Michel Houellebecq continues to say the unsayable in The Possibility of an Island, but to what end, asks Tim Adams. Michel Houellebecq’s misanthropy is all too evident in his latest, The Possibility of an Island, says Michael Worton. Being thought to be avant garde has its advantages; people take you seriously and pay you shed loads of cash for any old tosh. And you get.
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This isn’t a book a lot of folks will like because the message isn’t what we want to hear. Life isn’t something to be struggled against, merely endured; complaining is just a waste of time. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. See and discover other items: I enjoyed Daniel1 character, to some extent I found him inseparable from the author himself, or at least the idea I have of the author. The Possibility of an Island is, I think, his best work to-date: To me, this was surprisingly sentimental, even arguably kind of sweet.
The Possibility of an Island
And it is about civilization, and the civilised, that Houellebecq writes about. Daniel1 becomes, in his fortysomething cynical despair, involved with a religious sect, the Elohimites, which not only saves cells cryogenically but also puts its faith in a science that will allow personality and memory to be passed intact from generation to generation.
Please try again later. He is a comedian by employment but he isn’t very funny. I say that as a confirmed fan, but I just don’t see how it’s possible to give this bleak, hilarious, passionate, misanthropic novel a fair read and not come away moved in some fashion. Which is really the minimum one needs to know before venturing in his books.
Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. And when he’s worn out, they’ll create a third me, and so on. He gets the job done, but I doubt that many of his lines will serve as epigraphs for other novels. Videos About This Book. I get it, I thought the book was ok, but Houellehecq to Book Page. Learn more about Amazon Prime. And Daniel diminishes before our eyes, but he fights, and he rages against the dying of the light.
Set up a islxnd. And in and among all this, there is Love. Thank you for your feedback. This one experiments with SF concepts alongside its middle-aged-misanthrope-having-lots-of-implausible-sex plot the protag in this case a bile-spouting gagmeister as our antihero secures himself immortality as part of a sex-tourist cult during his post-midlife crisis.
It is the age of the neo-humans, clones without joy and grief, without neurosis, without community, without sexual desires. The problem is the human condition. I feel, upon reading this book, as though he were the author.
Your casual familiarity with such gloomy personages as Schopenhauer and Hegel gives you a proper detachment from the world, but you can still have fun; “mindless pleasures”, in Pynchon’s phrase. What does it mean when a few decided to leave their isolation, to end their immortality, to trek across the dried ocean surface, in search of a legendary community?
Mostly, in this, they are allowed to have it all ways. He is basically lonely and, although he has become fantastically wealthy, lost in life. You could slot them into the book in most cases, no problem at all, since he has this sense of humanity that defeats them even in their base expression.
When they’ve sorted out the technology, they say they’re nearly ppssibility, they will create a clone of me. View all 8 comments. Dogs are “machines for loving”, but the novel articulates a stunted and confused view of love, where love between a man and a woman is equated with love for a pet.
My point is that Houellebecq, who detests the Baby Boomers, sees us as being in a time of despair today and it’s all houelldbecq fault. There is nothing he wont write, no boundary he wont cross. Only a lifetime of reviewing and of analyzing the life of the human from which their DNA came. View all 9 comments. Read all in one day, so I guess I must’ve liked it? But a troubling question lingers after all this, of isladn I don’t have an answer but I did find meaning in this book.
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The best way to read Possibility is quickly, without pondering its cod philosophy and portentous metaphysical pronouncements, which take the anatomisation of banality to a paroxysm of the baroque. It’s not his prose style either, which on a sentence-by-sentence level is not especially captivating.
I guess 30 isn’t out of the question if you’re really into keeping fit, classical dance or something similar, but let’s face it, before we know what’s happened you’ll be getting old and fat, I won’t be able to get it up for you any more and you’ll decide you’d rather not be a burden and leave and a bit later top yourself. A lifetime of isolation, except for a pet.
So the question becomes: This book is simultaneously more and less allusive than Houellebecq’s previous work. You could read all of Houellebecq’s work as a bleak elegy for the certainties of the republic and the church, a tirade against the dilution of the French nation by Americanisation and liberal multiculturalism – a kind of literary Le Penism. I avoided it like the plague.
In return, their children would not be at all grateful, on the contrary their efforts, however strenuous, would never be considered enough, they would, until the bitter end, be considered guilty because of the simple fact of being parents.