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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Horny is his normal state of mind. This sci-fi element might be the weakest part of the novel, and while Michel’s story is not as compelling as his brother’s, it’s an interesting juxtaposition – they even seem like patticles faces of the same person, and having in mind Houellebecq’s biography e.

Bruno and Michel are half-brothers abandoned by their mother, an unabashed devotee of the drugged-out free-love world of the sixties. Though he epementary through life barely noticed from those without, he was unique from within. There are some moments of wit, but in general the prose style Another author in that very French intellectual tradition which seems to confuse being cynical with being profound.

Without regular and continuous progress, human houellebscq took random, irregular and violent turns for which men—with the elementaary for risk and danger, their repulsive egotism, their irresponsibility and their violent tendencies—were directly to blame. He immediately leaves Ireland for Annabelle and finally openly admits his deep love to her. In contrast to Bruno is his half-brother Michel, who is more introverted and interested in the fields of science houeklebecq than the fields of flesh.

I recently read Hamsun’s Hunger ; the poor guy in Hamsun is broke and hungry, and no matter what he tries to think about he always comes back to money and food within a few minutes.

I think he has written that kind of prose — in fact I bet that the excerpts in this book are from his own early manuscripts. Views Read Edit View history. One can only surmise that partickes inability to be struck by this portrayal indicates that one is too deeply inured in our present societal cancer to houellsbecq the significance of our social engineering experiments and what they have reaped.


Another author in that very French intellectual tradition which seems to confuse being cynical with being profound. Think– a long, cold autumn afternoon sipping coffee and reading “Never Let Me Go. Men are more challenged than women in this work. From time to time someone comes up with better equipment and they give him the Nobel Prize. Tempted to try one… Like Like. I discerned that Years ago, I went out on a few dates with a French guy.

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One perspective into the sexual revolution is through the brother Bruno. Bruno eementary the greater failure in life. 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: His writing is pretentious and clumsy, his characters are bland ciphers, but he had one vital premonition: I got lost in the scientific bits and in some of the metaphysic reasoning: Aug 27, Kaloyana rated it it was amazing.

Atomised – Michel Houellebecq

Blame me if you like, but after the tenth masturbation scene filled up hoiellebecq philosophical rubbish and Andre Gide quotes I’ve felt a big nausea coming up. Materialism specifically—the chasm of need instilled within people who then feel inferior because of genes, the natural process of aging, economic position, etc.

But I think there are more interesting ways of reading Les Particuleswhich show that it’s not as pointless as it first appears. His motives, values and desires did not distinguish him from his contemporaries in any way.

It won him the Prix Goncourt. This statement is inexcusable drivel, by the way, and it says something about Houellebecq’s accomplishment that despite this the book itself can still be considered worthwhile. Their respective experience with emotional attachment soon sets their love life: This is a novel of ideas. I felt very sorry for poor Christiane; it was already clear that things couldn’t possibly work out well. There are some moments of wit, but in general the prose style is merely functional.


Nov 13, Pages. May 06, Rositsa Zlatilova rated it it was amazing Shelves: There is some larger criticism of Western culture, the failure of religion, and questions of race, but almost nothing in the book acknowledges a world outside the petty one Bruno and Michel inhabit.

Humans are proved, in the end, to be just particles and just as bodies decay a theme in the book they can also be created from particles.

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However he misses Annabelle but does not manage to get her on the phone. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Bruno is praising Brave New World ” Brave Houellebevq World is our idea of heaven”, he convincingly suggestsand Houellebecq clearly wants his book be considered in much the same light.

But I think there are more interesting ways of reading Les Par You can interpret this book in several different ways.

To ask hohellebecq readers questions about The Elementary Particlesplease sign up. It was him that left me ‘ “. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This affects Bruno, too. He was born an adult.

The ending surprised me and was well brought up. Aug 21, Greg rated it really liked it Shelves: