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.

2 comments:

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

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    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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