by Michel Houellebecq | Other |
ISBN: 0099283360 Global Overview for this book
Registered by BookGroupMan of Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on 9/3/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Monday, September 03, 2007
From my wishlist, found in a charity shop in Aberdeen. From the blurb, a story about, '...the dismantling of contemporary society and its assumptions'. A serious author but I find his insights funny and his pessimism refreshing :)

Journal Entry 2 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Monday, December 08, 2008
(7/08) This has a lot of Houellebecq’s trademarks; the disenfranchised and sexually frustrated men, the broken society, the pessimism and fairly unrelenting lack of hope or very much joy. So far so good ;) MH also adds some completely unintelligible science and philosophy into the mix. I’ll try my best to pick out some of the more interesting and understandable themes. Half-brothers Bruno and Michel are the sons of a hippy mother and absent fathers, both brought up by elder relatives or in-laws. Bruno is bullied at school and becomes obsessed with sex, neither can maintain a relationship, until too late, and then their partners come to desperately sad endings. 'Atomised' refers to society reduced to individuals without families or communities, fathers without strong bonds to sons, individuals who don’t leave a mark on mankind. Except that Michel does; while his brother lives out his days in an asylum, Michel makes a momentous Eisteinian leap forward in human knowledge, in the field of micro-biology and the structure of DNA. Towards the end of the book, there is a sudden disconcerting leap into the future and science fiction, messy chaotic humans, doomed to struggle within the ageless lottery of mutation and natural selection, are replaced by a new ‘engineered’ species. There is a strong parallel with Huxley’s Brave New World, a release from procreation and survival as the primary human imperatives. It’s all vey dense, not a book I could easily recommend.

Journal Entry 3 by BookGroupMan at a bus shelter in Sproughton in Sproughton, Suffolk United Kingdom on Saturday, December 13, 2008

Released 11 yrs ago (12/13/2008 UTC) at a bus shelter in Sproughton in Sproughton, Suffolk United Kingdom



Took to today's pre-christmas ipswich meet-up. This could be the best low-carbon, credit-crunch free book-based present you could give someone (or yourself!) Enjoy :)

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