Michel Renault is a human void. Following the death of the father he barely knew, he endures his civil ser-vice job while eking out an existence of prepackaged pleasure, hollow friendships, TV dinners, and pornography. On a group holiday in ...
y in Thailand, however, he meets the shyly compelling Valérie, who soon pursues an agenda that Michel himself could never have thought possible: his own humanization.
Back in Paris, they plunge into an affair that strays into S&M, public sex, and partner swapping, even as they devise a scheme to save Valérie’s ailing travel company by capitalizing on the only trade Michel has seen flourish in the Third World. Before long, he quits his job, and their business model for “sex tourism” is gradually implemented. But when they return to Thailand, where Michel’s philosophy will be put into practice, he discovers that sex is neither the most consuming nor dangerous of passions . . .
From a suburbanized West crippled by hate crime to an East subsumed by materialism, Michel Houellebecq explores—with characteristic provocativeness, but also with surprising tenderness—the emotions that seem most resilient to any influence: love and hate. Platform is, as Anita Brookner has written, “a brilliant novel, casting a prescient eye on the abuses and inequalities that lead to wider trouble.”
6 stelline.Non so perché mi trovo così spesso d'accordo con Richard Hell. [Forse perché siamo genii tutti e due?] Fatto sta che su Houellebecq posso sottoscrivere queste sue parole:"[...] I didn't really know anything about him, except that he6 stelline.
Non so perché mi trovo così spesso d'accordo con Richard Hell. [Forse perché siamo genii tutti e due?] Fatto sta che su Houellebecq posso sottoscrivere queste sue parole:
"[...] I didn't really know anything about him, except that he had been making waves as a "maverick." I have to admit that just because he was controversial and much-discussed, my reverse snobbery made me suspicious of him. I thought he must just be a standard egotistic provocateur. My mistake.
[...] PLATFORM. I bought it. It was really good. [...] He speaks very casually and straightforwardly about behaviors and thought-processes that people usually hide. I love his research too (presumably it's research--or maybe he knows about the workings of international corporations from other experience...)--the way he describes a wide range of types of people and situations in detail and convincingly. But of course most of all it's the values and personality of the view of things in the book--it might be called bleak and crude but it reads as mostly true-to-life to me."
(il post completo qui: http://www.richardhell.com/cgi-bin/forum/showmessage.asp?messageID=7824)...Continua Nascondi
I read this because I'd read Atomised, and I think I liked it better. He's a good imaginative Writer and hard-edged, what else has he done? Ah, I remember now, and I tried it and I didn't like it, sci-fi stuff or something... nah! With this, he isI read this because I'd read Atomised, and I think I liked it better. He's a good imaginative Writer and hard-edged, what else has he done? Ah, I remember now, and I tried it and I didn't like it, sci-fi stuff or something... nah! With this, he is quite clever, and the business ventures that are evolved in the story are quite believable....Continua Nascondi