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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The sex in The Elementary Particles is graphic, drawn-out, and explicit. One perspective into the sexual revolution is through the brother Bruno. Despite the essentially elaborate scope of the plot revealed in the novel’s conclusion, the narrative focuses almost exclusively on the bleak and unrewarding day-to-day lives of the protagonists, two half-brothers who barely know each other.

I finger and flip through the pages while enjoying the unfolding story with its characters, plots, and subtleties.

The Elementary Particles

From the Trade Paperback edition. Which, also, will disappear. This type of novel, this quality of work, inspires me to even mention Dan Brown. Refresh and try again. He’s not getting any sex, and that’s all HE can think about.

Not many novels can do that. So far, I’m as close to tossing this book away unfinished as I have ever been. The novel sold hundreds of thousands of copies and propelled Houellebecq into the French intellectual and literary spotlight during the summer and autumn of One interesting angle is that the book contrasts the materialistic world-view that has him in its jaws against the traditional Christian world-view.

One summary of an experiment leads him to state that “random mutation seemed more efficient hourllebecq natural selection”. I generally lose patience with books about epically unhappy people. In AprilHouellebecq’s estranged mother, Lucie Ceccaldi, returned to Elementafy to publish The Innocent Onea rebuttal of his alleged mis-characterization of her parenting as contained in the novel.


It also reminded me of Martin Amis. Using the texts I write is at your own risk since I have no competence of any kind in literature. 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.

There can only be one ending for such misery. That is this novel, and author Michel Houellebecq is a dishevelled version of that Frenchman. He was born an adult.

Atomised – Michel Houellebecq

There are some moments of wit, but in general the prose style is merely functional. Sep 21, Bookfreak rated it it was amazing.

I disagree with him on that point.

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. If you can handle some pretty graphic sex combined with a story of nihilism, ennui and some hard examination pafticles the consumerist wasteland that is modern Western society, then strap in for a damn fine novel.

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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. They lived apart most of their lives and only began to know each other when they unknowingly attended the same school.

He has the knowledge, skills, and the right job, now all he needs is time so that he can make the world a eleentary place… literally. May 06, Rositsa Zlatilova rated it it was amazing Shelves: Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? The book covers so many subjects that I’m sort of dumbfounded and slow to begin relaying them all. Meanwhile, Michel continues to live what is basically “a purely intellectual existence”, without love and without even much friendship.


These cynical rants against humanity are really all the houelldbecq, aren’t they? I’ve had this for years, only read it recently, wished I’d read it long ago. In contrast to Bruno is his half-brother Michel, who is more introverted and interested in the fields of science rather than the fields of flesh.

Was it possible to think of Bruno as an individual? The film focuses on Michael Michael Djerzinski and Bruno and their disturbed sexuality. His life continues to be sordid and pathetic, “a melodrama where the characters were babes and dogs, hot guys and bitches.

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. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The longueur of French academic life. View all 40 comments.

Bruno also meets an appropriate mate in Christiane, though there is still quite some emptiness there as they look for fulfillment by joining other couples in group sex and the like. If you find this novel shocking, you might consider just how immersed in the “endless middle classes” you really are: It’s an interesting story, and deserves to be treated with more respect.

Bruno actually marries hoouellebecq has a child, but the marriage naturally fails and his relationship with his son also looks doomed. The more we hold to our youth, to a strict sense of particlex, to life itself and the objects we accumulate, the more painful our existence.