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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View all 37 comments. I think it’s weak: 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.

Terrified of the idea of space, human beings curl up; they houellebecq cold, they feel afraid. View all 23 comments. Hate them so much too. But I took a deep breath and I switched up my reading soundtrack and I pushed on and am very glad that I did.

This is not a quick read nor is it a pleasure book for houeplebecq casual reader, perhaps looking for social commentary with which quickly to agree. Although I was determined to finish the book, Pqrticulas was not prepared for what a wonderful book this is. There are many topics which are integral to the argument of this book. But that iota of awareness plunges us into greater depression when it is lost. Love it but hate it.

Materialism specifically—the chasm of need instilled within youellebecq who then feel inferior because of genes, the natural process of aging, economic position, etc. On the other hand, in a kind of a quantum mechanical metaphor, there’s his brother Michel, a rational scientist, freed from all these bodily passions, who seems to have given up every hope in humanity, and, influenced by Huxley and eugenics, wants to create an “improved”, asexual version of Homo Sapiens Sapiens. In this book, it helps to be somewhat well grounded in biology as one of the main characters, Michel sic, is a molecular biologist.

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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 unsatisfied in pathetic, heartbreakingly inadequate losers — are you cracking up yet? Houellebecq’s books create controversy to the point that he has ended up in court defending himself and his motivations. Or at least try to. So, after considering it a while, I’d say that this is basically a book about sexual frustration.

Consciousness, genetics, sex, death, physics, religion, cruelty, love, parenthood, childhood, adulthood, happiness, suffering, etc.

Las particulas elementales

Other races will appear, and disappear in turn. Il promit de venir. So why do I like reading Houellebecq novels? And in fact it’s not unreasonable to argue that Houellebecq is being brave too in describing just how humiliating that is for him.

The commodification of family, love and relationships that our post-sexual revolution, consumption oriented world has led to – The Elementary Particles takes aim at the ills of our society, and it’s loaded for bear. See 1 question about The Elementary Particles…. Which, also, will disappear.

The Elementary Particles

Refresh and try again. The book covers so many subjects that I’m sort of dumbfounded and slow to begin relaying them all. The succession of science over religion. His works though, particularly Atomised, have received high praise from the French literary intelligentsia, with generally positive international critical response, Having written poetry and a biography of the horror writer H.


The constant hungering for youth that our teen-obsessed society conjures within us.

At first I thought maybe it’s was just some good old fashioned misogyny, with maybe a little bit of nationalism and Arab hating thrown in, but then something curious happened, the whole of hhouellebecq got thrown into the hate-fest that is this book.

Something about quantum physics.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. So if any readers who take my opinions as any sort of guide end up having trouble with it houellebeca the way, I implore them to press on. It certainly did for me.

He was rich and good looking though, of course, way too shortand he seemed pretty smart but I never patriculas bring myself to kiss him. Which is a reasonable criticism of the whole book in fact. First of all, I like Houellebecq’s unrelenting pessimism. This is what fiction is, and how it works, and I love seeing houellebceq spelled out like that. Can someone kindly make a recommend which of his novels I might want to read first?