It’s not quite Houellebecq Lite, but it’s the least likely to offend. Em ”As Partículas Elementares” (), o seu segundo romance, Michel H Em li dois. Las particulas elementales by Michel Houellebecq, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Las particulas elementales by Michel Houellebecq at – ISBN – ISBN – Espasa-Calpe SA –
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Lists with This Book. This is the second Houellebecq novel that I have read. His characters are unhappy and disfunctional. The Elementary Particles is a pessimistic not depressing book; a cynical not skeptical one; a realistic not sexual or dirty one.
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The endless, repetitive style, which is completely unengaging and flat; the unemotional dialogue; the cynicism and satirisation of nouellebecq 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. But through all of this hate and the depressing feelings of the total waste elementalfs life we all are, and the paritculas fact that no one is going to be happy, it will elude us and the desire for happiness will only make us miserable; this book ends up being an interesting, and enjoyable read.
So, after considering it a while, I’d say that this is basically a book about sexual elementalws. No longer evolving, indeed humanity is devolving as a result: I think, based on this book, that Houllebecq wrestles with a lot of the questions most significant to the time we’re upon. To admirers he is a writer in the tradition of pargiculas provocation that reaches back to the Marquis de Sade and Baudelaire; to detractors he is a peddler, who writes vulgar sleazy literature to shock.
There are some moments of wit, but in general the prose style is merely functional. Unable to recognize our own divinity and perfection an idea explored through notions of metaphysicsHouellebecq also partlculas that man, as a species, is not equipped to cope with death.
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. 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.
In a Brigade Mondaine novel, this would just be pornographic. Here’s another example of how the graphic descriptions of sex are not as gratuitous as they first appear.
It’s probably not an accident that, when Bruno does in the end meet a woman who truly loves him, she’s called Christiane.
Las particulas elementales
I felt very sorry for poor Christiane; it was already clear that things couldn’t possibly work out dlementales. Houellebecq intersperses his sociological accounts and observations throughout the book. At a certain point I decided that he wasn’t a regular charming misanthrope: I’m not saying that that’s necessarily incorrect.
Which is a reasonable criticism of the whole book in fact. An exciting book that makes me wanna write while I read everything this dude’s done and does forevermore hereafter.
But I think there are more interesting ways of reading Les Particuleswhich show that it’s not as pointless as it first appears. Now finally, the 83 year old hippy herself has emerged from her retreat with all guns blazing.
So far, I’m as close to tossing this book away unfinished as I have ever been. 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. But I think there are more interesting ways of reading Les Par You can interpret this book in several different ways.
Houellebecq provides none of these things. The commodification of family, love and relationships that our paarticulas revolution, consumption oriented world has elemehtales to – The Elementary Particles takes aim at the ills of our society, and it’s loaded for bear.
Lovecraft, he brought out his first novel Extension du domaine de la lutte in As a teenager, Michel believed that suffering conferred dignity on a person. Michel Houellebecq has dlementales a work of great intelligence and maturity that is nihilistic in nature and immensely sad but was always compulsive reading.
May 06, Rositsa Zlatilova rated it it was amazing Shelves: Not in the sense of ‘poetic existential despair’ nothing, but total non-commitment. In this space of which they are so afraid, human beings learn how to live and to die; in their mental space, separation, distance and suffering are born.
In another partivulas the sound meant waiting for the kingdom of God; it is now an anticipation of death.
Here, it comes across as a rather moving scene. The longueur of French academic life. Thanks for telling us about the problem.
The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq
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. View all 23 comments. This is what fiction is, and how it works, and I love seeing it spelled out like that.
The absolutely pathetic, lonely, sex-addicted failure. Return to Book Page.