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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as shocking as Atomised but still very good, 7 Oct 2003
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This book does not have the visceral power to shock and move of Atomised had there is no sign that the author intended it to. It is a clinical analysis of what has gone wrong with our personal relationships in the West and, from that point of view, deeply sad. The narrative's internal logic draws the reader in so that, by the time the narrator's, and reader's world, is shattered at the end of the book it comes as a shock to remember that the moral structure of the narrator's life would be repugnant to a religious fundamentalist of any hue. I wonder, in fact, if this book is his comment on September 11th, or, more generally, the clash of civilisations, as Huntingdon termed it. More specifically, perhaps we are all forgetting the Bali bombing in which Muslim fundamentalists targetted a symbol of the sort of lifestyle that H describes, in a similar location to the Thailand of the book.
Anyone who has friends between the ages of thirty and fifty will surely recognise the predicament of the characters in the book with regard to personal and sexual relationships. H also uses sexuality as a metaphor for pleasure and the pursuit of happiness in general in a world where evrything has been given an economic value and been marketed accordingly.
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Initial post: 7 Nov 2013 17:04:03 GMT
It was written and published in France before September 11th and the Bali bombing.
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