Lanzarote Hardcover – 3 Jul 2003
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Houellebecq's last two novels have received high profile praise and outrage in equal measure, but just possibly (the manuscript is unavailable) this new one may be read and enjoyed/discarded without great fuss. This is because there are signs of Houellebecq already having set out his vision of the world in previous novels, the pr cis for this having loud echoes of Platform with its discourses on sex, politics and religion through the filter of tourism. However, the religion which features in this tale is the 'azraelian' sect, preparing for humanity to be regenerated by extra-terrestrials. Less controversial-sounding than his views on Islam, but sure to be as fascinating and uncomfortable a read as the previous work of (whatever your opinion of the man) a genuinely remarkable writer.
Hedonism, extra-terrestrials and an exiled police inspector collide in this novel from the internationally bestselling author of Atomised and Submission --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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OK, 'Lanzarote' is a short (very short) story, in which nothing much happens. Whereas it was said of Beckett's greatest play 'nothing happens... twice', it could be argued that in 'Lanzarote' we don't even get double the nothingness. So what do we get?
A taut, well-written, evocative, erotic, snapshot of a brief moment in time. Like the photographs which accompany the novella, the text itself - the story - is one frame abstracted from a complete roll. Where the rest of that roll is, who knows? That isn't important.
Houellebecq speaks as he finds; unlike those British / American (there really isn't much difference these days - they're all racing for the prize) who dare not speak their minds, MH really doesn't seem to care. And that is why his fiction glows so brightly: it has the rare quality of honestly, and of respect.
Sometimes his characters are a little predictable insofar as we have preconceived ideas of national characteristics, but don't all authors and film-makers prey on this? Let's face it, the world is a small place, but 6 billion is an awful lot of people. We can't all be the same, have the same belief systems, despite BushBlair's best efforts.
But this takes us off the point really. The bottom line is that Houellebecq is a lighthouse in the middle of a dull grey sea (metaphorically speaking, obviously - though who knows what he looks like, his picture's not on the cover for whatever reason he sees fit.Read more ›
Lanzarote is worth a visit, especially in winter, but take something else to read, Atomised, or Whatever are better books in my opinion.
I got the impression he couldn't be bothered putting much effort into this book. Just make a quick buck. Needless to say it wouldn't have been published if he wasn't already famous, or infamous. I suggest you read 'Platform' first, if you want the best of Houellebecq.
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As usual MH manages not to leave you have an easy time while reading this. Less sharp than Atomised thought + with the same level of erotism, but compress in under 200 pages.Published on 7 Mar. 2014 by javier
Lanzarote can be read easily enough sat down one evening after dinner. It is very funny and very acutely observed. Read morePublished on 29 Sept. 2012 by M. Hallett
This is possibly the worst book I have ever read - luckily it is very short. I have to assume that it loses everything in the translation from French.Published on 5 Jun. 2011 by Don M
I judge a book by its cover; I also judge it by its author and what he or she has written before, which is why I picked up Lanzarote, along with the rest of Houellebecq's work,... Read morePublished on 23 May 2009 by Richard Kunzmann