Atomised [Michel Houellebecq] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Half-brothers Michel and Bruno have a mother in common but little else. Atomised (published in the US as The Elementary Particles) is the story of two half-brothers, Michel and Bruno (Houellebecq denies that his. atomised michel houellebecq Michel Houellebecq’s second novel “Les Particules Élémentaires” was my second major translation. At the time.

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And as a philosophical tract, it evinces a fiercely nihilistic, anti-humanistic vision built upon gross generalizations and ridiculously phony logic.

This is a novel of ideas.

I would hesitate to say this book is pornographic, but like porn, it quickly becomes dull, mechanical, unemotional and slightly nausea-inducing. Though I’m also warning you that it could significantly advance the date of your demise.

Houellebecq is someone who’s never done anything, who’s never really desired anything, who never wanted to look at others. I felt very sorry for poor Christiane; it was already clear that things couldn’t possibly work houellebeqc well.

And it’s here that Houellebecq drives his message home with a deep and meaningful account of the passage of change and ultimate pressures of finding a houellebceq to exist in modern times. Think– a long, cold autumn afternoon sipping coffee and reading “Never Let Me Go.

Atomised – Michel Houellebecq

But if I though it was unlike any novel I had ever read, my report also said: One does not want to examine his ideas on race too deeply, just yet. As for the signs of the times and the path of their respective lives, Michel almost seems immobile, stationary, solid against he flow of time and its social effects on Western civilization; for him, the progress of science and those small revolutions are the impetus for him to continue to study and make his own big revolution.

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If you want intransigent, pithecoid hatred of the human condition, read Celine. 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. For the concept in particle physics, see Elementary particle. Concerning French half-brothers Michel and Bruno where the only thing th Daringly original and yes, ludicrously filthy!

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.

These cynical rants against humanity are really all the same, aren’t they? The Epilogue makes a huge difference in how one might view it on the whole.

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I don’t think, however, that we need to discuss whether Michel’s idea makes scientific sense; I don’t believe Houellbecq is seriously saying that we should find a way to evolve away from sex, any more than Brecht in The Tutor is seriously suggesting autocastration as a solution.

Buddhism teaches us that nothing is permanent, that the material world is always changing. It’s all here in this eggheady gloom festival. Or at least try to. And in fact it’s not unreasonable to argue that Houellebecq is being brave too in describing just how humiliating that is for him. Hamsun’s very brave about showing how degrading this is for him.

The come in all shapes and size so they naturally fascinate him as an adolescent and as an adult. Another very human part of us is the ego. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: 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: From time to time someone comes up with better equipment and they give him the Nobel Prize.


The Elementary Particles

If you want a book that actually doesn’t flinch in regarding death, try “Everyman. After a disastrous publicity tour for this book, which led to his being taken to court for inciting racial hatred, he went to Ireland to write.

This book is a consummate sociological description and commentary of the second half of the twentieth century’s social revolution in western culture.

The only manifestation of these acts is internal for him as it appeases his ego or libido, or something his ego-libido. The commodification of family, love and relationships that our post-sexual revolution, consumption oriented world has led to – The Elementary Particles takes aim at the ills of our society, and it’s loaded for bear.

I mean of course I understand why I think that, but how rational is it? If you want genuine existential disorientation, read Sartre. They are intended to give the book scope, make it more like Hugo, Buddenbrooks, or “Giant” than an ordinary family story.

I wasn’t very convinced by any of this, partly because Houellebecq seems to be aatomised that biologists have spent a lot of time wondering about why it is that sexual reproduction is a good idea. Retrieved 9 January The endless, repetitive style, which is completely unengaging and flat; the unemotional dialogue; the cynicism and satirisation of a 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.

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