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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The emotionally unavailable scientist. Masterbation fodder, or else just more fucking people. One were the ethics are based on total shit as an imperative.

Las particulas elementales

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In fact, while I was reading this book, my elementalez asked me what the book was about and I went uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Love it but hate “It’s a curious idea to reproduce when you don’t even like life. Daringly original and yes, ludicrously filthy! Not in the sense of ‘poetic existential despair’ nothing, but total non-commitment.

The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq

One of those laugh-if-you-don’t-want-to-cry things. 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!. This is the second Houellebecq novel that I have read. View all 9 comments. Michel, emotionally dead, is nonetheless able to recognize that love does in fact exist by means of a pure woman who loves him unconditionally.

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This is what fiction is, and how it works, and I love seeing it spelled out like that. The part hhouellebecq the novel I found least engaging was the thread that followed Michel, Bruno’s half-brother.

La sombra de la existencia: Sample quote “If it hadn’t been my son, I wouldn’t read that kind of crap, I would put it down straight away, because if there’s one thing I detest in the world it’s pornography.

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. Without her he cannot sustain the joy of his being. 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.


Although I was determined to finish the book, I was not prepared for what a wonderful book this is. A subtle but definitive change had occurred in Western Society during andBruno thought to himself…During those years when he was desperately trying to fit in, Western society had tipped toward something dark and dangerous.

I’m not, you know, depressed or anything, but I can share at least in some part their view of the world as bleak, lonely, and irredeemable except through very brief moments of relieved pain via drinking and sex. No longer evolving, indeed humanity is devolving as a result: Think– a long, cold autumn afternoon sipping coffee and reading “Never Let Me Go. An entirely compassionate work of art, in its way, in that it’s about ending human suffering and moving beyond desire and death.

Which will end with the inevitable: Hate them so much too. So why do I like reading Houellebecq novels? View all 37 comments. I must admit I got completely carried away, while the trick he pullled in the epilogue had me looking for my mind cause yeah, I suddenly felt it missing.

So if any readers who take my opinions as any sort of guide end up having trouble with it along the way, I implore them to press on. Concerning French half-brothers Michel and Bruno where the only thing th Daringly original and yes, ludicrously filthy! For example, I suppose that all the references 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.

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View all 23 comments. If you want genuine existential disorientation, read Sartre. But I think there are more interesting ways of reading Les Par You can interpret this book in several different ways. A world of women would be immeasurably superior, tracing elemenrales slower but unwavering progression, with no U-turns and no chaotic insecurity, toward a general happiness.

A sourpuss Houellebecq might be, but he is a damn talented sourpuss, and I rate this novel as one of the greatest of the late 20th Century, a book that I think will hold its own as a great work of its time and be read in future decades, much as we still read The Outsideror The Catcher in the Rye. Years ago, I went out on a few dates with a French guy. Here’s another example of how the graphic descriptions of sex are not as gratuitous as they first appear.

I think it’s weak: To view it, click here. And though he does introduce a sort of twisted and intelligent hope by the end, it is not reassuring.

The Elementary Particles

I generally lose patience with books about epically unhappy people. If you elementaales this novel shocking, you might consider just how immersed in the “endless middle classes” you really are: View all 6 comments.

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. Thirdly — okay, yes, the book is misogynistic, maybe kind of racist, certainly anti-religion — but at least Houellebecq is fair. An international literary phenomenon, The Elementary Particles is a frighteningly original novel—part Marguerite Duras and part Bret Easton Ellis-that leaps headlong into the malaise of contemporary existence.

Our bodies, driven by animalistic desires that translate into religious or spiritual disgrace, only cause suffering.