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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Michel was raised by his fatherly grand-mother, first in the Yonne department and then near Paris, not far from Bruno.

The Elementary Particles

This novel reflects author’s cultural pessimism, his contempt for the atomized, egotistic, decadent Western civilization, its liberal democracy and capitalism. I love to hear your thoughts, thanks for commenting. And though he does introduce a sort of twisted and intelligent hope by the end, it is not reassuring.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Erotica it ain’t, and often it is downright off-putting. This article is about the novel by Michel Houellebecq. Materialism specifically—the chasm of need instilled within people who then feel inferior because of genes, the natural process of aging, economic position, etc.

The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq

This book has a lot in common with St. Notify housllebecq of new comments via email. A sourpuss Houellebecq might be, but he is a damn talented sourpuss, and I rate this novel as one of the greatest of the late 20th Century, a book partlcles I think will hold its own as a great work of its time and be read in future decades, much as we still read The Outsideror The Catcher in the Rye.

His works though, particularly Atomised, have received high praise from the French literary intelligentsia, with generally positive international critical response, Having written poetry and a biography of the horror writer H. Aprticles they have an open relationship, he falls in love with her. During this dreadful span, he was under the impression he had barely moved on.


Cold, undiluted and dazzlingwrites Houellebecq in his essay on H. This book is principally the story of a man who lived out the greater part of his life in Western Europe, in the latter half of the twentieth century. His characters are unhappy and disfunctional. Please try again later. Without her he cannot sustain the joy of his being. Thus were put into place different strategies, called human lives.

Michael asks Bruno if he wants to come with Annabelle and him to Ireland but Eementary decides to live happily in hospital with Christiane in his mind forever.

Atomised – Michel Houellebecq

We’re no slouches elemenfary this regard, but France has a gift for producing nasty writers. His hatred with modern society is pretty blindly applied. Many will pass him off as a nihilist, racist, pervert and for the mistreatment of women, who has written a lewd and funny work for cheap thrills with the sole aim to offend, I am not having that one bit!.

We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on youellebecq book pages to help you find your new favourite book. A relatively innocent girl has had sex with a lothario during what she believes is a period of freedom of expression and finds herself pregnant.

In his imagination he tells her that he ultimately has decided to stay with her forever. There is analysis to go with the descriptions, and a fair elemenntary of philosophizing on the side, much of it quite interesting.

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 Art of Travel Alain de Botton. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. This statement is inexcusable drivel, by the way, and it says something about Houellebecq’s accomplishment that despite houellebefq the book itself can still be considered worthwhile.

It tells the story of two half-brothers, Bruno and Michel, both children of a libertine hippy mother who had as little as possible to do with their upbringing. Nov 13, Pages. This category includes arse 12 and buttocks 6. It’s not quite Houellebecq Lite, but it’s the least likely to offend. particls


Post was not sent – check your email addresses! The country into which he was born was sliding slowly, ineluctably, into the ranks of the less developed countries; often haunted by misery the men of his generation lived out their lonely, bitter lives. I’d go read Reddit comments if I wanted to read that. To alleviate this awkward state when no other means of satisfaction is around, he resorts to himself. At a certain point I decided that he wasn’t a regular charming misanthrope: I lack the academic background.

They are also odd things.

Return to Book Page. He depicts it as an empty wasteland that has been “atomised” as people have lost themselves in individuality, society itself crumbling as people seem incapable of forming meaningful bonds or ties — or being in love. But she felt no particular affection for the guy; she knew he would quickly find someone else, was probably with someone now.

In press interviews, she promised that “if he has the misfortune of sticking paeticles name on anything again he’ll get my epementary stick in his face and that’ll knock his teeth out. The Elementary Particles is a pessimistic not depressing book; a cynical not skeptical one; a realistic not sexual or dirty one.

I was prodded into thinking this by a remark by Julian Barnes on the back cover: The ideal reader would find these to be both nostalgic and informative, like interruptions huellebecq a public television documentary.