Atomised [Michel Houellebecq] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Half-brothers Michel and Bruno have a mother in common but little else. Michel Houellebecq has written a work of great intelligence and maturity that is .. when so many people think “The Elementary Particles” (“Atomised” in the UK) . Half-brothers Michel and Bruno have a mother in common but little else. Michel is a molecular biologist, a thinker and idealist, a man with no erotic life to speak.

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Aubyn’s The Patrick Melrose Novels which I never got around to reviewing properly both in that it’s about the extraordinarily fucked-up children of wealthy Europeans, and that it degenerates somewhat houelebecq overly expository and transparently philosophical fake monologues later on in the book.

Can someone kindly make a recommend which of his novels I might want to read first? Rather it is self-suffocating and alienating. And if you don’t like to read a great deal about masturbation, then don’t even think about picking this book up.

The book does not end in the present day, but rather looks ahead at another ten years or so of work by Michel, and then provides an epilogue which summarizes what happened in the decades after.

Read this book, it’s not just a porn. Sexuality, for Michel, is an inconvenient passage before death.

The pain of being 40 and unfuckable. Showing of 26 reviews. It was written, however, that love contains and perfects this law. It’s a highly stylised patchwork of biological science it would be interesting to know if any of the science in it is ‘real’graphic anatomical sex, French social theory and hatred of nature and hippies, as well as a fair bit of guff about personal responsibility, houelleebcq and suicide, all laced with a general feeling that we’re awful and we’re doomed.


Hate them so much too. In other words, I was obsessively entranced by the first half, and the second half was just okay. But if you’re looking for some dark, high-brow pornography, and you have a strong stomach, this might be a good choice for you.

Engaging in this text allows the reader to start anew, houellenecq all of our post-modern angst has ceased. The longueur of French academic life. Human life is transitory. And human actions are just as random and senseless as the movements of elementary particles. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

However, when you relax and allow Houellebecq to drive the boat, you begin to see the genius in his methods. A human being in such a society totally adrift from his fellow humans and not bound by their shared cultural norms and belief-sets is unthinkable.

The endless, repetitive style, which is completely unengaging and flat; the unemotional dialogue; the cynicism and satirisation of a culture which, as far as I know, doesn’t exist any more, and if it does, exists only amongst a tiny few michsl wealthy upper-middle class society. Houellebecq’s characters are grateful for a declining interest in and ability to perform sexual acts as they age, but it doesn’t come soon enough for readers.

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How often do I have to sit through another pointless passage about tightening vaginas etc? And through our increasing needs and desires, we come to view ourselves as separate from each other, dislodged and unconnected spiritually, heightening our anguish. But since the Renaissance and with ever increasing intensity in the West the solitary individual stands alone facing the world like a sheet blowing in the wind, pushed this way and that by countervailing forces.


It’s a story about two brothers and the loneliness of existence and the disperation of growing old. Such homeland-bashing is, of course, common among writers, but Houellebecq takes on too big a target. Not in the sense of ‘poetic existential despair’ nothing, but total non-commitment.

The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq. Bruno was in a Fock space of his own. If you want intransi 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.

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Michel went home and had a Monoprix meal and resumed his circular deliberations on whether human consciousness could be reduced to a field of probabilities in a Fock space.

Bruno is, again, the victim of the circumstances he atomizes, but his spirit lives on through one endeavor: The commodification of family, love and relationships that our post-sexual revolution, consumption oriented world has led to – The Elementary Particles takes aim at the ills of our society, and it’s loaded for bear.

Finale avveniristico che non mi ha del tutto soddisfatto. It is too easy a way of “proving” where we might be headed and what the consequences of the present are, specifically because what proof he offers is not always entirely convincing. Retrieved from ” https: