Free Audiobooks PlataformaAuthor Michel Houellebecq – Albawater.co

Michel, parisino, funcionario, cuarent n, apocado y ap tico, incapaz de experimentar ninguna emoci n, parte de vacaciones a Tailandia para olvidarse de todo y sumergirse en un para so de placer en el oasis del turismo sexual All conoce a Val rie, directiva de Nouvelles Fronti res y con ella decide crear una red mundial de colonias tur sticas en las que el sexo se practique libremente, los deseos est n en venta y la prostituci n sea legal Pero tras el xito inicial la tragedia se precipita, motivada por integristas de toda laya Una novela que ha conmocionado a Francia por su provocadora visi n del cinismo er tico de la sociedad de consumo


10 thoughts on “Plataforma

  1. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    An 18 rated review of an 18 rated book If you don t want to read about the gory details of fleshy entangulations and of bodily fluid by the bucketful, then you need to steer well clear of M Houellebecq He s all about that The sex is like the worst kind of bad cartoon porn and we can t possibly be meant to take it seriously I don t really know what it s doing in here He s trying to make a serious or black comedy ironic point about the state of first world third world relationships and how e An 18 rated review of an 18 rated book If you don t want to read about the gory details of fleshy entangulations and of bodily fluid by the bucketful, then you need to steer well clear of M Houellebecq He s all about that The sex is like the worst kind of bad cartoon porn and we can t possibly be meant to take it seriously I don t really know what it s doing in here He s trying to make a serious or black comedy ironic point about the state of first world third world relationships and how everyone could be made happier if we only just lightened up about sex tourism And he scuppers his own novel because he includes this stuff Michel that s the protagonist, yes, same name as the novelist, and his brilliant girlfriend Valerie are out on the town in Paris Now read on It was a Saturday night, the place was quite full We met a really nice black couple she was a nurse and he was a jazz drummer three sentences later We finished our drinks and headed up to the rooms He suggested a double penetration to Valerie She agreed, as long as I was the one to sodomise her.So the two guys do the two girls and I must admit I lolled at this Everything went smoothly, I was agreeably surprised by my own stamina.Well, bien sur, mon ami, that s what happens in porn The sex is always stratospheric, the orgasms always geyser forth like an Icelandic hot spring, and everyone is able to have about five or six per hour, the gentlemen s members are always like several iron bars welded together, they never ever suffer from erectile dysfunction, and the girls always regard what comes out of the end of them like normal people regard a glass of Vosne Romanee burgundy, the girls are always gagging to have everything shoved everywhere, and they always want to do it again ten minutes later, and no one has any diseases.So Michel and Valerie s evening struck me as a little unlikely, but maybe I should get outOr not,of course.A few pages before that, they were in Cuba on holiday having sex in their hotel room, and they ve left the curtains open A maid sees them Valerie got up, walked towards her, and held out her hands And that s all it takes the maid is young, gorgeous, and completely into the idea of a threesome at the drop of a broom Mais bien sur, again She s not 52, varicose veined and asthmatic Well, this is all ridiculous French Swingers A Go Go, and it makes it Platform a very silly novel indeed.This novel is about sex tourism and never mentions drugs, or the miserable lives of the sex workers In fact, all the sex workers are happy hookers who are glad to be able to work that thing to bring joy to the face of whatever potbellied manbreasted Western male they are lucky enough to have copped off with I should say that this did not make Platform resound with believability for me.Anyway, in Platform we get the narrative of a disenchanted loner who goes on a sex holiday to Thailand and hooks up with one of his fellow tourists Valerie and falls in love And they have great and plentiful sex see above He s in his 40s, she s 28 with a cleavage to drown in and she likes girls tooNaturellement So this is standard male fantasy territory in porn and in Hollywood, all males over the age of 40 are able to captivate a knockout girl in her 20s Also in arty movies, same thing Look at all Woody Allen movies I saw Manhattan recently in that a late 30s Woody is sleeping with Marielle Hemingway who is 17 Sorry, I digress Added to that, and given equal prominence, is a steady stream of piquant miserablist ruminations on the state of life in the West I cannot deny, these are hysterical Men live alongside one another like cattle it is a miracle if once in a while they manage to share a bottle of booze.It is in our relations with other people that we gain a sense of ourselves it s that, pretty much, that makes relations with other people unbearable.In most circumstances of my life, I have had about as much freedom as a vacuum cleaner.Gradually everything becomes too difficult that s what life comes down to.When all s said and done, the idea of the uniqueness of the individual is nothingthan pompous absurdity.Anything can happen in life, especially nothing And, the aphorism which seems to sum up MH s jeremiad pretty well We have created a system in which it has simply become impossible to live and what s , we continue to export it Anyway, MH the protagonist goes on at length about how in the West we all run around working like mad and making money and in the process becoming so exhausted that sex never mind love becomes far too much trouble We ve become so picky and self centred we wouldn t dream of devoting ourselves to the pleasure of others, even for 15 minutes So we have money but we re miserable, because we still want the sex and the affection Therefore, we should all men and women go to Thailand for 2 weeks every year There the natives have nothing except their extremely attractive bodies They love nothingthan to devote their entire working lives to making you yes you come on, no false modesty please achieve the kind of orgasms you never knew were possible You know you want to To sum up the rest of the novel and we d have gotten away with it too, ifn it weren t for them pesky Muslim terrorists This was a fun novel to read it was so odd, so ridiculous, so pompous, so off the scale unrealistic, so almost racist, so insulting to all and sundry including specific Frederick Forsyth and John Grisham novels he takes a page or so to slag off these books, quoting from them without any acknowledgement anywhere , so downbeat and so raving mad that I should give it 3 stars, except that it really is almost complete rubbish


