Whatever: A Novel

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Profile Books, 2011 - Fiction - 155 pages
9 Reviews

"Houellebecq captures precisely the cynical disillusionment of disaffected youth."--Booklist

"This boy needs serious therapy. He may be beyond help."--The Washington Post

Just thirty, with a well-paid job, depression and no love life, the narrator and anti-hero par excellence of this grim, funny, and clever novel smokes four packs of cigarettes a day and writes weird animal stories in his spare time.

A painfully realistic portrayal of the vanishing freedom of a world governed by science and by the empty rituals of daily life.

Michel Houellebecq is a multi-award-winning French author. He currently lives in Spain.

 

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User Review  - Tam2603 - LibraryThing

I am done and very glad, that it's over. What a bad, bad book. The protagonist is a sexist, pretentious prick, whose rambling is above all EXTREMELY BORING. I don't see anything remotely good about this book and will not ever again read something by this author. Read full review

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User Review  - mingusfingers - LibraryThing

"It's been a while since the meanings of my actions has seemed clear to me. The rest of the time I'm more or less in the position of observer" Novel about a man whose cynical and aloof attitude to ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
6
Section 3
10
Section 4
15
Section 5
18
Section 6
22
Section 7
24
Section 8
29
Section 16
72
Section 17
76
Section 18
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Section 19
83
Section 20
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Section 21
105
Section 22
108
Section 23
123

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
40
Section 12
46
Section 13
51
Section 14
65
Section 15
67
Section 24
127
Section 25
133
Section 26
137
Section 27
144
Section 28
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About the author (2011)

Novelist and poet Michel Houellebecq was born in 1958, on the French island of Reunion. At the age of six, Michel was given over to the care of his paternal grandmother, a communist, whose family name he later adopted. His literary career began when, at twenty, he started to move in poetic circles in France. Whatever, Houellebecq s first novel, has been translated into several languages. Houellebecq s second collection of poems, Le sens du combat (The Meaning of the Fight), obtained the Prix Flore in 1996. In 1998, he received the prestigious Grand Prix National des Lettres Jeunes Talents for his literary work. He has also won the Prix Novembre (for The Elementary Particles ). His first album, Presence humaine, was released in 2000. He currently lives in Ireland.

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