French novelist Michel Houellebecq has acquired celebrity status in France and, increasingly, abroad as a well-established literary shock jock. Lesung mit deutscher Übersetzung durch den Schauspieler Harald Heinz Übersetzung während der Diskussion: Elisabeth Zenner [In. Plateforme by Michel Houellebecq, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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I wasn’t happy, but I valued happiness and continued to aspire to it.

But his main characteristic is his fear of Muslims. So much so that when I turned over the last page the whole experience of reading it compared with having been come at in the face. As hoyellebecq wistfully tells us, Thai prostitutes are the best in the world. She’s very successful in her career as a low-ranking executive in a travel agency.

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He’s dirty, he’s cynical and unrelentingly critical critical is a benign word for his skewering, by the by of contemporary French and American culture and society. However, no one platefoeme prepared for the dangers of corporate greed and religious extremism that follow, and the consequences cause everything to spin wildly out of control.

And they have great and plentiful sex see above.

I don’t think I can say anything about the misogyny that hasn’t already been said. There is much more of this in the style of the Marquis de Sade at his most pompous.

Kristian Gunn Less masturbation and more consensual sex I would say! Delivery and Returns see our delivery rates and policies thinking of returning an item? Most of Houellebecq’s characters fail in either or both of these struggles, can’t handle the pressure, then turn to self destructive behaviour. He lives in a world where the western people seem to live robotically work, spend, fuck, die in their nests, while the East is merely a punch bag for their neuroses. And we are, in fact, fucked.


But is his claim in fact true? I was sufficiently engaged for one-third of the novel when the protagonist and his group had been travelling in Thailand.

It’s enough to make a girl wear pants, for goodness’ sake. Yes, the sex scenes are purely pornographic, but is it really any wonder? I agree with Julian Barnes’ review in that the sex in Platform is fundamentally pornographic. So, here we have dull, inert, ish Michel, who hates his job, has no partner or o Plateforme contains a remarkable amount of sex and is inordinately depressing, but it’s well-written, engaging and quite often funny.

He deals a lot with human relationships, underlining how difficult is for people in nowdays to leave themselves fall into love, while on the other side highlighting their need for happiness. For the smug British reader, Platform will seem nothing so much as a resurrection of the old anti-liberal, anti-semitic, anti-Dreyfusard tradition in French thought and society.

The fact that what we read is in the mind of an unsympathetic individual but yet seems so true and real causes a certain discomfort that only honesty can exorcise.

Or, they are highly successful in one or both of these struggles, can’t handle the pressure, then turn to self descructive behaviour. Sometimes we have the felling that the three novels are narrated by the same person.

View all 16 comments. About Michel Houellebecq Michel Houellebecq, geb. She is of a type more likely to be found in French masculine fiction than in nature. Pero n Lo siento, pero a mi Michel Houellebecq no me convence. Essentially, sociological investigation and provocation through the lens of the international tourism economy: That would be something of a start, I guess.


The girls are sympathetically portrayed. I am anxious about reading this book after reading Atomised ,only recently. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Nov 24, Paul Bryant rated it it was ok Shelves: Remembering, no doubt, that he is offending against the rules of bouellebecq in polite society, Houellebecq brings on a pair of Muslim characters to criticise their religion and then depart.

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Write a product review. The tours are to be marketed predominantly houdllebecq German consumers, as it is perceived that there will be less moral outrage in Germany than in France. There is also a love story growing up in his pages, an intense and powerful affair which keep the attention of the reader and it is something beautiful among all these misery of the reality.

Les deferlantes Claudie Gallay. There is little of the intelligent treatment of any ideas and views his characters have. Also in arty movies, same thing. Porca vacca, che pugnalata! It reads like the fantasy of some horny middle-aged shit with nothing better to do with his time, like one of those disgusting old men who stares at my legs on the train. Jan 16, Erik F. It could be that Meursault has evolved and now turns his gun towards a different direction.

Are you offended yet? Houellebecq states houeklebecq facts in a very matter-of-factly and assured fashion one wonders what kind of field research he went through to writer “Platform”. Perhaps this is just a lovely fable.