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No longer evolving, indeed humanity youellebecq devolving as a result: So, there you go: This article is about the novel by Michel Houellebecq.

Our bodies, driven by animalistic desires that translate into religious or spiritual disgrace, only cause suffering. Michhel her he cannot sustain the joy of his being. His characters, inevitably middle aged Frenchmen, usually live lives of despair and ennui, often mysogynistically trying and failing to find joy in sex, money, success, etc.

He depicts it as an empty wasteland that has been “atomised” as people have lost themselves in individuality, society itself crumbling as people seem incapable of forming meaningful bonds or ties — or being in love.

Houellebecq does make me uncomfortable at times, but I believe good literature is supposed to make us flinch. This book as well as the other Houellebecq I read, Platform captures the ble Okay, I decided I would take a go at actually justifying my rating for this book, rather than just make half-hearted apologies at my preference for a so-absurdly misogynistic and, let’s be frank, pornographic novel.

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There are no Coelho moments of saccharine transcendence or reflection, no patronising rom-com redemptions. Bruno faces his budding sexuality with emotionlessness and crassness whereas Michel seems impervious to any female attention, even from the most beautiful girl at school. This book is a stunning surprise to me as I was properly prepared to dislike it before I picked it up.


But I took a deep breath and I switched up my reading soundtrack and I pushed on and am very glad that I did. In some of the most curious scenes in this novel Houellebecq disposes of these two women.

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It’s not an horror story. Return to Book Page. Even if it did, cloning only ensures that the exact genome is preserved, not the person.

Tellingly, Michel does finally flee France for Ireland, following Houellebecq’s own footstepsbut little of that world is presented. Consciousness, genetics, sex, death, physics, religion, cruelty, love, parenthood, childhood, adulthood, happiness, suffering, etc.

Houellebecq reinforces his point constantly with grisly, sordid, and humiliating descriptions of sex acts.

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Sometimes we can feel the universe vibrate in nature—the water, trees, and sky. Retrieved 31 May But through all of this hate and the depressing feelings of the total waste of life we all are, and the simple 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. View all 4 comments. All of these experiences that could conceivably last one blissful, insatiable sitting the novels that are not considered novellas, that is — this is one of ’em.

If I hadn’t been so sure of the author’s satirical commentary on modern society and its danger of decline, I would have been tempted to fall down the stairs myself in a wheelchair after reading it! His characters are analytical about their lives to the point that even moments of joy are destroyed before the character can even experience the happiness.


How is this science fiction? For the most part, I think it did do a pretty good job, though I’m not sure I agree with its arguments and conclusions.

Save the e-mails from academic institutions and research facilities abroad that Michel receives and some xenophobic rants there does not even seem to be much of an outside world. This book is no exception. Share your thoughts with other customers. Which, also, will disappear. Pero al menos es coherente. 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.

Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers. Houellebecq mi pare uno che non mkchel accontenta, che cerca la perfezione.

The aimlessness of modern middle class life. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole.

Par cet aspect, cela peut rappeler Candide de Voltaire. Hate them a lot. Years ago, I went out on a few dates with a French guy. He’s after “big game. Jun 24, Fabian rated it it was amazing. Christiane looked at him tenderly, attentively; her eyes were a little tired. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Secondly, the book is darkly funny.

Further, Houellebecq gives an heuristic account of houellebec Western civilization goes in the atomuzed future.