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Has he mellowed?,
This review is from: The Map and the Territory (Hardcover)
After the mind-numbingly boring Possibility of an Island, The Map and the Territory is a welcome return to form of the Twenty-First Century's leading misanthrop. Saying that, for Houellebecq this tome is relatively upbeat, certainly his lightest work since the enjoyable novella Lanzarote. The Map and the Terroritory finds Houellebecq making his own critique of the conceptual art world and the fatuous who populate it. The book follows the professional life of a millionaire Parisian artist called Jed, who approaches "the writer" Michel Houellebecq for a portrait as part of his latest exhibtion. Through this character Houellebecq pokes fun at both himself and also his media persona, an interesting exercise of art imitating life. Though he appears to have mellowed, the Enfant Terrible of French literature still has a capacity to shock, in particular when describing his character's own grisely demise and a surprisingly heart-warming description of Bischon dogs.
Camp Bell Mark