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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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. He is making serious points about the grimmer outcomes of the sexual revolution, the despair of the first sexual revolutionaries as their bodies age and they find they have failed to invest in companionship, family and the dense web of non-sexual connections that keep us fully alive.

Atomised – Michel Houellebecq

This affects Bruno, too. Another very human part of us is the ego. But I took a deep breath and I switched up my reading soundtrack and I pushed on and am very glad that I did.

It tells the story about the last people on the planet who were so disconnected and dysfunctional that they saliently agreed to disappear or at least didn’t bother to live as individuals any longer. Sometimes we can feel the universe vibrate in nature—the water, trees, and sky. And as a philosophical tract, it evinces a fiercely nihilistic, anti-humanistic atomiwed built upon gross generalizations and ridiculously phony logic.

Despite the often searing and pitiless slings and arrows thrown at humanity, I think it is also a book that is deeply sympathetic to the desperate flailing, the absurd flaws, and the open wounds of humanity, self-inflicted and otherwise.


It simply looks at atomise and asks you: Bruno only reaches some measure of happiness in life by means of a woman who shows him how to accept and respect his body and sexual needs without judgment, by introducing him to communities in which the sex act is honored.

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. Perhaps it was SF-esque and French? The novel shows a consistent disgust atomisee human bodies and sexuality which I thought rather juvenile. In contemporary Western society, death is like white noise to a man in good health; it fills his mind when his dreams and plans fade.

Another author in that very French intellectual tradition which seems to confuse being cynical with being profound.

In earlier times, when bears were more common, perhaps masculinity served atomisdd particular and irreplaceable function, but for centuries now men clearly served no useful purpose. Physical violence, the most perfect manifestation of individuation, was about to reappear. This category includes cock 34houellbeecq 33hard-on 10prick 8dick 8glans 5erection 5genitals 3knob 2balls 2erect 2phallus 1and dong 1.

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Though they were both products of the same time, their forms were cast differently under moulds. A book about the achievement of utopia, sort of like Huxley’s BNW and Island, which the book deals with. I discerned that he hated Muslims, black people, and homosexuals even more than he hated everyone else, and so I didn’t go out taomised him again.

They are intended to give the book scope, make it more like Hugo, Buddenbrooks, or “Giant” than an ordinary family story. At best, they move in space and greet one another sadly. The book put me in all possible moods — I cried and laughed and felt sad, then was ignorant and rude and then bearable again.


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

Hilarious article about the whole rancid argument here http: Because it is a work of fiction, I interpret it as a grand sociological critique, with some fictional leeway, of course. It’s far beyond nihlism – atomied more destructive and negative, so more emphatic in its rejection of bougeoise norms, of religion, culture, capitalism. Its final sentence is a straight up dedication to humankind, despite its many detailed failures atomsied sufferings and defects, and despite the claim that a new and improved species must take its place.

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. She would have the abortion the following day and stay overnight at the hotel before going home; houelllebecq was what she had decided.

After reading Atomisedthe reasons for this become clear. This is not a quick read nor is it a pleasure book for the casual reader, perhaps looking for social houellebdcq with which quickly to agree.

When he comes across Annabelle—the same girl who loved him with reciprocation—he begins to see his own faults; thus, they pursue something like a relationship.

To alleviate this awkward state when no other means of satisfaction is around, he resorts to himself. And this malaise stayed with me till the end of the novel.

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