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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So, after considering it a while, I’d say that this is basically a book about sexual frustration. He’s just saying that the pain that sex and love cause people is such that you’re willing to consider an extreme solution in order to escape from it.

But if you’re not convinced by the intrusion of a voice from television documentaries, if you’re not shocked by stories about snuff films, boys molesting other boys, or characters endlessly jerking off I wonder how many orgasms there are in the book: 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. I mean of course I understand why I think that, but how rational is it?

At first I thought maybe it’s was just some good old fashioned misogyny, with maybe a little bit of nationalism and Arab hating thrown in, but then something curious happened, the whole of society got thrown into the hate-fest that is this book.

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He explores the sexual lives of his characters sometimes in great detail. Materialism specifically—the chasm of need instilled within people who then feel inferior because of genes, the natural process of aging, economic position, etc. But it brought Houellebecq into the public eye and set the stage for his later books, so it’s worth reconsidering.

I discerned that Years ago, I went out on a few dates with a French guy. In this book, it helps to be somewhat well grounded in biology as one of the main characters, Michel sic, is a molecular biologist.


I’m about half way through this book, which I picked up on a whim after finishing the excellent Blindness by Jose Saramago. Houellebecq’s childhood was very similar to this; the two main characters can be seen as divergent yet related elements of his own self.

The Elementary Particles

Every character here is monodimensional and unrealistic, while the story itself is ridicolous. At a certain point I decided that he wasn’t a regular charming misanthrope: My favorite thing about The Elementary Particles was the way that it would constantly pull back from the story of its characters to tie their experiences to generalized historical and biological trends.

Buddhism teaches us that nothing is permanent, that the material world is always changing. Nov 18, Paul Bryant rated it liked it Shelves: You may remain convinced that Houellebecq is wrong in his relentlessly bleak assessment of society and human nature.

I must admit I 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.

I discerned that he hated Muslims, black people, and homosexuals even more than he hated everyone else, and so I didn’t go out with him again. Masterbation fodder, or else just more fucking people. Review corrected and re-edited in September View all 3 comments.

That is this novel, and author Michel Houellebecq is a dishevelled version of that Frenchman. I finger and flip through the pages while enjoying the unfolding story with its characters, plots, and subtleties. Bruno’s plight is similar. It is also very funny, and sharply observed; but what makes it great satire, I think, is its childlike capacity for disappointment.

A lot of this book consists of a tirade of hatred against the author’s dear atomises. At the time, I wondered for a moment why I find generalized misanthropy acceptable — even kind of charming — but felt more specifically targeted hatreds were completely repellant. Some of this contact progress to the stage of procreation, which houelleebecq what humans also need to do: Concerning French half-brothers Michel and Bruno where the only thing th Daringly original and yes, ludicrously filthy!

Books by Michel Houellebecq. To say atomisfd I am extremely impressed by this book’s perspicacity is an understatement.

Mostly exposition with suggestions of scenes, few conventionally dramatized via dialogue. Anyway, this train 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. He writes passages that could be construed as racist. And that arrogance of taking yourself as superior The longueur of French academic life. It could have been halved and houel,ebecq still atokised have been too much.


Atomised – Michel Houellebecq

What on earth were men for, Michel wondered as he watched sunlight play across the curtains. For example, I suppose that all the references to the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen gedankenexperiment are intended to suggest that Bruno and Michel are inextricably bound together, quantum-entangled in fact; their mother is the source, Bruno and Michel are the two electrons. That book is pure pornography, it’s repugnant, it’s crap.

He exposes himself to a girl in the class to which he teaches literature; he is sent to a mental institution as was Houellebecq, if not for the same reason.

This category includes blow 11suck 10jerk 6fellate 4hand-job 2. But if I though it was unlike any novel I had ever read, my report also said: There are houellebfcq novelists who have their own obsession for sex and some of them are consistently This book brought me to laughter.

Aubyn’s The Patrick Melrose Novels which I never got around to reviewing properly both in that it’s about the extraordinarily fucked-up children atpmised wealthy Europeans, and that it degenerates somewhat into overly expository and transparently philosophical fake monologues later on in the book.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. There is only egotism. 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 every hope in humanity, and, influenced by Huxley and eugenics, wants to create an “improved”, asexual version of Homo Sapiens Sapiens.

Michel experiences a revival of interest, too, as he sees himself at forty without a soul to care about him aside from his brother and his boss atpmised the research institute.

He has the knowledge, skills, and the right job, now all he needs is time so that he can make the world a better place… literally.