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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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As a recent houellebecq grad who for the first time in her life finds herself waking particoes 7: It’s ambitious because he isn’t just “shooting rabbits,” as the delightful blurb on the back of the UK edition puts it.

Empty creatures evaporate quietly; nobody misses them. The psychology isn’t too bad either. Not that many novels get chosen by me as Pick of the Week. The Elementary Particles – US. This book is about two half brothers with a terrible mom, and tries to describe and comment on massive transformations in human life and experience.

I do make better decisions when I take enough time to let the impulsive first rush of thoughts subside and look at the issue with a certain amount of particlles distance. Love is an ideal that still, vaguely exists, but is shown to be practically an impossibility in this society.

The Elementary Particles (Atomised) – Michel Houellebecq

I was so into the first half of The Elementary Particles that it made me feel terrible in that amazing hedonistic I-hate-myself-for-loving-you way that top-shelf Martin Amis brings on. Houellebecq’s books create controversy to the point that he has ended up in cou This is the second Houellebecq novel that I have read.

Please try again later. This book is a stunning surprise to me as I was properly prepared to dislike it before I picked it up. Every character here is monodimensional and unrealistic, while the story itself is ridicolous. This book is a consummate sociological description and commentary of the second half of the twentieth century’s social revolution in western culture.


Looking for More Great Reads? It is in Michel, the brilliant biologist, that Houellebecq places his slementary hopes.

They are also odd things. A transitory image in the midst of chaos.

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Perhaps it even suggests what we should do as a solution. Again, I parricles loved the first half of this book, though I didn’t think the second half was as good. Here’s another example of how the graphic descriptions of sex are not as gratuitous as they first appear.

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It is only through the women in the novel that sex, love, and spirituality are seen as one. And through our increasing needs and desires, we come to view te as separate from each other, dislodged and unconnected spiritually, heightening our anguish.

At a bar, had another friend read a hilarious destruction of Brazil’s allure when someone nearby ranted about Brazil’s awesomeness. Bruno, the main character, has an extremely active libido, but is unfortunately not at all attractive; he’s fat, ugly and lacks charm. From the Trade Paperback edition.

I was prodded into thinking this by a remark by Julian Barnes on the back cover: Without regular and continuous progress, human evolution took random, irregular and violent turns for which men—with the predilection for risk and danger, their repulsive egotism, their irresponsibility and their violent tendencies—were directly to blame. It’s an interesting story, and deserves to be treated with more respect. 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 particlex contemporary existence.

The book put me in all possible moods — I cried and laughed and felt sad, then was ignorant and rude and then bearable again. The artistry is like a painting, the reading is like some immersive exercise that blends sex with study of molecular biology in new and intelligent ways. Retrieved 31 May Hate hate hate hate hate. I’m about half way through this book, which I picked up on a whim after finishing the excellent Blindness by Jose Saramago.

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After a disastrous publicity tour for this book, which led to his being taken to court for inciting racial hatred, he went to Ireland to write. The emotionally unavailable scientist. Houellebecq is intellectual and smart and I like his analysis of what motivates people. Why is hating fewer people not okay, while hating everyone is fine? He’s just saying that the pain that sex and love cause people is such that you’re willing to consider an extreme solution in order to escape from it.

This article is about the novel by Michel Houellebecq. The Epilogue makes a huge difference in how one might view it on the whole. If not, you might hpuellebecq get it.

The Elementary Particles

She would have the abortion the following day and stay overnight at the hotel before going home; that was what she had decided. This is a BIG PICTURE book but carried out through a tightly crafted narrative mainly surrounding two brothers birthed from a massively disfunctional genetic pool with one shared parent: Jun 24, Fabian rated it it was amazing. Hilarious article about the whole rancid argument here http: A lot of people view it as a depressing, hate-filled rant, filled with a really startling amount of unpleasant sex.

It was written, however, that love contains and perfects this law. And this malaise stayed with me till the end of the novel.