by far the worst book I read in the last few years - poor in style and story, more than once I felt I was reading the instruction manual of some household appliance.
Here is my review in my Spanish Blog: http://bit.ly/OIJ6Uo
This novel is a quite interesting piece of writing. The first and the second part concern the life of Jed Martin, a normal kid that was born to a relatively wealthy family, whose mother committed suicide when he was 9 years old, and who seems to have an abnormal break of good look through all his artistic pursuits: he first experiments with taking pictures of Michelin maps, and has great success, even meeting the woman of his life, then he moves on to painting and his value goes up to fifteen million dollars a painting, etc. In the second part he meets the author of the novel Michael Houellebecq. As a patient and condescendent reader, one has to endure a rather exaggerated doze of self-promotion where mr. Houellebecq doesn't miss the tiniest chance to mention one of another of his numerous works in poetry, essay and novels. In part three, we assist to the happenings, comings and goings of a rather macabre murder case that keeps police thrilled for several years. Finally, we read the end of Jed Martin's story, and enjoy a heavy load of philosophical thinking that sets the tone of the novel for the last pages. I have to say that I liked it except for the part where the author mentioned once and again all the writings and poetry he has produced. It was quite annoying, but for the rest, it was a decent and entertaining reading.
I read this in French because the Italian translation was out of stock when I was looking for it (also because I can read French pretty well, provided it's not too slang-heavy; speaking or writing, alas, is another matter). somewhat different from H.'s previous novels (which I read in translation, and enjoyed very much). interesting in many ways (and a change was needed anyway, as he was basically writing the same book again and again), but I wouldn't call it his masterpiece....Continua
His best book yet
interesting take on the artistic process
second hand/ person-personal stuff
lots of ideas to mull / re-news interest in re-visiting some social thinkers
clever plot / mystery stuff
I enjoyed being ...... with...Continua