Atomised [Michel Houellebecq] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Half-brothers Michel and Bruno have a mother in common but little else. 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. 16 May Atomised (novel) by Michel Houellebecq English Publication History: Atomised ( UK), The Elementary Particles (US) Original: French (Les.

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That French guy was a big fan of Michel Houllebecq. First of all, I like Houellebecq’s unrelenting pessimism.

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Readers might want to shower after reading the book, but there will certainly be no need for a cold shower. View all 37 comments. Meanwhile, Michel continues to live what is basically “a purely intellectual existence”, without love and without even much friendship.

Whole paragraphs eg, about humanity’s historically unprecedented concern with aging and the preferability of suicide to loss of physical function I read outloud to a friend. Atomised may sound like the type of book you wish to avoid — heavy on theory, filled with unpalatable opinions for example, one of the characters sees Islam as analogous to Nazismperhaps overly graphic. Ours is a culture obsessed with youth and beauty and, while their bodies are irreversibly decaying, Houellebecq’s aging characters are struggling to find a reason to live on in such a world, but still hoping that maybe they’ll touch something that resembles love, when, devoid of other emotions, they feel only compassion for those who suffer the same fate.

Menu Skip to content Home About Languages. Despite the essentially elaborate scope of the plot revealed in the novel’s conclusion, the narrative focuses almost exclusively on the bleak and unrewarding lives of the protagonists, two half-brothers who barely know each other.

Still one must understand the social implications of the age somewhat michle before discarding the arguments: Many will pass him atomisev 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!.

Secondly, the book is darkly funny.

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Another very human part of us is the ego. Michel walks away atomlsed 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.

Love it but hate it. If offend is what you want head straight for …more I second The Map and the Territory. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

While some readers might be put off by ca. View all 3 comments. 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.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Atomisedalso known as The Elementary Particles French: Bruno exemplifies this horrible state of being; thwarted sexual desire has turned his life into a living hell, and Houellebecq is psychologically credible in showing how it progressively destroys him, making him hate everyone and everything.

And, in passing, that the translation would appear to be first-rate. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. There’s an awful lot of sex in this novel, in many variations, but Houellebecq’s descriptions put it on par with bodily functions such as defecation.

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!!!

Nov 10, Scott rated it it was amazing Shelves: Bruno’s plight is similar. Sexuality, for Michel, is an inconvenient passage before death. I mean of course I understand why I think that, but how houellebscq is it?

Existential, cultural, scientific, philosophical, historical, etc. Although one might argue with his conclusions, the writer makes a stunning case, albeit depending upon several fictional characters. Jul 31, Macoco G.

Atomised – Michel Houellebecq

He does this wrestling in a way that might michhel be palatable to all, and while I find this compelling I haven’t yet decided if I’ll go out with him again. Bruno lived with his mother who casually neglected him emotionally yet overfed atomisex with food. May 06, Rositsa Zlatilova rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is in Michel, the brilliant biologist, that Houellebecq places his greater hopes.

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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. The Elementary Particles 3.