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Platform by Michel Houellebecq
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Jul 17, 11

bookshelves: books-i-own, 2011
Read from July 12 to 17, 2011

I just finished this, and I'm not sure of what I think and how many stars to give...
What bothers me the most is his vulgarism and literally - pornography (he could write sex scenes in much more subtle way) and mostly because of this I didn't gave 4 stars.
This book is very well-written (except for the dirty sex scenes that I didn't like), and full of brilliant insights of global politics, economics, sex-tourism, politics and religions, the nature of the individual, the meaning of life.... A very subtle and cynical story of loneliness in these modern times, critique of what is wrong with the Western world today. I must agree with many of his views!

"I had an inkling that, more and more, the whole world would come to resemble an airport."

"We remember our lives, Schopenhauer wrote somewhere, as little better than a novel we once read. That’s about right: a little, no more."

"I don't subscribe to the theory that we only become truly adult when our parents die; we never become truly adult."

"People drag their progeny around with them like a ball and chain, like some terrible deadweight that hinders their every move - and that, as often as not, effectively winds up killing them."

"For the manipulative masochists, it is not enough that he is unhappy; everyone else must be unhappy too."

"Culture seemed to me to be a necessary compensation for the misery of our lives. It was possible to imagine a different sort of culture, one bound up with celebration and lyricism, something that sprang from a state of happiness."

"She was one of those creatures who are capable of devoting their lives to someone else's happiness, of making that alone their goal. This phenomenon is a mystery. Happiness, simplicity, and joy lie within them, but I still do not know how or why it occurs. And if I haven't understood love, what use is it to me to have understood the rest?"
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