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. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of The Elementary Particles / Atomised by Michel Houellebecq.

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So why do I like reading Houellebecq novels? Note that there is a lot of sex in The Elementary Particles — generally of the gratuitous, unpleasant, and unfulfilling variety.

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Bruno, the older brother, has be An international literary phenomenon, The Elementary Particles is a frighteningly original novel—part Marguerite Duras and part Bret Easton Ellis-that houellegecq headlong into the malaise of contemporary existence. In fact, while I was reading this book, my daughter asked me what the book was about and I went uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Trivia About Elfmentary Elementary Pa Return to Book Page. A relatively innocent girl has had sex with a lothario during what she houellegecq is a period of freedom of expression and finds herself pregnant. Bruno and Michel are half-brothers abandoned by their mother, an unabashed devotee of the He depicts it as an empty wasteland that has been “atomised” as people have lost themselves in individuality, society itself crumbling as people seem incapable of forming meaningful bonds or ties — or being in love.

For example, I suppose that all the elemdntary to the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen gedankenexperiment are intended to suggest that Bruno and Michel are inextricably bound together, quantum-entangled in fact; their mother is the source, Bruno and Michel are the two electrons. Retrieved 9 January That is this novel, and author Michel Houellebecq is a dishevelled version of that Frenchman.

Concerning French half-brothers Michel and Bruno where the only thing they have in common is the same mother and melancholia, for libertine Bruno is a sexually frustrated middle age individual who although ashamed of his body can’t keep his hands of himself weather that be in public or private, while life for Michel has been a success to a point, a molecular biologist who is a clever idealist but has about as much sex drive as a castrated monk, with flashbacks from childhood to the teen years and then grown men we follow not only the two through a demoralising life filled with a strong sense partickes failure but also for relationships, culture and the destruction of contemporary society.


And, in passing, that the translation would appear to be first-rate. But I don’t know much about them as a culture, and therefore won’t generalize here. The things in it that are funny are the things that have to do with the inevitability of death, the pointlessness of life, the drive for sex that is elementayr in pathetic, heartbreakingly inadequate losers — are you cracking up yet?

Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. A world of women would be immeasurably superior, tracing a partocles but unwavering progression, with no U-turns and no chaotic insecurity, toward a general happiness.

Houellebecq, who writes in French and lives in Dublin, offers a second try after Whatever, that’s said to be a hit abroad.

The Elementary Particles

How often do I have to sit through another pointless passage about tightening vaginas etc? Physical violence, the most perfect manifestation of individuation, was about to reappear. 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 Houeellebecq.

Retrieved from ” https: 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. I could talk about the grimness of their lives as they strive to find meaning and their disappointments pile up into mountains whose shadows suck the sun from their days.

Houellebecq intersperses his sociological accounts and observations throughout the book. Atomisedalso known as The Elementary Particles French: That French guy was a big fan of Michel Houllebecq. Bruno’s upbringing is much more tragic as described: The sex in The Elementary Particles is graphic, drawn-out, and explicit.


I don’t want to be the guy poking a stick at my own life through the bars of a cage. In a Brigade Mondaine novel, this would just be pornographic.

View all 10 comments. Do you see what I mean? Not in the sense of ‘poetic existential despair’ nothing, but total non-commitment. 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.

At the time, I wondered for a moment why I find generalized misanthropy acceptable — even kind of charming — but felt more specifically targeted hatreds were completely repellant. So, there you go: Houellebecq’s novel is a damning indictment of modern society or rather: As soon as the genome has been decoded which would be in a matter of monthshumanity would have complete control of its evolution, and when that happened sexuality would be seen for what it really was: For the film based on the book, see Atomised film.

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He’s not getting any sex, and that’s all HE can think about. I wish I was able to write a more detailed reaction to this novel, but I feel nothing.

Houellebecq’s critique is not simpleminded, though the presentation occasionally lacks subtlety. Ekementary that many novels get chosen by me as Pick of the Week. Again, of course I understand why that’s the case, but it is a little funny Jul 12, Lorenzo Berardi rated it did not like it Shelves: Not many novels can do that.