particles (Atomised) – Michel Houellebecq
Elwmentary is, nevertheless, a remarkably keen and bitter excoriation of how western civilization managed to turn itself on its ear and embrace its own self-destruction. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Selected pages Table of Contents.
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I think it’s weak: Michel’s half-brother, Bruno, is a more problematic individual; where Michel has virtually no sex drive at all, Bruno is obsessed, with the unfortunate twist elementwry for long periods of his life, he doesn’t get enough. He explores the sexual lives of his characters sometimes in great detail. They are intended to give the book scope, make it more like Hugo, Buddenbrooks, or “Giant” than an ordinary family story.
Love is an ideal that still, vaguely exists, but is shown to be practically an impossibility in this society.
In fact, while I was reading this book, my daughter asked me what the book was about and I went uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. That is this novel, and author Michel Houellebecq is a dishevelled version partciles that Frenchman. Further, Houellebecq gives an heuristic account of where Western civilization goes in the fictional future.
From the Trade Paperback edition. Account Options Sign in. Houelldbecq when I talk about why I like novels it usually has to do with the great characters that I identified with or the amazing plot or the entertaining action. Our bodies, driven by animalistic desires that translate into religious or spiritual disgrace, only cause suffering.
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The Elementary Particles
Not many novels can do that. Houellebecq’s books create controversy to the point that he has ended up in elemenatry This is the second Houellebecq novel that I have read. In another age the sound meant waiting for the kingdom of God; it is now an anticipation of death. There are some moments of wit, but in general the prose style is merely functional.
Masterbation fodder, or else just more fucking people. If you want genuine existential disorientation, read Sartre.
Houellebecq’s conclusions are based on some interesting science, but they are not ideally presented. And yet this space is within them, it is nothing but their mental creation. Mailer, Amis, and many others have tried the same strategy. He becomes a biophysicist, and eventually finds a way to create an immortal race of asexual beings, which duly replace humanity. The brilliant Partiles loses himself in his work, and has almost no personal life. The author was eventually awarded the Prix Novembre in recognition of the novel.
The heavens are cold and empty, traversed by the faint light of half-dead stars.