De l’exotisme et du pittoresque, du sexe et du fanatisme, tels sont les ingrédients (torrides et subversifs) de Plateforme, dernier roman de Michel Houellebecq. Plateforme by Michel Houellebecq, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Toutes les informations de la Bibliothèque Nationale de France sur: Plateforme – Michel Houellebecq.

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In his early forties, Michel Renault skims through his days with as little human contact as possible. Now, rationalization commands us to adopt some ridiculous beliefs sometimes, like we may very well be doing them a favor. La possibilite d’une ile Michel Houellebecq.

Overall, I felt myself closer to the Marshall model. It reads like the fantasy of some horny middle-aged shit with nothing better to do with his time, like one of those disgusting old men who stares at my legs on the train.

Michel Houellebecq

So the two guys do the two girls and I must admit I lolled at this: Though Michel never quite admits it, they are blissfully in love. However, she has a secret. 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.

Or, they are highly successful in one or both of these struggles, can’t handle the pressure, then turn to self descructive behaviour.

I would give it book one star, but that would make it sound more shocking or just reaction-getting than it is. But the consequence of that is that houeplebecq cooperate in building up a gigantic network of prostitution. It has received both great praise and great criticism, most notably for the novel’s apparent condoning of sex tourism and Islamophobia. Even her nasty end cannot give her reality.

At the same time, the immediacy of the writing style gives the novel an unpleasantly realistic aura that serves as a starting point for several questionings.


The new package holidays are a success with the Germans – a stupid race, apparently, notoriously without culture. I support houllebecq who show courage to take on controversial ideas and contentious issues and put them plateforne a test of literature, to examine its ins and outs with an honesty and skill required of an artist, without a care for what the easily-offended might say e.

We met a really nice black couple; she was a nurse and he was a jazz drummer.

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View all 16 comments. That’s, more or less, the reality Houellebecq depicts in his novel. But, oddly enough, it’s what he does for her that’s genuinely repulsive. He goes out of his way to shock people, to make himself unpleasant. Nineteen Eighty-four George Orwell. Say more outrageous things amid the orgasmic din of double penetration and flood of semenic spurts. Reading this book was fun, in a kind of infuriating way. Houellebecq’s arguing that most men are now like that, except that some of them aren’t staring in such an obvious way.

I can furnish the curious plsteforme the page where he says this. Jan 13, Michael Meeuwis rated it did not like it. The book is so patently meant to offend that I can’t bring myself to play into it and be offended.

On the other hand, you have several billion people who have nothing, who starve, who die young, who live in conditions unfit for human habitation and who have nothing left to sell except their bodies and their unspoiled sexuality”. He deals a lot with human relationships, underlining how difficult is for people in nowdays to leave themselves fall into love, while on the other side highlighting their need for happiness.

From now on, you know something bad will eventually happen, houeklebecq indeed it does. Platform by Michel Houellebecq. Views Read Edit View history.

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Michel, Valerie and her boss Jean-Yves travel to Thailand on one of their company’s tours incognito and enjoy an idyllic holiday. In both books, youellebecq central theme is an analysis of contemporary sexual behavior from the point of view of Chicago-school economic theory. Look at all Woody Allen movies. She loves her job, and takes great pleasure in doing it to the best of houwllebecq ability.


The other tourists are fat and plebeian.

Nov 28, Takisx rated it really liked it. Have I said “pussy” enough times? The novel now proceeds through assertion. In fact, all the sex workers are happy hookers who are glad to be able to work that thing to bring joy to the face of whatever potbellied manbreasted Western male they are lucky enough to have copped off with.

Added to that, and given equal prominence, is a steady stream of piquant miserablist ruminations on the state of life in the West. Here is a brief, spare page of narrative. Houellebecq, in my opinion, doesn’t have the chops. So much so that when I turned over the last page the whole experience of reading it compared with having been come at in the face. All it means is ‘I am an unhappy man.

Plateforme by Houellebecq, Michel

West is the pillar of the world, whereas in the East, women have to sell their bodies in order to make a living. Ja in welcher Zeit ist denn dieser Methusalix von Autor aufgewachsen? Some who have read it in French have commented on the poor quality of the English translation. Michel argues that European women are too hard on their men, who find Thai prostitutes less demanding company. A change that could be radical but is merely subtle, enough, however, to offer him a fleeting glimpse of something that resembles happiness.

Personally, I don’t feel that way. La carte et le territoire Michel Houellebecq.