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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The Elementary Particles

I make reference to him with a smile–a vibrant optimism afforded only by the likes of wizards like Houellebecq! Good, evil, morality, fine sentiments? Retrieved 9 January Unfortunately, Houellebecq has loaded up with scientific buzzwords, but doesn’t seem to have any deep understanding, and I found the quantum mechanics much more irritating than the pornography. I am your devoted FAN I drag my gory knees on the ground, en route to the basilica of French Modern Literature– a palace of gleaming rubies that reaches toward the bright summer sky!!!

The Elementary Particles – Michel Houellebecq – Google Books

The longueur of French academic life. Erotica it ain’t, and often it is downright off-putting. Sample quote “If it hadn’t been my son, I wouldn’t read that kind of crap, I would put it down straight away, because if there’s one thing I detest in the world it’s pornography.

As if readers hadn’t gotten the message yet that sex is generally not a good thing in modern society Houellebecq uses the two to show what it can lead to. 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.

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. Houellebecq agrees that sex is central to society — that’s why there is so much of it in this book — but he certainly takes a dim view of it or rather: 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.


The things in it that are funny are the things that have to do with the inevitability of death, the pointlessness of life, the drive for sex that is unsatisfied in pathetic, heartbreakingly inadequate losers — are you cracking up yet? Our bodies, driven by animalistic desires that translate into religious or spiritual disgrace, only cause suffering.

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

Michel turns out to be a hero who rescues the human race from itself; his solution is a gauntlet Houellebecq throws down to all of us. They are intended to give the book scope, make it more like Hugo, Buddenbrooks, or “Giant” than an ordinary family story.

Elemdntary Houellebecq has written a work of great intelligence and maturity that is nihilistic in nature and immensely sad but was always compulsive reading. 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 dispassionate distance.

One summary of an experiment leads him to elsmentary that “random mutation seemed more efficient than natural selection”. He explores the sexual lives of his characters sometimes in great detail. All of these experiences that could conceivably last one blissful, insatiable sitting the novels that are not considered novellas, that is — this is one of ’em.

You may not like it; you’re not meant to. Bruno is the greater failure in life.

Michel meets a childhood friend, Annabelle, a girl he should have been involved with in school something he was unable to do then. Selected pages Table of Contents.


Nov 13, Pages Buy. And I’ll call them super-men!!! The author could put it in general terms, or he could indirectly suggest it, but a detailed description of how Bruno masturbates over his algebra notes while watching girls on the train drives it home far more effectively: Retrieved 31 May Once he has set his bleak scene Houellebecq offers a glimmer of hope: Secondly, the book is darkly funny.

Yep, really hate them, we don’t say why we just do.

Hate them a lot. Works rlementary Michel Houellebecq. Sep 08, Amrit Chima rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. There are many novelists who have their own obsession for sex and some of them are consistently good such as Philip Roth and Ian McEwan; Michel Houellebecq, in my humble opinion, is not. Though I’m also warning you that it could significantly hoiellebecq the date of your demise. A subtle but definitive change had occurred in Western Society during andBruno thought to himself…During those years when he was desperately trying to fit in, Western society had tipped toward something dark and dangerous.

Something about quantum physics. If you want genuine existential disorientation, read Sartre. See 1 question about The Elementary Particles…. Houellebecq, who writes in French and lives in Dublin, offers houeolebecq second try after Whatever, that’s said to be a hit abroad. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.