This work caught my attention for numerous reasons. It is a contemporary novel addressing the various malaises of modernity, and at first glance seemed like an interesting... Read morePublished on July 30 2005 by Anthropology Professor
While I enjoyed reading this book, I am, in retrospect, a bit unimpressed. The book has some fine ideas and the occasionally raucous observation that will cause the reader to... Read morePublished on May 5 2004 by JOHN J. MCGRAW
Every now and then, a novel comes along that reminds us that the novel does not have to be the genteel commodity that dominates bookstore shelves--sold like Martha Steward's towels... Read morePublished on April 27 2004
but also an engrossing, deft, (and most-importantly) WELL-WRITTEN book! The way Michel can slide so easily from character description to his sundry ruminations on humanity- he... Read morePublished on April 10 2004 by mandy knowles
In this anything but escapist post-modern novel a dark view of the human condition reigns supreme (and is often supremely funny). Read morePublished on March 6 2004 by "owlorchard"
First, a quote from Nietzsche's "The Birth of Tragedy," the spirit of which I'd swear animates this novel...
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This is truly a spectacular book. As with some other reviewer, I found the book "un-put-down-able". Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2004 by V. Nagaswamy
This is a five star book IMO because:
1) it is tremendously engaging, and even it's 'flaws' and uneven flow just made it better. Read more
Michel Houellebeqc's highly-praised novel "The Elementary Particles" was a big disappointment to me. Pardon moi, but I have never understood the typical French author. Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2003 by Richard Huhtanen