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by Michel Houellebecq
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Certainly not as crushing or good as The Elementary Particles, but it would be wrong to give this only four stars. Houellebecq is as good as they get.
What a vile book. It is amazing how certain elements of the critical establishment can be fooled so easily sometimes. This book is cheap, not very well written pornography. Full of inaccuracies as well as misogyny, islamophobia and casual racism. Two-dimensional and almost universally unpalatable characters - none of whom it is possible to care about and sex-tourism as the solution to 21st century disillusion and anomie - spare me!!!
Gosh, there is so much to this book, including some really quite profound observations. There is also quite a bit of gratutious sex, as if Houllebecq kept getting horny by all his intensity and had to mix it up a bit. Fair enough. Unfortunately, a review on the back of my copy of the book had the ENDING REVEALED in it. Really very, very annoying, as the end is quite a turnaround from the rest of the book, though the clues are there. So what is this book about? Good question...the decline of the Western world and its values, the sex trade, inertia, traditional females roles (is that really what men want?), plus much more. Really got me thinking.
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Michel is a civil-servant at the Ministry of Culture. When his father is murdered and he comes into some money, Michel takes leave of absence to go on a package tour to Thailand. 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. But, back in Paris, he calls Valerie and they plunge into a passionate affair which strays far beyond the bounds of his 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, by offering travel packages based on sex tourism in the third world. When their project comes to fruition and 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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É um bom livro; muito bem escrito. A visão de mundo que transpira, muito embora não seja nada inspiradora, no seu tom libertino-conservador, pós-colonialista, é muito bem retratada. E há um final surpreendente. ( )