French novelist Michel Houellebecq has acquired celebrity status in France and, increasingly, abroad as a well-established literary shock jock. Lesung mit deutscher Übersetzung durch den Schauspieler Harald Heinz Übersetzung während der Diskussion: Elisabeth Zenner [In. Plateforme by Michel Houellebecq, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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For the smug British reader, Platform will seem nothing so much as a resurrection of the old anti-liberal, anti-semitic, anti-Dreyfusard tradition in French thought and society. The protagonist’s platefforme joy seems to come in the sexy bits, and that’s what pissed me off most, I think. Now, rationalization commands us to adopt some ridiculous beliefs sometimes, like we may very well be doing them a favor.

Platefoorme who inhabit his world are sad and desperate.

He sounds like he platefome be a sociopath. Picked this up out of curiousity, and I can see why he is such a hit in France.

Sometimes we have the felling that the three novels are narrated by the same person. Le Soupirant Charlotte Link. Michel, Valerie and her boss Jean-Yves travel to Thailand on one of their company’s tours incognito and enjoy an idyllic holiday.

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The story works in its preposterous way because we are not engaging with reality. Here, as elsewhere in the book, Houellebecq’s characters simply do not know what they are talking about.

I’m afraid, however, that I can’t offer any hard evidence against Houellebecq’s assertion, and the huge mainstream success of the porn industry does tend to support it.

The underlying premise is interesting: See our Returns Policy. Actually, women are inscrutable. Shortly after they get back to Paris, they get together. Shopbop Designer Houellbecq Brands. You know you want to! Extension du domaine de la lutte Litterature Generale. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of A grown man, Houellebecq reads like an adolescent.


I love the bleak atmosphere in the book. It is platefrme a popular I will NOT read another book about the malaise of suburban housewives and a relatively simple task I submit for houfllebecq consideration: We watch everything through the eyes of a year-old man who seems to be alienated from everything and everyone in a Meursault kind of way.

He deals a lot with human relationships, underlining how difficult is for people in nowdays to hojellebecq themselves fall into love, while on the other side highlighting their need for happiness. One could say that we are their benefactors even. It’s harsh, hilarious, actually often piercing. Nov 12, maggie rated it it was amazing. Anyway, in Platform we get the narrative of a disenchanted loner who goes on a sex holiday to Thailand and hooks up with one of his fellow tourists Valerie and falls in love.

The protagonist — who’s more or less to be identified with the author — enjoys just about nothing other than plateforje, and even that leaves him numb by the end. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions I liked holiday brochures, their abstraction, their way of condensing the places of the world into a houellebeq sequence of possible pleasures and fares.

What I found scary and convincing about Plateforme was the coherent case it made that sex tourism isn’t the regrettable exception; rather, it sums up the First World’s way of dealing with the Third World. La consolante Anna Gavalda.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Or not, of course. Houellebecq’s arguing that most men are now like that, except that some of them aren’t staring in such an obvious way.

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I don’t think I can say anything about the misogyny that hasn’t already been said. Not all cultures of the world appreciate sex hotels, thus leading to a tragic ending. While that may be true of some European men and some Thai women, we cannot explore it through the novel for that would require genuine incidents and personalities.


Man was meant to decide whether or not he wants to be happy. Now I know that it’s because the writing itself is completely unremarkable though it does have serious problems, like the poorly thought out and poorly executed point of view shifts.

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And on the topic of cocksucking, apparently it’s A-OK as long as the cock in question is Michel’s, otherwise it’s proof that you’re a little worthless slut. Je voudrais que quelqu’un m’attende quelque part Anna Gavalda.

Strangely, only a day later, I’m having trouble recalling why this wasn’t a more annoying or problematic book to me while I was actually reading it, but somehow it wasn’t. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Am I outrageous houellebeccq Audible Download Audio Books.

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Customers who bought this item also bought. It is easy to see why he shocks with his books, but to me, this is not his point, he just writes down through his plots the reality, no matter how cruel it is. It is for precisely these reasons that the end of this novel, a retelling of The Stranger, is so astonishing and incredibly beautiful–perhaps one of the most beautiful and poignant things I’ve ever read.

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