Whatever

Whatever

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by Michel Houellebecq
     
 

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"Houellebecq captures precisely the cynical disillusionment of disaffected youth."—Booklist

"This boy needs serious therapy. He may be beyond help."—The Washington Post

Just thirty, with a well-paid job, depression and no love life, the narrator and anti-hero par excellence of this grim, funny, and clever novel smokes four packs of

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"Houellebecq captures precisely the cynical disillusionment of disaffected youth."—Booklist

"This boy needs serious therapy. He may be beyond help."—The Washington Post

Just thirty, with a well-paid job, depression and no love life, the narrator and anti-hero par excellence of this grim, funny, and clever novel smokes four packs of cigarettes a day and writes weird animal stories in his spare time.

A painfully realistic portrayal of the vanishing freedom of a world governed by science and by the empty rituals of daily life.

Michel Houellebecq is a multi-award-winning French author. He currently lives in Spain.

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Christopher Hart
[Whatever is] snappy, bite-sized and very funny. -- Literary Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846687846
Publisher:
Serpent's Tail Publishing Ltd
Publication date:
06/28/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
750,874
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Novelist and poet Michel Houellebecq was born in 1958, on the French island of Reunion. At the age of six, Michel was given over to the care of his paternal grandmother, a communist, whose family name he later adopted. His literary career began when, at twenty, he started to move in poetic circles in France. Whatever, Houellebecq’s first novel, has been translated into several languages. Houellebecq’s second collection of poems, Le sens du combat (The Meaning of the Fight), obtained the Prix Flore in 1996. In 1998, he received the prestigious Grand Prix National des Lettres Jeunes Talents for his literary work. He has also won the Prix Novembre (for The Elementary Particles ). His first album, Presence humaine, was released in 2000. He currently lives in Ireland.

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Whatever 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
...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.