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Platform (original 2001; edition 2006)

by Michel Houellebecq

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Platform by Michel Houellebecq (2001)

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Over de macht van de economie, over de verschillende culturen, over leven en dood, liefde en sex. ( )
  koenvanq | May 30, 2016 |
Il protagonista di questo romanzo guarda tutti con un senso di rabbiosa superiorita', e sembra capace di formare legami umani basati solamente su una certa razionalizzazione dei rapporti sessuali.
Romanzo pessimista e sconsigliatissimo (non lo avrei mai letto ma mi e' stato regalato). ( )
  tabascofromgudreads | Apr 19, 2014 |
This book is simply dreadful. Yes it introduces the reader to a certain kind of (sexist, racist, homophobic, smug, conceited, narcissistic) male subject, supposedly common today, and i guess it can be read as a kind of metaphor for Europe today, but frankly I don't care. I only completed it so that I could say I've read and it is [deleted}.. ( )
1 vote Mijk | Jul 24, 2013 |
what an unhappy tale. a detached account of finding and losing love. or how society confuses sex with love. or how the economy turns sex into profit. or i missed the point. ( )
  EhEh | Apr 3, 2013 |
Wednesday: I am hoping the novel picks up in intensity soon. We are getting ready for our trip to Thailand and I am just not so into this book yet. Perhaps I have read too much Bernhard, Erpenbeck, and Walser of late. I feel like I am reading some kind of Jonathan Lethem novel or even any other minor I did this and then I did that sort of writer. The writing is not too sophisticated, and I am surprised and disappointed so far. I hope I am proven to be wrong in my initial assessment.

Thursday: OK, I came to a sex scene, and not a very good one at that. Recently I read a sex scene in Jenny Erpenbeck's "Visitation" that was extremely gifted, powerful, and erotic as hell even though I admit it being a sort of rape scene, though I am not exactly sure of that. But this Michel H. is sort of hokey and juvenile if you ask me. I will give the book a few more scenes before I abandon it. I am working my ass off here just reading what I have. I am not at all interested in his lifting from the tourist brochures. What I don't get so far is how anybody can call this guy a great writer? Has the bar been lowered so far that even another fellow like Robert Bolano and his pitiful "Savage Detectives" should be recognized as a work of the highest rank?

Thursday PM: I quit. I cannot take another word of it. I am so disappointed in both the book and myself. I feel I let this guy write his crap all over me, and I do not take that offense lightly. It was the worst sex I ever had, real or imagined. Oh my god, this is when I almost wished I still believed so He or She could lift me and wash away my sins. ( )
  MSarki | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Plus sa vie est infame, plus l'homme y tient; elle est alors une protestation, une vengeance de tous les instants. Honore de Balzac

(The more contemptible his life, the more a man clings to it; it thus becomes a protest, a retribution for every moment.)
Jo mere usselt menneskets liv er, desto mere klamrer det sig til det; da er det en protest, en hævn hvert øjeblik.
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Father died last year.
Min far døde for et år siden. Jeg tror ikke på teorien om at man bliver voksen for alvor ved siden forældres død. Man bliver aldrig voksen for alvor. Da jeg stod ved den gamle mands kiste, fik jeg nogle mindre behagelige tanker. Han havde fået noget ud af livet, den gamle skiderik; han havde klaret sig strålende. 'Du har fået børn, din l...,' sagde jeg lystigt til mig selv; 'du stak din store pik ind i min mors kusse.' Nå, jeg var lidt anspændt, helt bestemt; det er ikke hver dag der er dødsfald i familien.
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Michel is a civil-servant, an account manager at the Ministry of Culture. He is single, and likes his pleasures pre-packaged: game shows, TV movies, pornography and instant mash. When his father is murdered and he comes into some money, Michel takes leave of absence to go on a package tour to Thailand. Relieved to get away, he is nonetheless infuriated by the shallow hypocrisy and mediocrity of his fellow travellers. Only the awkward Valerie attracts his attention. Too bashful to pursue her, Michel prefers the uncomplicated pleasures of Thai massage parlours and sex with local women. Western society, he believes, has lost the sense of the other - the sensual, the exotic - that is necessary to pleasure. Back in Paris, he calls Valerie and they plunge into a passionate affair which strays far beyond the bounds of Michel's previous 'vanilla' existence, into S&M, partner-swapping and sex in public. Michel quits his job, and tries to help Valerie and her boss, Jean-Yves, in their ailing travel business, putting his philosophy into practice by offering consenting adults sexual tourism in the third world. The project is risky, but when the three return to Thailand, Michel discovers that sex is neither the most consuming nor the most dangerous of human passions...

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