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Posted May 17, 2001
A jewel in the midst of today's trashy D Stelle- S King craze
A social commentary about today's 'short attention span' society, this book reminds me more of the lines of Camus or Sartre (or, perhaps, even Joseph Heller, yet more sentimental) than of anything produced today. The first person protagonist is a modern day programmer for a large firm. His thoughts as we follow him through his day (talking with colleagues, acquaintances, a business trip) are the type that are a bit risque but, yet, everyone thinks them (just chooses not to say them aloud). This 30something bachelor is very easy to sympathize with, the modern 'everyman'. Yet amid the plot is hidden the fresh flower of language: Houellebeqc relies heavily on physical imagery and the description of emotions, not much on symbolism. If you like existential writing, (while this is not a wholly existential book) this is definitely recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 20, 2000
Whatever you are reading
...you should start to read this book. At first I liked it very much, but then i started to dislike all about it, the looser that stands in the middle of it and his extremly cruel approach to this world. He sounds in some part like Camus Etranger, just that he is more horny and sarcastic. Even if you want to quit this book, you will not stop to read it, because of its unbelivable social dramatic, because you want the trouth even if you don't like it, even you don't need it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.