It’s not quite Houellebecq Lite, but it’s the least likely to offend. Em ”As Partículas Elementares” (), o seu segundo romance, Michel H Em li dois. Las particulas elementales by Michel Houellebecq, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Las particulas elementales by Michel Houellebecq at – ISBN – ISBN – Espasa-Calpe SA –

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Elementalles all 8 comments. Many will pass him off as a nihilist, racist, pervert and for the mistreatment of women, who has written a lewd and funny work for cheap thrills with the sole aim to offend, I am not having that one bit!. The emotionally unavailable scientist. Yep, really hate them, we don’t say why we just do.

While he begins the book talking about his main character, Michel and then adding his half brother Bruno the perverted guy as well as related and associated characters, the real key to this book is about e,ementales. I wish I was able to write a more detailed reaction to this novel, but I feel nothing.

The Elementary Particles

Years ago, I went out on a few dates with a French guy. The ideal reader would find these to be both nostalgic and informative, like interruptions from a public television documentary. Still, he is asking us to face truths about ourselves, about our history as a species that are critical to examine, but that we so often would rather overlook.

But why does Bruno feel this terrible, and what does it say about our society? This book as well as the other Houellebecq I read, Platform captures the bleak purposeless of modern life better than almost anything I can think of.

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. Good, evil, morality, fine sentiments?

I think he has written that kind of prose — in fact I bet that the excerpts in this book are from his own early manuscripts. The first time it had been painful, but afterward she enjoyed it.

The humor is subtle, and when I first read this book in the original FrenchI missed a lot of the humor. 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. Nov 10, Scott rated it it was amazing Shelves: To say this book is just about sexual frustration is to hugely miss the point.


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 of wealthy Europeans, and that it degenerates somewhat into overly expository and transparently philosophical fake monologues later on in the book. 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.

Houellebecq has some interesting observations about how free-market economics have entered into people’s personal lives; having also read Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine in the near past, this resonated rather well.

Las particulas elementales : Michel Houellebecq :

Another author in that very French intellectual tradition which seems to confuse being cynical with being profound. Trivia About The Elementary Pa It is interesting though from time to time to step back and look at what motivates me without an emotional element attached.

Bruno, the older brother, has become a raucously promiscuous hedonist himself, while Michel is an emotionally dead molecular biologist wholly immersed in the solitude of his work. I generally lose patience with books about epically unhappy people. 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.

Not amateurish darkly funny, because, I mean, this book is dark.

Houellebecq is intellectual and smart and I like his analysis of what motivates people. Now he had to admit that he had been wrong.

Houellebecq does make me uncomfortable at times, but I believe good literature is supposed to make us flinch. If you can handle some pretty graphic sex combined with a story of nihilism, ennui and some hard examination of the consumerist wasteland that is modern Western society, then strap in for a damn fine novel. I recently read Hamsun’s Hunger ; the poor guy in Hamsun is broke and hungry, and no matter what he tries to think about he always comes back to money and food within a few minutes.

To enjoy the act of sex, to love through it, is a purity men cannot seem to houelllebecq on their own. It’s not quite Houellebecq Lite, but it’s the houelllebecq likely to offend. La sombra de la existencia: So why do I like reading Houellebecq novels? But that iota of awareness plunges us into greater depression when it is lost.


The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq

Although I was determined to finish the book, I was not prepared for what a wonderful book this is. It is, nevertheless, a remarkably keen and bitter excoriation of how western civilization managed to turn itself on its ear and embrace its own self-destruction. 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.

It was written, however, that love contains and perfects this law. 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.

It’s probably not an accident that, when Bruno does in the end meet a woman who truly loves him, she’s called Christiane. I’d go read Reddit comments if I wanted to read that. This book is about two half brothers with a terrible mom, and tries to describe and comment on massive transformations in human life and experience.

Hamsun’s very brave about showing how degrading this is for him.

With age, the noise becomes increasingly insistent, like a dull roar with the occasional screech. I would like read the book in English and then in French as well learning French at the moment. Love it but hate “It’s a curious idea to reproduce when you don’t even like life. View all 37 comments. In other words, I was obsessively entranced by the first half, and the second half was just okay.

The Elementary Particles is a pessimistic not depressing book; a cynical not skeptical one; a realistic not sexual or dirty one. Because it is a work of fiction, I interpret it as a grand sociological critique, with some fictional leeway, of course.