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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The novel moves between the two stories of Bruno and Michel, occasionally interweaving as the brothers meet and talk. To say that I am extremely impressed by this book’s perspicacity is an understatement. For the most part they assuaged their boredom playing tennis, which was a lesser evil; but from time to time they felt the need to change history —which basically meant inciting revolutions or wars.

But I think there are more interesting ways of reading Les Particuleswhich show that it’s not as pointless as it first appears. View all 7 comments. Houellebecq intersperses his sociological accounts and observations throughout the book.

This affects Bruno, too.

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Notify me of new comments via email. Hate them so much too. Existential, cultural, scientific, philosophical, historical, etc. Sometimes we can feel the universe vibrate in nature—the water, trees, and sky. I generally lose patience with books about houellebecs unhappy people.

Further, Houellebecq gives an heuristic account of where Western civilization goes in the fictional future.

Not that many attomised get chosen by me as Pick of the Week. Because it is a work of fiction, I interpret it as a grand sociological critique, with some fictional leeway, of course.

I discerned that Years ago, I went out on a few dates with a French guy. One perspective into the sexual revolution is through the brother Bruno. Can someone kindly make a recommend which of his novels I might want to read first?

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Oh really houeplebecq those guys, especially Deleuze, but make it clear we don’t like any of those guys from the 60’s. Bruno has just spent a very happy week with Christiane, but must leave: That book is pure pornography, it’s repugnant, it’s A lot of this book consists of a tirade of hatred against the author’s dear mama.

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Michel turns out to be a hero who rescues the human race from itself; his solution is a gauntlet Houellebecq throws down to all of us. This is a bold and unsettling portrait of a society falling apart: Not to mention atrociously written. Some of it is easy to recognize, even when unpleasant, but there are other issues which require us to hang our heads at the plausibility that this is even human behavior.

His motives, values and desires did not distinguish him ohuellebecq his contemporaries in any way.

View all 5 comments. This book brought me to laughter. Michel experiences a revival of interest, too, as he sees himself at forty without a stomised to care about him aside from his brother and his boss at the research institute.

Good, evil, morality, fine sentiments? Think– a long, cold autumn afternoon sipping coffee and reading “Never Let Me Go.

The Elementary Particles is grotesque and fantastical, full of loony physics, half-baked history and sociobiology, bad verse and sputtering misanthropy. View all 23 comments. I would hesitate to say this book is pornographic, but like porn, it atomsed becomes dull, mechanical, unemotional and slightly nausea-inducing.

Sep 21, Bookfreak rated it it was amazing. The way Houellebecq combines science and sociology is amazingly intelligent and deliciously dizzying. If offend is what you want head straight for …more I second The Map and the Territory.

Houellebcq continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Bruno, the main character, has an extremely active libido, but is unfortunately not at all attractive; he’s fat, ugly and lacks charm.

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The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq

Years ago, I went out on a few dates with a French guy. To say this book is just about sexual frustration is to hugely miss the point. When the Middle Class Aspires to Cold Nihilism Well, it seems there is hardly any point in contributing an other review, when so many people think “The Elementary Particles” “Atomised” in the UK is a “powerful,” “unflinching” book.

I was holding a solid four star rating of this in my head until the final leg of the journey, around Section Three and the Epilogue. To admirers he is a writer in the tradition of literary provocation that reaches back to the Marquis de Sade and Baudelaire; to detractors he is a peddler, who writes vulgar sleazy literature to shock.

The part of the novel I found least engaging was the thread that followed Michel, Bruno’s half-brother. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In earlier times, when bears were more common, perhaps masculinity served a particular and irreplaceable function, but for centuries now men clearly served no useful purpose. This book is about two half brothers with a terrible mom, and tries to describe and comment on massive transformations in human life and experience.

Aside from the senseless suffering they caused, revolutions and wars destroyed the best of the past, forcing societies to rebuild from scratch. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.