  2. Manny Manny says:

    Plateforme contains a remarkable amount of sex and is inordinately depressing, but it s well written, engaging and quite often funny Houellebecq evidently believes that he s watching the last days of Western civilization, if not of humanity as a whole, and he s interested in exploring what went wrong He thinks that it s something very much to do with how we experience sex, and how the desire for sex acts on us So, here we have dull, inert, 40 ish Michel, who hates his job, has no partner or o Plateforme contains a remarkable amount of sex and is inordinately depressing, but it s well written, engaging and quite often funny Houellebecq evidently believes that he s watching the last days of Western civilization, if not of humanity as a whole, and he s interested in exploring what went wrong He thinks that it s something very much to do with how we experience sex, and how the desire for sex acts on us So, here we have dull, inert, 40 ish Michel, who hates his job, has no partner or other meaningful relationship, and in fact no interests at all in life The only thing that he actually enjoys is patronizing the occasional prostitute When he s able to afford it, he goes off to Thailand for a spot of sex tourism As he wistfully tells us, Thai prostitutes are the best in the world I recently read the same thing in another French novel, and for all I know it s true We get to see a couple of Michel s encounters with Thai massage girls these scenes were nicely done, and came across as credible The girls are sympathetically portrayed.On his trip, Michel meets Val rie, an attractive 28 year old He doesn t quite manage to respond to her obvious advances, but she gives him her telephone number Shortly after they get back to Paris, they get together Things completely click between them Michel is at first unsure why Val rie is interested in him She s young and hot, he s middle aged and dull However, she has a secret She s very successful in her career as a low ranking executive in a travel agency After they ve been to bed for the first time, she confesses how much she makes it s a lotthan he does And she s a workaholic, who puts in eighty hours or so most weeks This, I imagine, is enough to scare most guys off But Michel doesn t feel threatened at all Val rie is enchanted Though Michel never quite admits it, they are blissfully in love.So far, I thought the book was surprisingly positive for a Houellebecq, but I should of course have known better As people do when they re in love, they each try to give each other the thing they want most Michel s a sex addict, and Val rie, who has a sweet and generous nature, tries to help him live out all the sexual fantasies he s never had a chance to experience Some of these aren t very tasteful But, oddly enough, it s what he does for her that s genuinely repulsive Michel s an insightful thinker, and, as Val rie describes her life working as a strategist at a top ranking travel agency, he helps her refine a new and logical idea Many people, like him, really go on the trips to do sex tourism so why not take the next step, and reorganize the enterprise with that thought explicitly in mind From now on, you know something bad will eventually happen, and indeed it does.Houellebecq appears to believe that there is no hope for us at all, but he offers interesting new angles on why that might be I wish I could immediately say why his arguments were exaggerated and wrong.____________________________________________So, I feel that no one is buying my arguments about why this book has a worthwhile side to it Let me give it one last shot First, everyone else seems to have read it in English, and I do get the impression from Choupette s comments that the English translation is poor The French original is elegantly and wittily written For example, here s a nice passage from an early chapter, which I m sure will appeal to many GR readers Je passai ma derni re journ e de cong dans differents agences de voyage J aimais les catalogues de vacances, leur abstraction, leur mani re de r duire les lieux du monde une sequence limit e de bonheurs possibles et de tarifs j appreciais particulierement le syst me d toiles, pour indiquer l intensit de bonheur qu on tait en droit d sp rer. I passed my last free day in a few travel agencies I love the abstract nature of travel brochures, the way in which they reduce the whole world to a finite sequence of possible types of pleasure, and their associated prices I particularly appreciate the system