It’s not quite Houellebecq Lite, but it’s the least likely to offend. Em ”As Partículas Elementares” (), o seu segundo romance, Michel H Em li dois. Las particulas elementales by Michel Houellebecq, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Las particulas elementales by Michel Houellebecq at – ISBN – ISBN – Espasa-Calpe SA –

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That French guy was a big fan of Michel Houllebecq. In this space of partiulas they are so afraid, human beings learn how to live and to die; in their mental space, separation, distance and suffering are born. The first time it had been painful, but afterward she enjoyed it.

I suppose I agree. Moments of beauty and insight do exist, but they are rare and fleeting, and as a result, sad. In another age the sound meant waiting for the kingdom of God; it is now an anticipation of death. Houellebecq could write a strong novel, if he would allow himself to write the excoriating racist houellebcq that he attributes to one of his two principal characters.

A world of women would be immeasurably superior, tracing a slower but unwavering progression, with no U-turns and no chaotic insecurity, toward a general happiness.

What conferred dignity on people was television. And in fact it’s not unreasonable to argue that Houellebecq is being brave too in describing just how humiliating that is for him. Secondly, the book is darkly funny. Very moving and more importantly really gets you thinking. It is very easy to overlook them if one is just trying to get to the end. La fille poursuivait la lecture de son magazine. Houellebecq’s books create controversy to the point that he has ended up in court defending himself and his motivations.

Pwrticulas, the older brother, has be An international literary phenomenon, The Elementary Particles is a frighteningly original novel—part Marguerite Duras and part Bret Easton Ellis-that houellebecq headlong into the malaise of contemporary existence.


The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq

He’s just saying that the pain that sex and love cause people is such that you’re willing to consider an extreme solution in order to escape from it. It’s an interesting story, and deserves to be treated with more respect. But I don’t know much about them as a culture, and therefore won’t generalize here.

Another author in that very French intellectual pas which seems to confuse being cynical with being profound.

Our bodies, driven by animalistic desires that translate into religious or spiritual disgrace, only cause suffering. Concerning French half-brothers Michel and Bruno where the only thing th Daringly original and yes, ludicrously filthy! Yes, Houellebecq’s a stupid little bastard, whether he’s my son or not. Yet the novel has such an intellectual draw that even at its most seemingly uncalled for, I believe Houellebecq had a purpose for it. Some of this is illustrated with neatly-done set pieces, other parts are more didactic.

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Las particulas elementales

I’m about half way through this book, which I picked up on a whim after finishing the excellent Blindness by Jose Saramago. What on earth were men for, Michel wondered as he watched sunlight play across the curtains.

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.

This book as well as the other Houellebecq I read, Platform captures the bleak purposeless of modern life better than almost anything I can think of. In the summer ofit was already apparent that all of it would end badly. I mean of course I understand why I think that, but how rational is it? If you can handle some pretty graphic sex combined with a story of nihilism, ennui and some hard examination of the consumerist wasteland that is modern Western society, then strap in for a damn fine novel.


I’d go read Reddit comments if I wanted to read that.

An exciting book that makes me wanna write while I read everything this dude’s done and does forevermore hereafter. She would have the abortion the following day and stay overnight at the hotel before going home; that was what she had decided. Sometimes we can feel the universe vibrate in nature—the water, trees, and sky. Although I was determined to finish the book, I was not prepared for what a wonderful book this is. A lot of people view it as a depressing, hate-filled rant, filled with a really startling amount of unpleasant sex.

The Epilogue makes a huge difference in how one might view it on the whole. A lot of this book consists of a tirade of hatred against the author’s dear mama. Do you see what I mean? As a teenager, Michel believed that suffering conferred dignity on a person. Read this book, it’s not just a porn. For society to function, for competition to continue, people have to want more and more, until desire fills their lives and finally devours them.

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However, when you relax and allow Houellebecq to drive the boat, you begin to see the genius in his methods. 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 universe is merely a chance arrangement of elementary particles. But that iota of awareness plunges us into greater depression when it is lost.