Dr Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation

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Vintage, 2001 - Brothers - 379 pages
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 Symptomatic Members Of Our Atomised Society, Where Religion Has Given Way To Shallow 'New Age' Philosophies And Love To Meaningless Sexual Connections. Atomised (Les Particules Elementaires) Tells The Stories Of The Two Brothers, But The Real Subject Of The Novel Is In Its Dismantling Of Contemporary Society And Its Assumptions, In Its Political Incorrectness, And Its Caustic And Penetrating Asides On Everything From Anthropology To The Problem Pages Of Girls' Magazines. A Dissection Of Modern Lives And Loves. By Turns Funny, Acid, Infuriating, Didactic, Touching And Visceral.

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User Review  - curious_squid - LibraryThing

This book was a strange mixture of philosophy and science - "big ideas" with a tenuous plot that stretched over the characters lifetime and out and out porn. The story often seemed an inconsequential ... Read full review

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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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About the author (2001)

Michel Houellebecq is a poet, essayist and novelist. He is the author of several novels including The Map and the Territory (winner of the Prix Goncourt), Atomised, Platform, Whatever and Submission. He was awarded the Legion d'Honneur in 2019.

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