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Book Title: La Possibilité d'une île|
The author of the book: Michel Houellebecq
ISBN 13: 9782253115526
Edition: Livre de Poche
Date of issue: January 8th 2008
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 4.14 MB
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Reader ratings: 5.1
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I don't know. This is one of those books that really seemed to be multiple books. Here are three of them:
1. This book is partly the product of a guy who read too much Celine and wants to talk about girls' asses. There's a nihilistic streak in which the narrator asserts that nothing matters but fucking, and getting old is the worst thing that could happen ever, and anybody who says anything against that are just fooling themselves. FOOLING THEMSELVES. While a few of the rantings are funny/insightful, more often than not they're bleak and not particularly interesting. Just because the narrator (or evangelists, hippies, etc.) says something at a loud volume doesn't mean it's true.
2. This book is partly a science fiction novel about the possibilities of immortality, the destruction of the human race and the rise of "neohumans". I couldn't complain...Houlellebecq did his research here and worked the scenario well.
3. This book is partly a meditation on isolation, immortality, and whether or not love provides meaning to our years on the planet (or even exists).
I didn't regret reading The Possibility of An Island but the bleak nature of the book bored me, and I had to trudge through the last hundred pages. Sometimes lazy writers use nihilism as a crutch. The novel could have been 200 pages shorter and might have served just as well as a short story. There's some decent writing here, and some interesting ideas, but I only want to shovel so much shit to find them. Houellebecq will have his beret-clad apologists, I'm sure, who will play the "you just don't get it" card, but you know what? I get it, I thought the book was ok, but...it didn't rock my world.
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Read information about the authorMichel Houellebecq (born Michel Thomas), born 26 February 1958 (birth certificate) or 1956 on the French island of Réunion, is a controversial and award-winning French novelist. To admirers he is a writer in the tradition of literary provocation that reaches back to the Marquis de Sade and Baudelaire; to detractors he is a peddler of sleaze and shock. Having written poetry and a biography of the horror writer H. P. Lovecraft, he brought out his first novel Extension du domaine de la lutte in 1994. Les particules élémentaires followed in 1998 and Plateforme, in 2001. After a disastrous publicity tour for this book, which led to his being taken to court for inciting racial hatred, he went to Ireland to write. He currently resides in France, where he has been described as "France’s biggest literary export and, some say, greatest living writer". In 2010 he published La Carte et le Territoire (published the same year in English as The Map and the Territory) which won the prestigious Prix Goncourt; and, in 2015, Submission.
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