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The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebecq
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Feb 16, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: genre-crime-thriller, location-europe-france, awards-winners
Read on February 16, 2012

Where to begin to describe this book -- it's not like anything else. There is a murder, so it could be called a thriller. But that is the least of it and does it a disservice. How sly, that one of the main characters is the author himself, but he's not the central character although his relationship to that character is paramount and fuels much of the story. To say Houllebecq goes off on tangents is understating the fact -- if he weren't so serious about his subjects, you could say he's being playful. There are ruminations on art, the industrial complex, the philosophy of architecture, even the appeal of the binchon and that dog's importance to the world (pure pleasure). The characters are consistently surprising, even the one he names after himself. Recommended to the right audience. Others may just be baffled.

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