Dr Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation

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Deagostini, 2001 - Brothers - 379 pages
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Half-brothers Michel and Bruno have a mother in common but little else. Michel is a molecular biologist, a thinker and idealist, a man with no erotic life to speak of and little in the way of human society. Bruno, by contrast, is a libertine, though more in theory than in practice, his endless lust is all too rarely reciprocated. Both are in their very different ways archetypes of an 'atomised' society, where religion has given way to shallow 'new age' philosophies and love to meaningless sexual connections. The plot traces the stories of the two brothers, but the real subject of the novel is in its dismantling of contemporary society and its assumptions, its political incorrectness, and its bilious, brilliant asides on everything from anthropology to the problem pages of girls' magazines. By turns funny, acid, infuriating, didactic, touching, visceral, it is an extraordinary and unique novel.

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User Review  - Steve38 - LibraryThing

An odd combination of soft pornography and philosophy. As a commentary on life it does not lead anywhere in particular. In the end the demi-freres become evident constructs of argument rather than characters. Not disappointing but certainly not inspiring. Read full review

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User Review  - DavidCLDriedger - LibraryThing

A book a good many of us formerly or presently pious folk may feel a little guilty reading (oh, its more than a little risque). It reads as a speculative account of the conclusion of our ontology (our 'elementary particles') and what may come after it. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Michel Houellebecq lives in County Cork, Ireland. He is the bestselling author of Whatever, Atomised, Platform, Lanzaroteand The Possibility of an Island. He is also a poet, essayist and rap artist.

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