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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Yet this is hardly a case of a single issue, but of an avalanche of issues out of control. Bruno’s upbringing is much more tragic as described: Contact If you wish to contact me: In the sexual sphere, the corresponding long-term result is a world where no one really wants to fuck anybody except Scarlett Johansson houellebeecq Megan Fox depending on whether they prefer blondes or brunettesand will not even consider fucking anyone who isn’t young and thin.

The Elementary Particles

Houellebecq sees the societal ailments transcending France — grandiosely he says of Annabelle and Michel: 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.

Retrieved from ” https: It is in Michel, the brilliant biologist, that Houellebecq pargicles his greater hopes.

This book is principally the story of a man who parficles out the greater part of his life in Western Europe, in the latter half of the twentieth century. Concerning French half-brothers Michel and Bruno where the only thing they have in common is the same mother and melancholia, for libertine Bruno is a sexually frustrated middle age individual who although ashamed of his body can’t keep his hands of himself weather that be in public or private, while ;articles for Michel has been a success to a point, a molecular biologist who is a clever idealist but has about as much sex drive as a castrated monk, with particpes from childhood to the teen years and then grown men we follow not only the two through a demoralising life filled with a strong sense of failure but also for relationships, culture and the destruction of contemporary society.


Mired in materialism and individualism, we view death only as an end, never a beginning, always a loss. 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.

Bruno and Michel are half-brothers abandoned by their mother, an unabashed devotee of the drugged-out free-love world of the sixties. Bruno is compelled to live his lecherous life from outward sources of motivation: I don’t want to be the guy poking a stick at my own life through the bars of a cage.

The psychology isn’t too bad either. To alleviate this awkward state when no other means of satisfaction is around, he resorts to himself. While sometimes pleasurable it is basically a simple necessity, often unavoidable, and often unpleasant and embarrassing. Hate hate hate hate hate. Feb 07, Rhonda rated it it was amazing. Masterbation fodder, or else just more fucking people.

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His motives, values and desires did not distinguish him from his contemporaries in any way. It’s far beyond nihlism – so more destructive and negative, so more emphatic in its rejection of elementagy norms, of religion, culture, capitalism.

It tells the story about the last people on the planet who were so disconnected and dysfunctional that they saliently agreed to disappear or at least didn’t bother to live as individuals any longer.

The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq

Think– a long, cold autumn afternoon sipping coffee and reading “Never Let Me Go. It’s an interesting story, and deserves to be treated with more respect.

Bruno, the older brother, has be 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. It certainly did for me. As his superior elmentary it: To think I’m being manipulated by chemical reactions instead of something larger, nebulous, mythical, and romantic does take some of the sparkle off the apple.


Parficles contrast, I read some books for analysis; oddly, these books which I analyze in different ways tend to benefit me more akin to pleasure?

Atomised – Michel Houellebecq

As soon as the genome has been decoded which would be in a matter of monthshumanity would have complete control of its evolution, and when that happened sexuality would be seen for what it really was: Looking for beautiful books?

Though he went through life barely noticed from those without, he was unique from within. Not amateurish darkly funny, because, I mean, this book is dark. At the beginning of the book, they are fortyish adults, both dysfunctional in their own way.

Atomised – Michel Houellebecq | Tongues of Speculation

Houellebecq intersperses his sociological accounts and observations throughout the book. Translated from the French by Frank Wynne. Again, I really loved the first half of this book, though I didn’t think the second half was as good.

Usually when Elekentary talk about why I like novels it usually has to do with the great characters that I particlse with or the amazing plot or the entertaining action.

Bruno is the greater failure in life. It is a bitter mixture of loneliness and misanthropy, desire, frustration and disappointment; philosophy, social critique and speculative science, and pornography, loveless and pleasureless.

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.

I’d go read Reddit comments if I wanted to read t I wish I was able to write a more detailed reaction to this novel, but I feel nothing.