Friday, February 1, 2013

Book Review: Whatever by Michel Houellebecq

Whatever by Michel Houellebecq
Rating: 2/5

A book about nothing. The narrator is a 30 year old man, who works with computers. He is dissatisfied with the world, finds most woman vile, and doesn't seem to have any friends. Yup, that's about it.

After I finished reading the book I learned it was part of déprimisme ("depressionism") which is a new (I assume) French literary movement and Michel Houellebecq seems to be its leader... and I thought, "ah, that makes sense."

I really wanted to give this 1 and half stars, but since I'm in a kind mood I rounded up. But if you like hearing people complain about the world and depressives, this is the book for you, if not, don't even bother with this.


  1. how can you possibly have missed the beauty in this book.

    1. I get it... I see what the novel was trying to do, I even understand and LIKE very apathetic characters, even the idea of "déprimisme" movement intrigues me... but I found this novel just wasn't for me. Perhaps it was the sexism that bothered me... I'm not sure. I look forward to reading more from this author, but this one... I can't recommend highly. But please, share the beauty you found in the book. I would love to hear about it.


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