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on 29 October 2015
Michel Houellebecq is a man who does not do things by halves and I have just finished re-reading Atomised (also known as The Elementary Particles).
Having also recently read Submission, Platform, The Map and The Territory and Lanzarote I was glad I finished with this book.
Compared to his other books, Atomised is way more concerned with sex, aging and the inevitable decline of the libido. Yes there is a lot of sex in this book but Houellebecq rushes between base concerns to heady treatise's on quantum physics, psyho-analysis and the disintegration of family values. He is clearly a man with a lot on his mind and must surely receive some form of release from his writings, you can feel the frustration, anger and despondency seeping through his writing.
However, and this is the cincher, it isn't all navel-gazing and moping. Houellebecq is a very, very funny writer and his acidic, sardonic attacks on various nations, characters and ways of thinking are hilarious, if not a little un-PC. This certainly lightens the load a little and makes for a very entertaining and mature read.
I would recommend the reader to simply dive in and enjoy this for what it is, Houellebecq is feted as a literary genius and, despite the fluff and flannel, he is an absolutely brilliant writer and enthralling to read.