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Atomised (Elementary Particles)
by Michel Houellebecq | Literature & Fiction
Registered by wingperryfranwing of Elk Grove, California USA on 7/29/2008
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

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Journal Entry 1 by wingperryfranwing from Elk Grove, California USA on Tuesday, July 29, 2008

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Book Description:
An international literary phenomenon, The Elementary Particles is a frighteningly original novel–part Marguerite Duras and part Bret Easton Ellis-that leaps headlong into the malaise of contemporary existence.

Bruno and Michel are half-brothers abandoned by their mother, an unabashed devotee of the drugged-out free-love world of the sixties. Bruno, the older, has become a raucously promiscuous hedonist himself, while Michel is an emotionally dead molecular biologist wholly immersed in the solitude of his work. Each is ultimately offered a final chance at genuine love, and what unfolds is a brilliantly caustic and unpredictable tale.

This is also No. 79 on the 1001 books you must read before you die list. 

Journal Entry 2 by wingperryfranwing at Elk Grove, California USA on Tuesday, January 30, 2018

7 out of 10

This was a hard book to get was mostly a depressing look at life in the late 20th century and how civilization had declined since WWII basically showing that human beings are lonely and miserable with an utter lack of communication skills. The novel is told through the eyes of two half-brothers, Michel and Bruno who were separated at birth and don't meet until middle age. The two brothers are both lonely and unattached but in different ways. Bruno, who was bullied as a child, basically lives for his next sexual experience. While Michel has a hard time forming a sexual relationship even though his childhood sweetheart, Anabelle, is beautiful and wants a relationship with him. Bruno spends his time at adult swinger camps and clubs hoping to have as many encounters as possible. Michel, on the other hand, is a brilliant bio-chemist who concludes that humans are doomed and a new species is needed to replace them that does not sexually reproduce. Both Michel and Bruno find companionship, if not love, later in life but the relationships are doomed by unforeseen tragedies.

This book was full of unpleasantness including when Bruno was bullied as a child and the many sex scenes throughout. It was however, very thought-provoking in its views on the state of mankind and I can see why it is included on the 1001 list. 

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