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Preview — Platform by Michel Houellebecq
In his early forties, Michel Renault skims through his days with as little human contact as possible. But following his father’s death he takes a group hol ...more
If you don’t want to read about the gory details of fleshy entangulations and of bodily fluid by the bucketful, then you need to steer well clear of M. Houellebecq. He’s all about that.
The sex is like the worst kind of bad cartoon porn and we can’t possibly be meant to take it seriously. I don’t really know what it’s doing in here. He’s trying to make a serious or black-comedy ironic point about the state of first world/third world relationships and how e ...more
So, here we have dull, inert, 40-ish Michel, who hates his job, has no partner or o ...more
I enjoy a juicy controversy. I support writers who show courage to take on controversial ideas and contentious issues and put them to a test of literature, to examine its ins and outs with an honesty and skill required of an artist, without a care for what the easily-offended might say (e.g; I’m incensed when some self-righteous people denounce Lolita solely for the nature of its topic)
Now t ...more
Platform is a good example of form following function. We watch everything through the eyes of a 40-year-old man who seems to be alienated from everything and everyone in a Meursault kind ...more
I don't think I can say anything about the misogyny that hasn't already been said. Yes, it's misogynistic. Boringly, predictably so. We get it; women are stupid, worthless whores. Is it wrong of me to wish for a little more innovation in my morning dose of bigotry?
But look at Valérie, some say. Valérie is perfect (which is a problem in itself). She has it all: youth, outstanding looks, superior skills in bed, a lot of money, a very ...more
this book is not without flaws, in particular its stra ...more
Anomie. A self-centered man is incapable of loving anyone except himself and he is not really all that keen on that relationship either. He’s basically a misogynist and a xenophobe. Finally he finds a woman who more or less loves him, or tolerates him, and he apparently “kind of” loves her back. She is in the business of working for an international hotel chain that is setting up sex hotels in Thailand. Not all cultures of th ...more
In the "Myth of Sisyphus" Camus examines the absurdity of human existence through a careful analysis of whether or not we should commit suicide. He includes references to many great works of literature which I wish I had the time to read.
In "Platform" Houellebecq examines the absurdity of human existence through a careful analysis of the marketing strategy of mid-market ...more
I would like to refer to my friend Jean's ...more
The protagonist -- who's more or less to be identified with the author -- enjoys just about nothing other than sex, and even that leaves him numb by the end. Yes yes much of the plot involves his being in love, but he and his love interest (a fantasy creature who always has a cup of coffee for him after his morning blowjob) never seem ...more
A vicious and incredibly bleak social critique that is as subtle and incendiary as a suicide bomber. Houellebecq’s horror and hatred of our modern world spills from nearly every page; nothing is sacred and no one is spared. The novel is narrated by Michel, a pessimistic middle-aged man who, to his mind, lives in an era so corroded by consumerism, narcissism and terrorism that genuine human contact or happiness can only be obtained through the blissful abandon of sexual orgasm – even if it’s with...more
2007 view: Houellebecq's debatedly controversial sexualy explicit and modern urban civilisation analysing first person narrative of a civil servant falling in ...more
Tedious and meandering.
Every time I read 'Clearly man was never meant to be happy', it's like, that kind of statement is something no one in the entire universe can make because they don't have access to enough information in order to make it. All it means is 'I am an unhappy man.' Boo hoo lol.
Man was meant to decide whether or not he wants to be happy. He can be unhappy if he wants, but why? ...more
What is it? Essentially, sociological investigation and provocation through the lens of the international tourism economy:
I liked holiday brochures, their abstraction, their way of condensing the places of the world into a limited sequence of possible pleasures and fares. I was particularly fond of the star rating system, whic...more
Michel is a detached, frustrated and sex obsessed man whose father is murdered by a conservative Muslim. Michel's father was having an affair with the man's sister. Michel goes on a sex to ...more
After reading this novel, I confirm that Houellebecq is the kind of writers that is hard to find nowadays. He writes about how he see the world, he doesn't write what other want to read. Nowadays, most of the writers are just business man, trying to sell their books without compromise them selfs exposing a philosophy or and idea. Houellebecq just write what he thinks, analyzing the present, and projecting to the future.
In Platform we can read strong compliments against occident, th ...more
The writing is very "hoarse", the sex scenes are essentially pornographic with things being called by their names and lasting for a paragraph or two. Still, there are ...more
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 ...more
I haven't read his second or any other of his books. “Platform” is his third book and it's just unimaginative pornography and racism, with an occasional interesting sociological or anthropological observation, that is his strong point. He should have been an academic but must ha ...more
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