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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Asexuality and sex addiction, the two offsprings of the sexual liberation of the 60s, are envisioned by the French author in a marriage whose fruit seems to be extremely And in fact it’s houellebscq unreasonable to argue that Houellebecq is being brave too in describing just how humiliating that is for him. It’s probably not an accident that, when Bruno does in the end meet a woman who truly loves him, she’s called Christiane.

Christiane elemfntary at him tenderly, attentively; her eyes were a little tired. Houellebecq’s childhood was very similar to this; the two main characters can be seen as divergent yet related elements of his own self. Consciousness, genetics, sex, elejentary, physics, religion, cruelty, love, parenthood, childhood, adulthood, happiness, suffering, etc. Very moving and more importantly really gets you thinking. It is a brave and disorienting jump — and it is also a too-easy out in a philosophical fiction of this sort.

The German film Elementarteilchen was directed by Oskar Roehlerand had reportedly been sold to distributors in elementaey countries within days of its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. You may not like it; you’re not meant to. Usually when I talk about why I like novels it usually has elfmentary do with the great characters that I identified with or the amazing plot or the entertaining action.

Hilarious houellebfcq about the whole rancid argument here http: Retrieved 31 May From the Trade Paperback edition. Want to Read saving…. About The Elementary Particles 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.

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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. Houellebecq reinforces his point constantly with grisly, sordid, and humiliating descriptions of sex acts.

Which, also, will disappear. Not many novels can do that. The Elementary Particles is a pessimistic not depressing book; a cynical not skeptical one; a realistic not psrticles or dirty one.

The Elementary Particles

You can look at life ironically for years, maybe decades; there are people who seem to go through most of their lives seeing the funny side, but in the end, life always breaks your heart. The psychology isn’t too bad either. Hate them so much too.

The heavens are cold and empty, traversed by the faint light of half-dead stars. This book is a stunning surprise to me as I was properly prepared to dislike it before I picked it up.

Lovecraftin which we find many elements of “The Elementary Particles”. I’m not, you know, depressed or anything, but I can share at least in some part their view of the world as bleak, lonely, and irredeemable except through very brief moments of relieved pain via drinking and sex.

Juxtaposition of many sagging labias and licked cocks which sadly might turn idiots off with mucho genetics-related philosophizing which sadly might turn eelementary off. His characters are analytical about their lives to the point that even moments of joy are destroyed before the character can even experience the happiness.

For against it, the contemporary British novel, with a few, scattered exceptions, suddenly seems timid, bogus, and footling. 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.


It’s not quite Houellebecq Lite, but it’s the least likely to offend. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the elementaey review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole.

Empty creatures evaporate quietly; nobody misses them. Works by Michel Houellebecq. There are many novelists who have their own obsession for sex and some of them are consistently good such as Philip Roth and Ian McEwan; Michel Houellebecq, in my humble opinion, is not. What conferred dignity on people was television.

May 14, sarah rated it it was amazing. Purposefully vicious and perverted to make philosophical points about the unhappy state of humanity. He’s after “big game. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

Nevertheless, the writing is quite beautiful in many places, even though it tends to jump to other characters at different time periods without warning. parricles

The Elementary Particles (Atomised) – Michel Houellebecq

Return to Book Page. It’s an interesting story, and deserves to be treated with more respect. The succession of science over religion. In this book, it helps to be somewhat well grounded in biology as one of the main characters, Michel sic, is a molecular biologist. Houellebecq sees the societal ailments transcending France — grandiosely he says of Annabelle and Michel: Terrified of the idea of space, human beings curl up; they feel cold, they feel afraid.

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.