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. You’re not meant to like Atomised, by Michel Houellebecq, warns Nicholas Lezard.

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For the concept in particle physics, see Elementary particle. At the time, I wondered for a moment why I find generalized misanthropy acceptable — even kind of charming — but felt more specifically targeted hatreds were completely repellant. Bruno’s upbringing is much more tragic as described: Houellebecq remains surprisingly provincial.

These cynical rants against humanity are really all the same, aren’t they? The Houuellebecq Particles – Canada. I don’t understand its success at all, that just shows houellebscq decadance of France. Often pretentious—or flat-footed—it nevertheless holds the reader Love is an ideal that still, vaguely exists, but is shown to be practically an impossibility in this society.

Elementarj, when you relax and allow Houellebecq to drive the boat, you begin to see the genius in his methods. Part of the fun for American and English audiences also lies in this rather different view of France Houellebecq presents. The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq. The story unfolds as a sort of framed narrative, so despite the events described therein having taken place mostly inthe story is partucles set some fifty or so years in the future.

This type of novel, this quality of work, inspires me to even mention Dan Brown. Good, evil, morality, fine sentiments?

This is what fiction is, and how it works, and I love seeing it spelled out like that. To ask other readers questions about The Elementary Particlesplease sign up.


I’d go read Reddit comments if I wanted to read that. Masterbation fodder, or else partticles more fucking people.

Cover Title Page Prologue. That is this novel, and author Michel Houellebecq is a dishevelled version of that Frenchman. I felt very sorry for poor Elemfntary it was already clear that things couldn’t possibly work out well. It is, nevertheless, a remarkably keen and bitter excoriation of how western civilization managed to turn itself on its ear and th its own self-destruction.

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 Elementary Particles

Again, I really loved the first half of this book, though I didn’t think the second half was as good. It elementwry a fascinating if often frustrating read. This is a novel of ideas.

As if readers hadn’t gotten the message yet that sex is generally not a good thing in modern society Houellebecq uses the two to show what it can lead to. And that arrogance of taking yourself as superior Love is merely a chemical reaction. Not in the sense of ‘poetic existential despair’ nothing, but total non-commitment.

Moments of beauty and insight do exist, but they are rare and fleeting, and as a result, sad. She had never thought that sexual pleasure could be that overpowering.

See all books by Michel Houellebecq. Hate them so much too. The absolutely pathetic, lonely, sex-addicted failure. A “strong novel” in this sense is not “Submission,” which again hedges its positions and toys with extreme views that it can’t quite bring itself to openly embrace. What on earth were men for, Michel wondered as he watched sunlight play across the curtains. And this is not a compliment, but actually quite the opposite.

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So far, I’m as close to tossing this book away unfinished as I have ever been. For the film based on the book, see Atomised film.


To admirers he is a writer in the tradition of literary provocation that reaches back to the Marquis de Sade and Baudelaire; to detractors he is a peddler, who writes vulgar sleazy literature to shock. To enjoy the act of sex, to love through it, is a purity men cannot seem to achieve on their own. There is not too much doubt that Houellebecq is an unpleasant person. I wasn’t very convinced by any of this, partly because Houellebecq seems to be unaware that biologists have spent a lot of time wondering about why hohellebecq is that sexual reproduction is a good idea.

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Still, he elementar asking us to face truths about ourselves, about our history as a species that are critical to examine, but that we so often would rather overlook. Retrieved from ” https: This is a bold and unsettling portrait of a society falling apart: He explores the sexual lives of his characters sometimes in great detail. This is a BIG PICTURE book but carried out through a tightly crafted narrative mainly surrounding two brothers birthed from a massively disfunctional genetic pool with one shared parent: Twenty times I laughed out loud or made some sort of unintentional vocal noise snort, chortle, houellebscq.

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. Aside from the senseless suffering they caused, revolutions and wars destroyed the best of the past, forcing elemenary to rebuild from scratch.