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4.0 out of 5 stars
21stC Lit at its Best? Yeah, 7 Aug. 2006
Really, really daring, this book is. It even dares to be racist, which in our woolly-liberal artsy culture, is never done. It dares to cut thru taboos, such as indifference towards one's family and its take on the Thai sex trade is anything but moralistic, it is evenly and honestly handled. And that's precisely it, Houellebecq is honest, and we need honest writers, because they prove that literature isn't all about stylistic posturing, but that there is actually a reality, a beating heart under the typescript.