by which a number of stars is used to indicate the intensity of pleasure one has the right to expect.You see later that this is not just an empty epigram, but sums up an important part of the book s argument Similarly, Michel s father s death, though it appears random at the time, is in retrospect important foreshadowing The novel is in fact quite tightly constructed.Michel and Val rie are of course monsters, but the poor translation means that you aren t even tempted to sympathize with them In French, I did want to support them at times The scene where Michel admits to the other members of his group that he patronizes Thai prostitutes I found for example very funny, and his interlocutor came across as a PC idiot I d be interested to know how English readers reacted to this passage.What I found scary and convincing about Plateforme was the coherent case it made that sex tourism isn t the regrettable exception rather, it sums up the First World s way of dealing with the Third World The author also did a lot to show you how the mechanisms worked Throughout most of the book, I had a hard time accepting Val rie as an evil person She loves her job, and takes great pleasure in doing it to the best of her ability Michel loves her, and he wants to help her succeed But the consequence of that is that they cooperate in building up a gigantic network of prostitution They know they re doing it, but the logic of the market means that they don t feel they have any choice They don t see themselves as bad people, and some of the time I found myself accepting their version of reality I thought that was quite interesting.____________________________________________I just noticed the ads that Google put next to this review Asian women look for men Women from Philippines, Thailand, and other asian countrieswww.AsianKisses.de Meet Thai Ladies Beautiful Thai Women Seeking Men For Love Marriage Join Free Now www.ThaiLoveLinks.comI m sorry, I must admit that I find that funny.____________________________________________Somethoughts If a book makes you think this much, can it be all bad It seems to me that there is a tight connection between Plateforme and Les Particules l mentaires, which Houellebecq wrote just before it In both books, the central theme is an analysis of contemporary sexual behavior from the point of view of Chicago school economic theory As another reviewer said, there are many resonances with Naomi Klein s exposition in The Shock Doctrine.I know, as one might put it, fuck all about economics, but it seems to me that Les Particules primarily takes a macroeconomic view, and argues that Western societies, sexually as well as economically, are becoming stratified, with a substantial proportion of the population relegated to the position of essentially having nothing Plateforme, on the other hand, appears to bea micro economic analysis it focuses on the individual decisions made by the sexual consumer, and how the aggregate of these many micro decisions together build up the overall sexual economic structure.I find Houellebecq s analysis very interesting, but the assumption I m least ready to accept is that most men, irrespective of their own age, would now automatically prefer to have sex with young women in the 18 25 age group Personally, I don t feel that way I m afraid, however, that I can t offer any hard evidence against Houellebecq s assertion, and the huge mainstream success of the porn industry does tend to support it This does rather take us back to the initial point Choupette made in her review As she put it It reads like the fantasy of some horny middle aged shit with nothing better to do with his time, like one of those disgusting old men who stares at my legs on the train It s enough to make a girl wear pants, for goodness sake.Well, exactly Houellebecq s arguing that most men are now like that, except that some of them aren t staring in such an obvious way But is his claim in fact true I d love to see a serious empirical study Meanwhile, you might want to answer this poll.____________________________________________Well, I won t pretend that it proves anything but of the twelve people who have so far answered my poll, not one said that they would prefer their sexual partner to be between 18 and 25 The most popular answers were 25 35 and Age genuinely doesn t matter to me.Of course, they could be a very skewed sample Or they could be lying Or both If anyone is able to repeat this experiment using a better methodology, please let me know what you discover


