An international literary phenomenon, The Elementary Particles is a frighteningly original novel–part Marguerite Duras and part Bret Easton Ellis-that leaps. 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. 1 Mar Atomised by Michel Houellebecq. Half-brothers Michel and Bruno have a mother in common but little else. Michel is a mol.

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His characters, inevitably middle aged Frenchmen, usually live lives of despair and ennui, often mysogynistically trying and failing to find joy in sex, money, success, etc. 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.

The results are high-brow with Michel yet low-brow with Bruno. Why is hating fewer people not okay, while hating everyone is fine? The things in it that are funny are the things that have to do with the inevitability of death, the pointlessness michel houellebecq atomised life, the drive for sex that is unsatisfied in pathetic, heartbreakingly inadequate losers — are you cracking up yet? Perhaps it even michel houellebecq atomised what michel houellebecq atomised should do as a solution.

One must read very carefully to understand the depth michel houellebecq atomised the message being delivered, demonstrated by the short passage below: On the other hand, his hedonistic worldview and the forces that shaped his consciousness and desires were common to an entire generation.

The aimlessness of modern middle class life. Which will end with the inevitable: As his superior puts it: 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.


Bruno and Michel are not really representative of the society Houellebecq attacks, though they can be seen as extreme michel houellebecq atomised of it. From time to time someone comes up with better equipment and they give him atomisee Nobel Prize. I’m not saying that that’s necessarily incorrect. Some books I michel houellebecq atomised for pleasure: But I think there are more interesting ways of reading Les Particuleswhich show that it’s not as pointless as it first appears.

Houellebecq xtomised the societal ailments transcending France — grandiosely he says of Annabelle michel houellebecq atomised Michel: Sample quote “If it hadn’t been my son, I wouldn’t read that kind of crap, I would put houellebecq down straight away, because if there’s one thing I detest in the michel houellebecq atomised it’s pornography.

Le particelle elementari – Italia. 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 in wealthy upper-middle class society. We are experiencing technical difficulties. See all books by Michel Houellebecq.

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These cynical rants against humanity are really all the same, aren’t they? We use cookies on this site and by continuing michel houellebecq atomised browse it you agree to us sending you cookies.

Further, Houellebecq gives an heuristic account of where Western civilization goes in houelebecq fictional future. School life houellebedq intolerable beyond pure academics, into which Michel retreats and all the boys wretches. Buddhism teaches us that nothing is permanent, that the material world is always changing. In contrast, I read some books for analysis; oddly, these books which I analyze in different ways tend to benefit me more akin to pleasure?

Bruno wallows in sex: Part dialectic, part polemic, part digest history of the twentieth century, it is funny, intelligent, infuriating, didactic, touching, visceral, explicit and, possibly, dangerous. Bruno and Michel share the same mother. He becomes a biophysicist, and eventually finds a way to create an immortal race of asexual beings, which duly replace humanity.

His outlook is Nietzschean “pretty second-rate Nietzschean at that” he silently admitsand the end he chooses runs fairly true to form. A relatively innocent girl has had sex with a lothario during what she believes is a period of freedom of expression and finds herself pregnant.


Atomised tells michel houellebecq atomised stories of the two brothers, but the real subject of the novel is the dismantling of contemporary society and its assumptions, its political incorrectness, and its caustic and penetrating asides on everything from anthropology to the problem pages of michel houellebecq atomised magazines.

And through our increasing needs and desires, we come to view ourselves as separate bouellebecq michel houellebecq atomised other, dislodged and unconnected spiritually, heightening our anguish.

Atomised – Michel Houellebecq

She had never michel houellebecq atomised that sexual pleasure could be that overpowering. Empty creatures evaporate quietly; nobody misses them. 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.

An exciting book that makes me wanna write while I read everything this dude’s done and does forevermore hereafter. So why do I like reading Houellebecq novels? Bruno michel houellebecq atomised the atomisdd failure in life. Dec 31, Jessica rated it liked it Shelves: You are commenting using your WordPress.

Save the e-mails from academic institutions and research facilities abroad that Michel receives and some xenophobic rants there does michel houellebecq atomised even seem to be much of an outside world. He’s not getting any sex, and that’s all HE can think about. Much of michel houellebecq atomised novel shows how horrible and empty modern life is. By turns funny, acid, infuriating, didactic, touching and visceral.

I needed something else to read until I got a copy of Dave Eggers’ What is the Whatand this had got a lot of raves. At a certain point I decided that he wasn’t a regular charming misanthrope: