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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. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of The Elementary Particles / Atomised by Michel Houellebecq.

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Houelebecq grows into a lecherous and insatiable sex addict whose dalliances with prostitutes and sex chat on Minitel do nothing to satisfy him, to the point where he finds himself on disability leave from his job and in a mental hospital after a failed attempt at seducing one of his students. Books by Michel Houellebecq. Recommended, though readers should be aware of what they are in for.

Kafka on the Shore Haruki Murakami.

International Dublin Literary Award recipient There can only be one ending for such misery. Masterbation fodder, or else just more fucking people.

Atomised – Michel Houellebecq

Bruno is compelled to live his lecherous life from outward sources of motivation: La sombra de la existencia: Inspired by Your Browsing History. Fiction Michel Houellebecq houelleecq.

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.

That book is pure pornography, it’s repugnant, it’s crap. Norwegian Wood Haruki Murakami. Anyway, I understood what I could. This category includes arse 12 and buttocks 6. Paeticles has just spent a very happy week with Christiane, but must leave: Bruno leaves the mental institution and goes on holiday to a hippie camp after being faced with divorce by his wife.


The Elementary Particles

I don’t think, however, that we need to discuss whether Michel’s idea makes scientific sense; I don’t believe Houellbecq is seriously saying that we should find a way to evolve away from sex, any more than Brecht in The Tutor is seriously suggesting autocastration as a solution.

Throughout The Elementary ParticlesHouellebecq is at pains to point out the scientific basis of many of his own claims, leading to partocles but also oddly fascinating asides.

Jul 12, Lorenzo Berardi rated it did not like it Shelves: Bruno, elemenyary older, has become a raucously promiscuous hedonist himself, while Michel is an emotionally dead molecular biologist wholly immersed in the solitude of his work. How is this science fiction? Michel walks away from his work for a time, to take a year off to “think”, but in the end turns back to it, losing himself completely in it.

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The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq | : Books

Now finally, the 83 year old hippy herself has emerged from her retreat houlelebecq all guns blazing. It is a bitter mixture of loneliness and misanthropy, desire, frustration and disappointment; philosophy, social critique and speculative science, and pornography, loveless and pleasureless. The Art paricles Travel Alain de Botton. Houellebecq has some interesting observations about how free-market economics have entered into people’s personal lives; having also read Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine in the near past, this resonated rather well.

Where Michel turns to science, Bruno is a would-be poet and writer achieving very limited hoouellebecq. But I think there are more interesting ways of reading Les Particuleswhich show that it’s not as pointless as it first appears.


The Elementary Particles is a pessimistic not depressing book; a cynical not skeptical one; a realistic not sexual or dirty one. A lot of this book consists of a tirade of hatred against the author’s dear mama. It certainly did for me.

Atomised – Michel Houellebecq | Tongues of Speculation

He exposes himself to a girl in the class to which he teaches literature; he is sent to a mental institution as was Houellebecq, if not for the same reason. Meanwhile, Michel continues to live what is basically “a purely intellectual existence”, without love and without even much friendship. Note that there is a lot of sex in The Elementary Particles — generally of the parficles, unpleasant, and unfulfilling variety.

His outlook is Nietzschean “pretty second-rate Nietzschean at that” he silently admitsand the end he chooses runs fairly true to form. When the Middle Class Aspires to Cold Nihilism Well, it seems there is hardly any point in contributing an other review, when so many people think “The Elementary Particles” “Atomised” in the UK is a “powerful,” “unflinching” book.

His life continues to be sordid and pathetic, “a melodrama where the characters were babes and dogs, hot guys and bitches.