  3. Jibran Jibran says:

    He s not stupid, but I don t like him He goes out of his way to shock people, to make himself unpleasant.I enjoy a juicy controversy I support writers who show courage to take on controversial ideas and contentious issues and put them to a test of literature, to examine its ins and outs with an honesty and skill required of an artist, without a care for what the easily offended might say e.g I m incensed when some self righteous people denounce Lolita solely for the nature of its topic Now t He s not stupid, but I don t like him He goes out of his way to shock people, to make himself unpleasant.I enjoy a juicy controversy I support writers who show courage to take on controversial ideas and contentious issues and put them to a test of literature, to examine its ins and outs with an honesty and skill required of an artist, without a care for what the easily offended might say e.g I m incensed when some self righteous people denounce Lolita solely for the nature of its topic Now that out of the way, it seems that Michel Houellebecq modus operandi is to think up cardboard characters largely indistinguishable from one another and have them utter the most outrageous things to trigger as many people as possible and see how much of a stir he can make and while he s at it, spice it up with a repetition of crass, tasteless, pornographic sex scenes to lure those readers who d otherwise might not have an interest in reading his books Sayoutrageous things amid the orgasmic din of double penetration and flood of semenic spurts And let s repeat that again for the next 50 pages.In a nutshell, it is a brutal satire of the West, a bitter social critique whichoften than not turns into crude and toneless social commentary of the continent s self image and its institutions The underlying premise is interesting the West is on the path to irreversible decline, society and culture are on the edge if haven t already become a caricature of themselves, social breakdown has led to the loss of love and intimacy, and the people have lost the most precious thing in life true sexual fulfillment and the honesty to seek it These are fascinating parameters and, no doubt, would ruffle many feathers The game s on I was sufficiently engaged for one third of the novel when the protagonist and his group had been travelling in Thailand I found their reactions to the new experience of Asia, their preconceived notions about culture and people being subjected to satire So far so funny, but he lost me soon and it became an ordeal to read through the rest of the story.I might be guilty of over interpreting if I entertain the view that the writer might have created his namesake protagonist as an inelegant, unpleasant, alienated, dead faced, mirthless, interesting in nothing whatever, but passably handsome and sex obsessed, middle aged French male of middling career as a symbol of the decaying West itself, out there to find sexual spiritual nirvana by exoticising the nimble, undemanding, submissive, uncomplaining bodies of Asian prostitutes It is, again, the exotic East where the West finds its own self If that is so, it makes a lot of sense why he and his lover Valerie are the way they are But this still doesn t solve the problem of him failing to get things off the ground The dry, plotless, flat stretches of text bereft of colour, sudden and unjustifiable shifts of perspective and locations, and an oversupply of porn makes it a cumbersome read So much so that when I turned over the last page the whole experience of reading it compared with having been come at in the face.I don t even need to touch on the so called controversies he so loves to start up There is little of the intelligent treatment of any ideas and views his characters have Whether it s naked misogyny, borderline racism and bigotry, nouveau Orientalism, thinly disguised Islamophobia everything is thrown in into the mix, uncooked Some who have read it in French have commented on the poor quality of the English translation That might be the case, but I still can t see how a better translation will salvage the novel from the aforementioned criticisms.October 18


