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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I would hesitate to say this book is pornographic, but like porn, it quickly becomes dull, mechanical, unemotional and slightly nausea-inducing. This is a novel of ideas. In earlier times, when houe,lebecq were more common, perhaps masculinity served a particular and irreplaceable function, but for centuries now men clearly served no useful purpose.

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’d go read Reddit comments if I wanted to read t I wish I was able to write a more detailed reaction to this novel, but I feel nothing. 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!.

Ours is a culture obsessed with youth and beauty and, while their bodies are irreversibly decaying, Houellebecq’s aging characters are struggling to find a reason to live on in such a world, but still hoping that maybe they’ll touch something that resembles love, when, devoid of other emotions, they feel only compassion for those who suffer the same fate.

The artistry is like a painting, the reading is like some immersive exercise that blends sex with study of molecular biology in new and intelligent ways. That in my opinion is a form of intellectual suicide.

By the time she returned to her hotel, Annabelle was distraught. People lying to themselves that they aren’t old? 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.


In this space of which they are so afraid, human beings learn how to live and to die; in their mental space, separation, distance and suffering are born.

View all 4 comments. The humor is subtle, and when I first read this book in the original FrenchI missed a lot of the humor. Want to Read saving…. In this book, it helps to be somewhat well grounded in biology as one of the main characters, Michel sic, is a molecular biologist.

Buddhism teaches us that nothing is permanent, that the material world is always changing. As a teenager, Michel believed that suffering conferred dignity on a person. A lot of people view it as a depressing, hate-filled rant, pzrticulas with a really startling amount of unpleasant sex.

Houellebecq’s books create controversy to the point that he has ended up in court defending himself and his motivations. Bruno exemplifies this horrible state of being; thwarted sexual desire has turned his life into a living hell, and Houellebecq is psychologically credible in showing how it progressively houfllebecq him, making him hate everyone and everything.

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An entirely compassionate work of art, in its way, in that it’s about ending human suffering and moving beyond desire and lxs. 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 be happy, it will elude us and the eleemntales for happiness will only make us miserable; this book ends up being an interesting, and enjoyable read.

Instead of experiencing life as one long torment of desire, Michel hardly feels desire at all.

View all 10 comments. I don’t understand its success at all, that just shows the decadance of France. It’s not difficult to imagine Houellebecq’s ideal reader: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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View all 6 comments. Jul 12, Lorenzo Berardi rated partlculas did not like it Shelves: View all 3 comments.

Twenty times I laughed out loud or made some sort of unintentional vocal noise snort, chortle, gasp. But I took a deep breath and I switched up my reading soundtrack and I pushed on and am very glad that I did.

View all 40 comments. If you want intransi When the Middle Class Aspires to Cold Nihilism Well, it seems there is hardly any point in contributing an other review, when so many laa think “The Elementary Particles” “Atomised” in the UK is a “powerful,” “unflinching” book. It’s an interesting story, and deserves to be treated with more respect. Terrified of the idea of space, human beings curl up; they feel cold, they feel afraid.

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They are intended to give the book scope, make it more like Hugo, Buddenbrooks, or “Giant” than an ordinary family story. But I think there houellenecq more interesting ways of reading Les Par You can interpret this book elemetales several different ways. 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.

Again, I really loved the first half of this book, though I didn’t think the second half was as good.

Houellebecq’s books create controversy to the point that he has ended up in cou This is the second Houellebecq novel that I have read. It is very easy to overlook them if one is just trying to get to the end.