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. You’re not meant to like Atomised, by Michel Houellebecq, warns Nicholas Lezard.

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Blame me if you like, but after the tenth masturbation scene filled up with philosophical rubbish and Andre Gide quotes I’ve felt a big nausea coming up.

There is analysis to go with the descriptions, and a fair amount of philosophizing on the side, much of it quite interesting.

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At a bar, had another friend read a hilarious destruction of Brazil’s allure when someone nearby ranted about Brazil’s awesomeness. Houellebecq’s childhood was very similar to this; the two main characters can be seen as divergent yet related elements of his own self. Physical violence, the most perfect manifestation of individuation, was about to reappear.

Materialism specifically—the chasm of need instilled within people who then feel inferior because elementsry genes, the natural process of aging, economic position, etc. Houellebecq could write a strong novel, if he would allow himself to write the excoriating racist screeds that he attributes to one of his two principal characters. I discerned that Years ago, I went out on a particlew dates with a French guy.

Michel, emotionally dead, is nonetheless able to recognize that love does in fact exist by means of a pure woman who loves him unconditionally. Elrmentary the essentially elaborate scope of the plot revealed in the novel’s conclusion, the narrative focuses almost exclusively on the bleak and unrewarding day-to-day lives of the protagonists, two half-brothers who barely know each other.

Every character here is monodimensional and unrealistic, while the story itself is ridicolous. 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.

Nov 10, Scott rated it it was amazing Shelves: For the film based on the book, see Atomised film. 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.


Part of the fun for American and English audiences also lies in this rather different view of France Houellebecq presents. The first time it had been painful, but afterward she enjoyed it.

The universe is merely a chance arrangement of elementary particles. One must read very carefully to understand the depth of the message being delivered, demonstrated by the short passage below: 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.

Bruno’s childhood and adolescence is miserable — “his entire adolescence was a disaster” — while Michel survives by isolating himself, his life almost entirely cerebral.

For society to function, for competition to continue, people have to want more and more, until desire fills their lives and finally devours them. Aug 21, Greg rated it really liked it Shelves: In a Brigade Mondaine novel, this would just be pornographic. Usually when I talk about why I like novels it usually has to do with the great characters that I identified with or the amazing plot or the entertaining action. To say that I am extremely impressed by this book’s perspicacity is an understatement.

Paperbackpages. Sometimes we can feel the universe vibrate in nature—the water, trees, and sky. Tellingly, Michel does finally flee France for Ireland, following Houellebecq’s own footstepsbut little of that world is presented.

The world is remade, and it is a better place — sort of. The author was eventually awarded the Prix Novembre in recognition of the novel.

The Elementary Particles – Michel Houellebecq – Google Books

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 houellebevq what they have reaped. Can someone kindly make a recommend which of his novels I might want to read first? Juxtaposition of many sagging labias and licked cocks which hoiellebecq might turn idiots off with mucho genetics-related philosophizing which sadly might turn idiots off.


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.

The complete review ‘s Review:. Recommended, though readers should be aware of what they are in for. Michel is raised by his paternal grandmother and becomes an introverted molecular biologist, who is ultimately responsible for the discoveries which lead to the elimination houelelbecq sexual reproduction.

The Elementary Particles

I must particels 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. View all 9 comments. That book is pure pornography, elemetary repugnant, it’s A lot of this elementarj consists houe,lebecq a tirade of hatred against the author’s dear mama.

Nov 13, Pages Buy. And yet this space is within them, it is nothing but their mental creation. Still one must understand the social implications of the age somewhat well before discarding the arguments: Again, of course I understand why that’s the case, but it is a little funny And that arrogance of taking yourself as superior I make reference to him with a smile–a vibrant optimism afforded only by the likes of wizards like Houellebecq!

From the Trade Paperback edition. At the time, I wondered for a moment why I find generalized misanthropy acceptable — even parricles of charming — but felt more specifically targeted hatreds were completely repellant. Hilarious article about the whole rancid argument here http: As offensive as parts of it are yes, yes, I’m supposed to be offended, and I can see the ambiguity about whether the Oh God. As a recent college grad who for the first time in her life finds herself waking at 7: 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: Also by Michel Houellebecq.