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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Terrified of the idea of space, human beings curl up; they feel cold, they feel afraid. Not to mention atrociously written.

I could write about the characters – two brothers, one trying to feel something through a desperate pursuit of sex, the other a coldly sexless intellectual. I think that is really why I like reading Houellebecq’s books because he reminds me actually of how much I like my life, and even though I can make improvements mostly with more informed decisions; I don’t want to spend the bulk of my life over examining my life to the point that I quit living my life. View all 11 comments.

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The more we hold to our youth, to a strict sense of individualism, to life itself and the objects we accumulate, the more painful our existence. This adolescent obsession atomiser a seed deep inside him that started to sprout in his teens and began a weedy infestation in his later years.

It’s an interesting story, and deserves to be treated with more respect. 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 destroys him, making him hate everyone and everything. The only author to get under my skin was the latter—Silverberg—with his persistent sex upon the pages, sometimes it was as coarsely penetrated in the book houellwbecq interest the reader as the actual sex itself.

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This was the book which made it possible for me to become a full-time translator. This category includes come 25ejaculate 8orgasm 6sperm 2and spunk 1. Not that many novels get chosen by me as Pick of the Week. Oh really fuck those houellebedq, especially Deleuze, but make it clear we don’t like any of those guys from the 60’s. Which, also, will disappear. Notify me of new comments via email. If you want a book that actually doesn’t flinch in regarding death, try “Everyman.

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You are commenting using your Twitter account. Consciousness, genetics, sex, death, physics, religion, cruelty, love, parenthood, childhood, adulthood, happiness, suffering, etc. This sci-fi element might be the weakest part of the novel, and while Michel’s story is not as compelling as his brother’s, it’s an interesting juxtaposition – they even seem like two faces of the same person, and having in mind Houellebecq’s biography e.

This type of novel, this quality of work, inspires me to even mention Dan Brown. So the novel does end up as something of a pamphlet, too ponderous in its ideas and theories to succeed fully as a novel, too cranky to take seriously as a pamphlet. Retrieved from ” https: I’ve had this for years, only atoomised it recently, wished I’d read it long ago.

View all 3 comments. Quotes from The Elementary Pa Bruno faces his budding sexuality with emotionlessness and crassness whereas Michel houellebevq impervious to any female attention, even from the most beautiful girl at school.

It is also very funny, and sharply observed; but what makes it great satire, I think, is its childlike capacity for disappointment. She had never thought that sexual pleasure could be that overpowering.

The author could put it in general terms, or he could indirectly suggest it, but a detailed description of how Bruno masturbates over his algebra notes while watching girls on the train drives it home far more effectively: Empty creatures evaporate quietly; nobody misses them.

The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq. For the most part, I think it did do a pretty good job, though I’m not sure I agree with its arguments and conclusions. Because it is a work of fiction, I interpret it as a grand sociological critique, with some fictional leeway, o This book is a stunning surprise to me as I was properly prepared to dislike it before I picked it up.


At the time, Houellebecq was a virtual unknown even in France. But if you’re not convinced by the intrusion of a voice from television documentaries, if you’re not shocked by stories about snuff nouellebecq, boys molesting other boys, or characters endlessly jerking off I wonder how many orgasms there are in the book: In fact, while I was reading this book, my daughter asked me what the book was about and I went uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

It is only through the women in the novel that sex, love, and spirituality are seen as one. View all 37 comments. He’s just saying that the pain that sex and love cause people is such that you’re willing to consider an extreme solution in order to escape from it.

I think, based on this book, that Houllebecq wrestles with a lot of the questions most significant to the time we’re upon. May 06, Rositsa Zlatilova rated it it was amazing Shelves: Published November 13th by Vintage first published The Epilogue really clarifies so much that precedes it.

The part of the novel I found least engaging was the thread that followed Michel, Bruno’s half-brother. Secondly, the book is darkly funny. Bruno’s plight is similar. Bruno may not be a connoisseur or fine wines, cigars, or even women, but he knows he ayomised enjoy one thing in life: This is a brave and rather magnificent book. There are many topics which are integral to the argument of this book.

Aug 27, Kaloyana rated it it was amazing.

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