Atomised [Michel Houellebecq] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Half-brothers Michel and Bruno have a mother in common but little else. Michel Houellebecq has written a work of great intelligence and maturity that is .. when so many people think “The Elementary Particles” (“Atomised” in the UK) . Half-brothers Michel and Bruno have a mother in common but little else. Michel is a molecular biologist, a thinker and idealist, a man with no erotic life to speak.
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To admirers he is a writer in the tradition of literary provocation that reaches back to the Marquis de Sade and Baudelaire; to detractors he is a peddler, who writes vulgar sleazy literature to shock. We’re no slouches in this regard, but France has a gift for producing nasty writers.
Atomised by Michel Houellebecq
This category includes blow 11suck 10jerk 6fellate 4hand-job 2. That in my opinion is a form of intellectual suicide. Menu Skip to content Home About Languages.
Hate hate hate hate hate. Hamsun’s very brave about showing how degrading this is for him. Houellebecq remains surprisingly provincial. This book as well as the other Houellebecq I read, Platform captures the ble 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, pornographic novel.
Love it but hate “It’s a curious idea to reproduce when you don’t even like life. It might be pushing it to say I liked it, but I did think it was a great little exercise in writing, with plenty of interesting and entertaining ideas scattered throughout; certainly enough to keep me reading. The coyness is annoying. A lot of people view it as a depressing, hate-filled rant, filled with a really startling amount of unpleasant sex. The Epilogue really clarifies so much that precedes it.
A better question is whether even a brilliant book-length satire can sit on a hate-filled attack on the 60s, and not be sunk by the mean-spiritedness. He explores the sexual lives of his characters sometimes in great detail.
There is not too much doubt that Houellebecq is an unpleasant person. Bruno’s upbringing is much more tragic as described: Bruno exemplifies this horrible state of being; thwarted sexual desire has turned his life into a living hell, and Houellebecq is psychologically credible in showing how it progressively destroys him, making him hate everyone and everything.
He is an omega male, always bullied by the older boys who piss in his mouth and rub shit on his clothes. The more we hold to our youth, to a strict sense of individualism, to life itself and the objects we accumulate, the more painful our existence.
Bruno is compelled to live his lecherous life from outward sources of motivation: It has lost its mooring. Bruno faces his budding sexuality with emotionlessness and crassness whereas Michel seems impervious to any female attention, even from the most beautiful girl at school.
He spends his days in a constant agony of unfulfilled desire. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers.
And it’s here that Houellebecq drives his message home with a deep and meaningful account of the passage of change and ultimate pressures of finding a place to exist in modern times.
He has found a way to implement genetically the grand vision of Julian and Aldous Huxley during the s, both of whom believed that biology would make the next great thrust forward in human evolution in the 20th century, even before the discovery of the DNA molecule Watson and Crick, gouellebecq Just as determining the apparatus for an experiment and choosing a method of observation made it possible to assign a specific behavior to an atomic system — now particle, now wave — so could Bruno be seen as an individual or as passively caught up in the sweep of history.
A transitory image in the midst of chaos. Houellevecq wasn’t very convinced by any of this, partly because Houellebecq seems to be unaware that biologists have spent a lot of time wondering about why it is that sexual reproduction is a good idea.
Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys this kind houellfbecq controversial work. An international literary phenomenon, The Elementary Particles is a frighteningly original novel—part Marguerite Duras and part Bret Easton Ellis-that leaps jichel into the malaise of contemporary existence.
Instead they just chucked them out the train window and went home.
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For the concept in particle physics, see Elementary particle. Tellingly, Michel does finally flee France for Ireland, following Houellebecq’s own footstepsbut little of that world is presented. Bruno is praising Brave New World ” Brave New World is our idea michdl heaven”, he convincingly suggestsand Houellebecq clearly wants his book be considered in much the same light. I would like read the book in English and then in French as well learning French at the moment.
Out of all its despair and hatred, I found that I emerged from the reading with an unexpected hope for mankind and its future. A friend gave me The Houellebefq Particles as a present and I somehow find this symbolic — it opposes all the hatred, unhappiness and suffering described in the book.
Houellebefq of this is illustrated with neatly-done set pieces, other parts are more didactic. In the summer ofit was already apparent that all of it would end badly. They get together in a temporarily happy union of sorts. Read this book, it’s not just a porn.