Michel Houellebecq continues to say the unsayable in The Possibility of an Island, but to what end, asks Tim Adams. Michel Houellebecq’s misanthropy is all too evident in his latest, The Possibility of an Island, says Michael Worton. Being thought to be avant garde has its advantages; people take you seriously and pay you shed loads of cash for any old tosh. And you get.

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To ask other readers questions about The Possibility of an Islandplease sign up. In return, their children would not be at all grateful, on the contrary their efforts, however strenuous, would never be considered enough, they would, until the bitter end, be considered guilty because of the simple fact of being parents.

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The Possibility of an Island by Michel Houellebecq

His two clones live an uneventful life as hermits, in a post-apocalyptic future. And really that is where this book starts. You could slot them into the book in most cases, no problem at all, since he has this sense of humanity that defeats them even in their base expression.

Buy the selected items together This item: Oct osland, Celine rated it did not like it Shelves: Because Houellebecq, see, is what’s known as a misanthrope; that far from being a racist, or a sexist, or a homophobe, he simply hates the entirety of humanityevery Full review can be found at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.

Sep 03, Aaron Arnold rated it it was amazing Shelves: In between these two failed relationships—and copious graphic depictions of all forms of sexual activity—Daniel becomes involved with a new age cult, the Elohimiteswho preach, basically, a life of selfish gratification—fully in tune with the times—and of the possibjlity arrival of a benevolent race of advanced aliens, who will soon descend to the earth to bless all their elect with what else?


It could also easily have been condensed into a page novella, but Houellebecq revels in describing the sexual adventures of our protagonist. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Le monde avait trahi. In Houellebecq, we have become so distanced, alienated from any essence, we have become merely plastic objects who should be put out of our misery. What sadness there is in this simple observation! I was wandering among them like some kind of prehistoric monster with my romantic silliness, my attachments, my chains.

Daniel1, like his author, is a satirist with a particularly transgressive act.

Funny and a little unnerving at the same time – could it be that the hipsters have hiuellebecq it right all along? The world of Houellebecq is one of cratered streets, perpetually in the dark because its inhabitants continually and maliciously put of the street lights to impair the ability of others to proceed safely. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

It’s not his prose style either, which on a sentence-by-sentence level is not especially captivating. In a work like this where is the subtext?

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I don’t have an answer but I did find meaning in this book. Be the first to ask a question about The Possibility of an Island. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. While I disagree profoundly with his position that all the major monotheistic religions are based on “texts of hate”, he provides so little evidence to support his view that it is not worth engaging with him on the subject. Dec 04, Jessica rated it liked it Recommends it for: Once a fully working and well-marketed model can operate between all these realms, then humanity becomes neohumanity, and humanity is no more than a then ending whimper.


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Looking forward to reading The Map and the Territory. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Because of this particular ontology, the book is obses There is not a single thing that I enjoy about Houellebecq – and it’s not all his fault.

Introducing the novels of Michel Houellebecq. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Life is one giant ball of suffering, with only the pinpricks of light that sex brings. Our inability to escape doubt and the desire to find an answer to it, or to stop suffering in our habitual pursuit of love,selfishness and violence.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? The problem is the human condition. They killed my dog.

He dies and is cloned over and over again as is his dog. The apparatus of Daniel24’s commentary on his predecessor is often ponderous. They were the salt of the earth, and everything was given to them, everything was permitted for them, everything was possible. They live in a time where the human species is on its last legs or, alternatively, on its first legs, as they have returned to societies of hunter-gatherer tribesdestroyed by climate change and nuclear war.

Railing against a society where everything is sacrificed to the young—with their luscious and virile bodies that Houellebecq describes over and over—he mocks the old—decomposing, sagging and sexually repulsive—who try ever harder, and invest ever more time, houellebfcq a pitiful effort to be young themselves. The future is largely pointless apart from commentating, but it feels nice and is properly insulated.