  4. Chris_P Chris_P says:

    Julian Barnes informs us that Mario Vargas Llosa once described Houellebecq s Platform as insolent He meant it as a praise and I totally agree There s nothing optimistic here No silver lining in reality s dense smog but no degradation either Only raw misery and a steady pace through modern age s thick shit Platform is a good example of form following function We watch everything through the eyes of a 40 year old man who seems to be alienated from everything and everyone in a Meursault kind Julian Barnes informs us that Mario Vargas Llosa once described Houellebecq s Platform as insolent He meant it as a praise and I totally agree There s nothing optimistic here No silver lining in reality s dense smog but no degradation either Only raw misery and a steady pace through modern age s thick shit Platform is a good example of form following function We watch everything through the eyes of a 40 year old man who seems to be alienated from everything and everyone in a Meursault kind of way He lives in a world where the western people seem to live robotically work, spend, fuck, die in their nests, while the East is merely a punch bag for their neuroses A fuckland which serves as a medium to blow some steam off through sex with ever willing girls and or all kinds of fetishes and perversions West is the pillar of the world, whereas in the East, women have to sell their bodies in order to make a living Now, rationalization commands us to adopt some ridiculous beliefs sometimes, like we may very well be doing them a favor They need money, we need sex They sell, we buy One could say that we are their benefactors even We are the ones that put food to their tables and so on That s,or less, the reality Houellebecq depicts in his novel Yes, the sex scenes are purely pornographic, but is it really any wonder The protagonist experiences a certain enlightenment, which is somewhat different than Meursault s A change that could be radical but is merely subtle, enough, however, to offer him a fleeting glimpse of something that resembles happiness But can there really be such a thing when consequences need to be paid It could be that Meursault has evolved and now turns his gun towards a different direction Afterall, there are many ways of killing an Arab.While the prose is mostly dry as a wasteland, there is a number of really strong moments where our hero breaks, if only momentarily, his mental boundaries and makes important questions which are directly transferred to the reader At the same time, the immediacy of the writing style gives the novel an unpleasantly realistic aura that serves as a starting point for several questionings The fact that what we read is in the mind of an unsympathetic individual but yet seems so true and real causes a certain discomfort that only honesty can exorcise Honesty and guts.Houellebecq s Platform has been accused of being misogynic, racist and pornographic But what if it s not Platform that s all that, but our own society And what if it s simply time for us to reap what we ve sown That would be something of a start, I guess.4 stars


