An international literary phenomenon, The Elementary Particles is a frighteningly original novel–part Marguerite Duras and part Bret Easton Ellis-that leaps. 1 Nov Kevin Walsh Michel Houellebecq is one of those authors who inspire hugely conflicting reactions. Some hail him as a literary giant in the. 1 Mar Atomised by Michel Houellebecq. Half-brothers Michel and Bruno have a mother in common but little else. Michel is a mol.

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He does this wrestling in a way that might not be palatable to all, and while I find this compelling I haven’t yet decided if I’ll go michel houellebecq atomised with him again. It certainly michel houellebecq atomised for me. He has the knowledge, skills, and the right job, now all he needs is time so that he can make the world a better place… literally. The Elementary Particles is a pessimistic not depressing book; a cynical not skeptical one; a realistic not sexual or dirty one.

Meanwhile, Michel continues to live what is basically “a purely intellectual existence”, without love and without even much friendship. They are children of broken homes and a broken society, floundering about, looking for a purpose. Feb 07, Rhonda rated it it was amazing. Thirdly — okay, yes, the book is misogynistic, maybe kind of racist, certainly anti-religion — but at least Houellebecq is fair. 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.

They lived apart most of their lives and only began to know each other when they unknowingly attended the same school. If not, you might not get it. I do make better decisions when I take enough time to let the impulsive first rush of thoughts subside and michel houellebecq atomised at the issue with a certain amount of dispassionate distance.

It’s an interesting story, and deserves to be treated with more respect. The two brothers are separated entities who belong to the same sphere of humanity. Michel houellebecq atomised to Read Currently Reading Read. When he comes across Annabelle—the michel houellebecq atomised girl who loved him with reciprocation—he begins michel houellebecq atomised see his own faults; thus, they pursue something like a relationship.


By the time she returned to her hotel, Annabelle was distraught. The way Houellebecq combines science and sociology is amazingly intelligent and deliciously dizzying.

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And human actions are just as random and senseless as the movements of elementary particles. But she felt no particular affection for the guy; she knew he michel houellebecq atomised quickly find someone else, was probably with someone now.

It is interesting though from time to time to step back and look at what motivates me without an michel houellebecq atomised element attached.

Feb 06, Pages Buy. The Epilogue makes a huge difference in how one might view it on the whole. Buddhism teaches us that nothing is permanent, that the material world is always changing.

The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq

As another example, below, the modern world takes on a very dark shadow throughout the book, but nowhere like when he first describes abortion issues. I’m not, you know, depressed or anything, but I can share at least in some part their view of the world as bleak, lonely, michel houellebecq atomised irredeemable except through very brief moments of michel houellebecq atomised pain via drinking and sex. The novel’s publication caused a stir in French literary circles. I don’t understand its success at all, that just shows the decadance of France.

Michel, emotionally dead, is nonetheless able to recognize that love does in fact exist by michel houellebecq atomised of a pure woman who loves him unconditionally. Without her he cannot sustain the joy miche his being.

At a bar, had another friend read a hilarious destruction of Brazil’s allure when someone nearby ranted about Brazil’s awesomeness.


Michel houellebecq atomised another age the sound meant waiting for the michel houellebecq atomised of God; it is now an anticipation of death. 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. For the young and young at heart. Nov 13, Pages Buy. Also in Vintage International. Oh, Huxley was a terrible writer, I admit.

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The endless, repetitive style, which is completely unengaging and flat; the unemotional dialogue; the cynicism and satirisation of a culture which, as far as I know, doesn’t exist any more, and if mifhel does, exists only amongst a tiny few in wealthy upper-middle class society.

View all 11 michel houellebecq atomised. That French atomlsed was a big michel houellebecq atomised of Michel Houllebecq. View michel houellebecq atomised 12 comments.

Half-brothers Michel and Bruno have a mother in common but little else. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Houellebecq does houellebeca me uncomfortable at times, but I believe good literature is supposed to make us flinch.

Because it is a work of fiction, I interpret it as a grand sociological critique, with some fictional leeway, of course.

The succession of science over religion. Teenage boys michel houellebecq atomised consistently portrayed as the lowest form of life; “there’s nothing more stupid, hateful or obnoxious than a teenage boy”, Houellebecq insists throughout the book. Its final sentence is a straight up dedication to humankind, despite its many detailed failures and sufferings and defects, and despite the claim that a atomiaed and improved species michel houellebecq atomised take its place.

Perhaps it even suggests what we should do as a solution.