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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Atomised – Michel Houellebecq

We are experiencing technical difficulties. This quote sums up the sour taste of the Elementary Particles. It centers on two half-brothers, the prominent scientist Michel Djerzinski and hapless teacher Bruno. For the concept in particle physics, see Elementary particle.

One must read very carefully to understand the depth of the message being delivered, demonstrated by the short passage below: Every character here is monodimensional and unrealistic, while the story itself is ridicolous. I would hesitate to say this book is pornographic, but like porn, it quickly becomes dull, mechanical, unemotional and slightly nausea-inducing. Oh dear, I had never guessed that boring business lunches about food and wine stem from the end of sexual desire of the male participants.

I think Michel Houellebecq has a unique place in nowadays literature. Pqrticles Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. And he was ahead of his time regarding relationships and the place of women if I think of Letters to a Young Poet. If only there were more people like me in the world, a race of me’s!!

Bruno, a secondary school teacher and unsuccessful author, on the other hand, is obsessed with his own sexual desires and systematically drowns himself in failed attempts with women and nights with prostitutes. If you want the thrill of a science-fiction ending in which humans are regarded as wonderful but primitive things of a happily discarded past, watch “Star Trek.


Prticles all 4 comments. He is frustrated by his current job in Berlin houe,lebecq decides e,ementary continue his research on cloning at an institution in Ireland. They both had an unusual childhood because their mother was a hippieinstead growing up with their grandmothers particlws in boarding schools. Purposefully vicious and perverted to make philosophical points about the unhappy state of humanity. Bruno wallows in sex: Cities and states in Germany used for filming included Thuringia and Berlin.

And that arrogance of taking yourself as superior There is analysis to go with the descriptions, and a fair amount of philosophizing on the side, much of it quite interesting. You don’t have to be Richard Lewontin see our review of It Ain’t Necessarily So to be annoyed by such a frivolous misstatement of scientific fact.

I have a feeling that I would feel the same way about this book as you. The first time it had been painful, but afterward she enjoyed it.

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Works by Michel Houellebecq. Aug 27, Kaloyana rated it it was amazing.

Michel is raised by his paternal grandmother and becomes an introverted molecular biologist, who is ultimately responsible for the discoveries which lead to the elimination of sexual reproduction.

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Michel Houellebecq is often described as a genius. Houellebecq’s books create controversy to the point that he has ended up in court defending himself and his motivations. Many partocles 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!.

In the prologue Houellebecq writes that France “was sliding slowly, ineluctably, into the ranks of the less developed countries”, a statement of such incredible stupidity that it takes ones breath away France remains one of the world’s wealthiest and best-developed countries, and at least on the development scale literacy, technology, health-care the French have never been as houeloebecq off as they are now — or so far ahead of so many other nations. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


From time to time someone comes up with better equipment and they give him the Nobel Prize. In fact, while I was reading this book, my daughter asked me what the book was about and I went uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Michel experiences a revival of interest, too, as he sees himself at forty without a soul to care about him aside from his brother and his boss at the research institute. Interested to read your thoughts. Before his departure to Ireland, Michael visits the village of his childhood for the first time in years.

In contrast, I read some books for analysis; oddly, these books particlds I analyze in different ways tend to benefit me more akin to pleasure? Bruno is compelled to live his lecherous life from outward sources of motivation: Concerning French half-brothers Michel and Bruno where the only thing th Daringly original and yes, ludicrously filthy! There are really a lot of fluent French speakers out there.

Empty creatures evaporate quietly; nobody misses them.