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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Hate them so much too. It’s all here in this eggheady gloom festival.

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

You can look at life ironically for years, maybe decades; there are people who seem to go through most of their lives seeing the funny side, but in the end, life always breaks your heart.

Jul 31, Macoco G. Every character here is monodimensional and unrealistic, while the story itself is ridicolous. The Map and the Territory Vintage International. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers. It’s incredibly disturbing and beyond creepy. Esos episodios extravagantes, le houellebeccq el ,ichel ideal.

A book about the achievement of utopia, sort of like Huxley’s BNW and Island, which the book deals with. Can someone kindly make a recommend which of his novels I might want to read first? A good read and quite thought provoking. Its story — which anatomised the desolate lives of two brothers, excoriated the effect on society of the so-called sexual liberation of the Sixties and concluded with the replacement of the human race by a genetically modified alternative — drew comparisons with Camus and Ballard.

It might even be the nastiest satire.

Although I was determined to finish the book, I was not prepared for what a mifhel book this is. It is the late 60s. Bruno is at a boarding school in Meaux.

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. In contemporary Western society, death is like white noise to a man in good health; it fills his mind when his dreams and plans fade. As offensive as parts of it are yes, yes, I’m supposed to be offended, and I can see the atomkzed about whether the Oh God. That book is pure pornography, it’s repugnant, it’s crap.


So began his first night of freedom away from the university.

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This book is about two half brothers with a terrible mom, and tries to describe and comment on massive transformations in human life and experience. Customers who bought this item also bought. Both are symptomatic members of our atomised society, where religion has given way to shallow ‘new age’ philosophies and love to meaningless sexual connections. If you find this novel shocking, you might consider just how immersed in the “endless middle classes” you really are: 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.

I don’t understand its success at all, that just shows the decadance of France. 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. I must admit I got completely carried away, while the trick he pullled in the epilogue had me looking for my mind cause yeah, I suddenly felt it missing.

And who better to approach, for a body of work centred on modern life and the consolations of consumerism, than the writer Michel Houellebecq? Engaging in this text allows the reader to start anew, after all of our post-modern angst has ceased. Translated from the French by Frank Wynne. Teenage boys are consistently portrayed as the lowest form of life; “there’s nothing more stupid, hateful or obnoxious than a teenage boy”, Houellebecq insists throughout the book.

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So far, I’m as close to tossing this book away unfinished as I have ever been. Asexuality and sex addiction, the two offsprings of the sexual liberation of the 60s, are envisioned by the French author in a marriage whose fruit seems to be extremely 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.


I capitoli che vedono protagonista Bruno hanno mi hanno ricordato un po’ Fantozzi o qualche canzone di Elio e prendono decisamente in contropiede strappando amarissime ma fragorose risate. This is as central to the human experience as, well, talking. Lovecraftin which we find many elements of “The Elementary Particles”.

Nei week-end vado a trovare i miei, gioco con mio nipote e le mie nipotine. He’s after “big game. View all 4 comments. One interesting angle is that the book contrasts the materialistic world-view that has him in its jaws against the traditional Christian world-view. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

The pain of being 40 and unfuckable. For example, I suppose that all the references to the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen gedankenexperiment are intended to suggest that Bruno and Michel are inextricably bound together, quantum-entangled in fact; their mother is the source, Bruno and Michel are the two electrons.

Jan 14, Antonomasia rated it really liked it Shelves: He has found a way that human beings can be cloned indefinitely and thus achieve immortality. But it brought Houellebecq into the public eye and set the stage for his later books, so it’s worth reconsidering. As a recent college grad who for the first time in her life finds herself waking at 7: I suppose I agree.

Anyway, this train of thought doesn’t have much to do with this book, except that maybe it does relate to the French and the way that they think about people.