- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (3 Jun. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 009944836X
- ISBN-13: 978-0099448365
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lanzarote Paperback – 3 Jun 2004
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"Reads like a dream" (Time Out)
"Tremendously enjoyable" (Times Literary Supplement)
"Houellebecq captures the spirit of the age better than any other novelist, or any social historian, writing today" (Literary Review)
"There is no other writer like him, at the moment, for wit, acuity or the transparent beauty of his prose. His themes are always big and bravely expounded" (Spectator)
"What Houellebecq has in abundance is an ability to turn commonplace events into high comedy-I enjoyed [Lanzarote] enormously" (Sunday Telegraph)
Hedonism, extra-terrestrials and an exiled police inspector collide in this novel from the internationally bestselling author of Atomised and SubmissionSee all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
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.
Lanzarote is worth a visit, especially in winter, but take something else to read, Atomised, or Whatever are better books in my opinion.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Little more than a long short story, we are in typical Houellebecq territory. It is the end of the 20th Century and the unnamed narrator books an all-inclusive package holiday to... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Douglas Kemp
This really isn't a book review, because they have already been written by professional book reviewers, but as a purely personal observation I think this is dreadful, over-hyped... Read morePublished on 14 Feb. 2015 by Missflyte
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