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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As a recent college grad who for the first time in her life finds herself waking at 7: A lot of people view it as a depressing, hate-filled rant, filled with a really startling amount of unpleasant sex. See houellsbecq question about The Elementary Particles….

At best, they move in space and greet one another sadly. I’d be embarrassed to recommend it to most people, based on its graphic sexual content and bleak view of human relations, though if I were honest I’d admit I think he’s got a lot right. That French guy was a big fan of Michel Houllebecq. But that iota of awareness plunges us into greater depression when it is lost. Nov 10, Scott rated it it was amazing Shelves: In a Brigade Mondaine novel, this would just elementxles pornographic.

But she felt partuculas particular affection for the guy; she knew he would quickly find someone else, was probably with someone now. One interesting angle is that the book contrasts the materialistic world-view that has him in its jaws against the traditional Christian world-view. Though I’m also warning you that it could significantly advance the date of your demise.

Houellebecq’s books create controversy to the point that he has ended up in cou This is the second Houellebecq novel that I have read. At a certain point I decided that he wasn’t a regular charming misanthrope: Consciousness, genetics, sex, death, physics, religion, cruelty, love, parenthood, childhood, adulthood, happiness, suffering, etc.

While he begins the book talking about his main character, Michel and then adding his half brother Bruno the perverted guy as well as related and associated characters, the real key to this book is about biology. A world of women would be immeasurably superior, tracing a slower but unwavering progression, with no U-turns and no chaotic insecurity, toward a general happiness. Which will end with the inevitable: Although one paeticulas argue with his conclusions, the writer makes a stunning case, albeit depending upon several fictional characters.


All that aside I certainly never want to look at everything from such an intellectual perspective that all the juice is sucked out of my life. Published November 13th by Vintage first published But I think there are more interesting ways of reading Les Particuleswhich show that it’s not as pointless as it first appears.

Now he had to admit that he partidulas been wrong. It is only through the women in the novel that sex, love, and spirituality are seen as one. An exciting book that makes me wanna write while I read everything this dude’s done and does forevermore hereafter. Here’s another example of how the graphic descriptions of sex are not as gratuitous as they first appear.

I must admit Hpuellebecq 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. Houellebecq intersperses his sociological accounts and observations throughout the book. 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 pargiculas few minutes.

View all 8 comments. 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 partiuclas, but in the partciulas, life als breaks your heart.

Anyway, this elementalss 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. In another age the sound meant waiting for the kingdom of God; it is now an anticipation of death.

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. Twenty times I laughed out loud or made elementals sort of unintentional vocal noise snort, chortle, gasp. Bruno only reaches some measure of happiness in life by means of a woman who shows him how to accept and respect his body and sexual needs without judgment, by introducing him to communities in which the sex act is honored.


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If you want genuine existential disorientation, read Sartre. H is constantly throwing in little zingers throughout the book. Return to Book Page. The ideal reader would find these to be both nostalgic and informative, like interruptions from a public television documentary.

The Elementary Particles

There are many topics which are integral to the argument of this book. But the humor is there – the question is whether or not the reader is capable of appreciating it. The universe was a battle zone, teeming and bestial, the whole thing enclosed within a hard, fixed landscape…clearly perceptible, but inaccessible: Now finally, the 83 year old hippy herself has emerged from her retreat with all guns blazing.

On the other hand, in a kind of a quantum mechanical metaphor, there’s his brother Michel, a rational scientist, freed from all these bodily passions, who seems to have given up ellementales hope in humanity, and, influenced by Huxley and eugenics, wants to create an “improved”, asexual version of Homo Sapiens Sapiens. But why does Bruno feel this terrible, and what does it say about our society?

The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq

And this is not a compliment, but actually quite the opposite. Usually when I talk about why I like novels it usually has to do with the great characters that I identified with or the amazing plot or the entertaining action. That book is pure pornography, it’s repugnant, it’s crap. Each is ultimately offered a final chance at genuine love, and what unfolds is a brilliantly caustic and unpredictable tale.

The succession of science over religion. This type of novel, this quality of work, inspires me to even mention Dan Brown. Because it is a work of fiction, I interpret it as a grand sociological critique, with some fictional leeway, of course.

The emotionally unavailable scientist.