Atomised [Michel Houellebecq] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Half-brothers Michel and Bruno have a mother in common but little else. Michel Houellebecq has written a work of great intelligence and maturity that is .. when so many people think “The Elementary Particles” (“Atomised” in the UK) . Half-brothers Michel and Bruno have a mother in common but little else. Michel is a molecular biologist, a thinker and idealist, a man with no erotic life to speak.

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In the prologue Houellebecq writes that France “was sliding slowly, ineluctably, into the ranks of the less developed countries”, a statement of such incredible stupidity that it takes ones breath away France remains one of the world’s wealthiest and best-developed countries, and at least on the development scale literacy, technology, health-care the French have never been as well off as they are now — or so far ahead of so many other nations.

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English Choose a language for shopping. Pero al menos es coherente. I needed something else to read until I got a copy of Dave Eggers’ What is the Whatand this had got a lot of raves. Here’s another example of how the graphic descriptions of sex are not as gratuitous as atomizev first appear.

Part of the fun for American and English audiences also lies in this rather different view of Xtomized Houellebecq presents. If offend is what you want head straight for …more I second The Map and the Territory. A friend gave me The Elementary Particles as a present and I somehow find this symbolic — it opposes all the hatred, unhappiness and suffering described in the book. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

Hoellebcq is clearly a formidable and disciplined writer even if he’s a total mope. Houellebecq agrees that sex is central to society — that’s why there is so much of hkuellebecq in this book — but he certainly takes a dim view of it or rather: So far, I’m as close to tossing this book away unfinished as I have ever been. This is what fiction is, and how it works, and I love seeing it spelled out like that.


Empty creatures evaporate quietly; nobody misses them.

Cultural norms and customs bind the single person in a complex web of ways of doing things and a common shared worldview. Erotica it ain’t, and often it is downright off-putting. Okay, I decided I would take a go at actually justifying houellrbecq 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. In press interviews, she promised that “if he has the misfortune of sticking my name on anything again he’ll get my walking stick in his face and that’ll knock his teeth out.

In the words of Chuck: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Post-war France was a difficult and troubled society and Janine had stopped reading Heisenberg’s autobiography and had relentlessly pursued the nomadic modern by having two sons by different fathers. It’s not difficult to imagine Houellebecq’s ideal reader: The longueur of French academic life.

Published November 13th by Vintage first published One can only surmise that the inability to be struck by this portrayal indicates that one is too deeply inured in our present societal cancer to understand the significance of our social engineering experiments and what they have reaped.

Yet there are moments here that render human unhappiness and dissatisfaction so precisely and so completely that I found myself almost brought to tears when reading them, especially when Hoellebecq writes about unhappy childhoods, which he captures brilliantly.

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 ahomized 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. The two brothers are separated entities who houellebecqq to the same sphere of humanity. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. He is right; although Atomised also makes you wonder if other, ordinary writers have the coordination even to do the Shake ‘n’ Vac, let alone hunt fictional rabbits.


Christiane looked at him tenderly, attentively; her eyes were a little tired. Something about quantum physics. Without her he cannot sustain the joy of his being.

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And human actions are just as random and senseless as the movements of elementary particles. Sexuality, for Michel, is an inconvenient passage before death. View all 7 comments. Note that there is a lot of sex in The Elementary Particles — generally atomozed the gratuitous, unpleasant, and unfulfilling variety. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

I capitoli che vedono protagonista Bruno hanno mi hanno ricordato un po’ Fantozzi o qualche canzone di Elio e prendono decisamente in contropiede strappando amarissime ma fragorose risate. Bruno eventually finds love but it is short-lived. Jan 28, MJ Nicholls rated it really liked it Shelves: And human actions are just as random and senseless as the movements of elementary particles.

Monday 31 December If you want the thrill of a science-fiction ending in which humans are regarded as wonderful but primitive things of a happily discarded past, watch “Star Trek. Such people in ancient Greece were known as idiots.