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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Bruno is the greater failure in life. That French guy was a big fan of Michel Houllebecq.

Review: Atomised, by Michel Houellebecq | Books | The Guardian

In fact, while I was reading this book, my daughter asked me what the book was about and I went psrticles. Retrieved 9 January When he comes across Annabelle—the same girl who loved him with reciprocation—he begins to see his own faults; thus, they pursue something like a relationship.

The way Houellebecq combines science and sociology is amazingly intelligent and deliciously dizzying. Retrieved 31 May He spends his days in a constant agony of unfulfilled desire. I was holding a solid four star rating of this in my head until the final leg of the journey, around Section Three and the Epilogue.

Secondly, the book is darkly funny.

About The Elementary Particles An international literary phenomenon, The Elementary Particles is a frighteningly original novel—part Marguerite Duras and part Bret Easton Ellis-that leaps headlong into the malaise of contemporary existence. The emotionally unavailable scientist. Bruno is consumed by sex from the time he first becomes aware of it, but there is little pleasure to go with it.

Without regular and continuous progress, human evolution took random, irregular and violent turns for which men—with the predilection for risk and danger, their repulsive egotism, their irresponsibility e,ementary their violent tendencies—were directly to blame. Open Preview See a Problem? parrticles


One perspective into the sexual revolution is through the brother Bruno. Thirdly — okay, yes, the book is misogynistic, maybe kind of racist, certainly anti-religion — but at least Houellebecq is fair. Houellebdcq was written, however, that love contains and perfects this law.

After Annabelle recovers and before their departure to Ireland, Michael and Annabelle visit Bruno in hospital and take him to the beach.

Bruno, 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 leaps headlong into the malaise of contemporary existence. 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. The novel sold hundreds of thousands of copies and propelled Houellebecq into the French intellectual and literary spotlight during the summer and autumn of Deliberately positioning yourself as a contrarian or iconoclast within the culture is a handy way of assuaging a supposedly radical conscience while continuing to reap the benefits of the culture you supposedly decry.

He is all mind, his body tolerated only as the biological vector of his thoughts. The brilliant Michel loses himself in his work, and has almost no personal life.

Michael asks Bruno if he wants to come with Annabelle and him to Ireland but Bruno decides to live happily in hospital with Christiane in his mind forever. Some of it is easy to recognize, even when unpleasant, but there are other issues which require us to hang our heads at the plausibility that this is even human behavior.

Was it possible to think of Bruno as an individual? 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.


Atomised – Michel Houellebecq

Other races will appear, and disappear in turn. Views Read Edit View history. Also by Michel Houellebecq. Michel turns out to be a hero who rescues the human race from itself; his solution is a gauntlet Houellebecq throws down to all of us.

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Sample quote “If it hadn’t been my son, I wouldn’t read that kind of crap, I would put it down straight away, because if there’s one thing I detest in the world it’s pornography. Oliver Berben Bernd Eichinger. Elsmentary an incredible book. The ending surprised me and was well brought up.

In fact, my immediate association was with the fictitious books that Moreland invents in one of the Anthony Powell novels: Although I was determined to finish the book, I was not prepared for what a wonderful book this is.

I think, based on this book, that Houllebecq wrestles with a lot of the questions most significant to the time we’re upon.

Elememtary ambitious because he isn’t just “shooting rabbits,” as the delightful blurb on the back of the UK edition puts it. I love to hear your thoughts, thanks for commenting. Looking for More Great Reads? We are experiencing technical difficulties. I do make better decisions when I take enough time to let the impulsive first rush of thoughts subside and look at the issue with a certain amount of dispassionate distance.