  5. MJ Nicholls MJ Nicholls says:

    Senryu Review When sex tourism meets Islamic terrorisma white man is sad


  6. Meike Meike says:

    This book is a fascinating mess Houellebecq attacks modern day capitalism and the atomization of society, dissects the tourism industry, ponders Islamic terrorism oh yes, and there s quite a lot of pornographic writing in this text Our protagonist is Michel yup, like the author , a guy in his early forties who works for the French Ministry of Culture where he mostly does calculations and sometimes gets confronted with ridiculous artistic projects that get monetized by the state as we all k This book is a fascinating mess Houellebecq attacks modern day capitalism and the atomization of society, dissects the tourism industry, ponders Islamic terrorism oh yes, and there s quite a lot of pornographic writing in this text Our protagonist is Michel yup, like the author , a guy in his early forties who works for the French Ministry of Culture where he mostly does calculations and sometimes gets confronted with ridiculous artistic projects that get monetized by the state as we all know, Houellebecq has always been a huge fan of the cultural establishment not Michel lives a very isolated life and has a hard time maintaining human relationships, thus being somewhat exemplary for the much discussed loneliness epidemic In his spare time, he hangs out in peep shows where he is looking for human contact and sexual relief When his father dies, Michel takes a round trip in Thailand with a French travel agency It is there where he meets and falls in love with 27 year old Val rie who herself works in the higher ranks of the French tourism industry Together with a colleague of hers, they develop a concept for organized sex tourism which becomes a big hit until Islamic terrorism ruins their plans The whole text has a confessional feel and a highly fragmentary character, as Michel often quotes scientists and elaborates on his own ideas about the spiritual and sexual state of the Western world He also frequently recounts conversations he had with people and shares his impressions and judgements of people Then we have the narrative arc itself that drives the story and keeps his musings together, plus a lot of very explicit sexual scenes This makes for a rather disparate result, but I was glued to the text, as it is apparent that this novel was written for effect, as a statement to be discussed.And this is probably the part of the review where I have to state and I can t believe that it has to be stated over and over and over again when it comes to this author that the protagonist and Houellebecq are not the same person Don t fall for simple provocations like naming the protagonist Michel Rather, one should look for the meaning of this character and face some uneasy facts The loneliness epidemic exists People stuck in the hamster wheel of capitalism, battling burn out or bore out, exist Countries like Japan struggle with the fact that rising numbers of young people don t have a sex life The incel movement exists Sex tourism exists Islamic terrorism exists Does that mean that one has to draw the same conclusions as Michel, the protagonist Absolutely not But does anyone really doubt that commercially organized sex tourism would be a successful concept if it was allowed That there is a connection between the commodification of sex and neo liberal global capitalism And that all of this is alarming, mortifying, terrible Houellebecq is talking about these issues in a provocative, no holds barred way There is no moral judgement, little empathy, there s a lot of rhetoric aiming to cover the fact that this industry is about exploitation, although it is obvious that it is The reader should look at the characters talking and what they stand for, the meanings this story might convey Houellebecq always holds my attention and makes me think, and that s why I appreciate this author


  7. Virginia Virginia says:

    Graphic sex Racism Misogyny Sex tourism Are you offended yet I don t think I can say anything about the misogyny that hasn t already been said Yes, it s misogynistic Boringly, predictably so We get it women are stupid, worthless whores Is it wrong of me to wish for a littleinnovation in my morning dose of bigotry But look at Val rie, some say Val rie is perfect which is a problem in itself She has it all youth, outstanding looks, superior skills in bed, a lot of money, a very Graphic sex Racism Misogyny Sex tourism Are you offended yet I don t think I can say anything about the misogyny that hasn t already been said Yes, it s misogynistic Boringly, predictably so We get it women are stupid, worthless whores Is it wrong of me to wish for a littleinnovation in my morning dose of bigotry But look at Val rie, some say Val rie is perfect which is a problem in itself She has it all youth, outstanding looks, superior skills in bed, a lot of money, a very successful self made career which she sthan happy to abandon in order to live in a third world sex tourism resort sucking some middle aged, boring loser s cock and sexually exploiting the locals with him for all eternity But wait view spoiler She dies in an Islamic terrorist attack hide spoiler Isn t it nice how the misogyny and Islamophobia threads are both resolved in one fell swoop.And on the topic of cocksucking, apparently it s A OK as long as the cock in question is Michel s, otherwise it s proof that you re a little worthless slut Michel knows nothing about Babette and L a other than they are young and beautiful like Val rie , they wear revealing clothes like Val rie and they went on the same packaged trip as him like Val rie But Val rie is sleeping with Michel, while Babette and L a are not they might even be gasp sleeping with other people That makes Val rie a perfect angel of pleasure descended from the heavens, and L a and Babette a pair of little cocksucking whores Apparently it s Michel s cock that does the trick.I agree with Julian Barnes review in that the sex in Platform is fundamentally pornographic The women are all exceptionally attractive and skilled, and everyone is always in top form It s glossy, performative and joyless And of course the maid joins in.With all the controversy about the novel s content, before I read it I felt that not enough attention was being paid to the form Now I know that it s because the writing itself is completely unremarkable though it does have serious problems, like the poorly thought out and poorly executed point of view shifts It s as if little thought was given to the actual craft of writing, in the rush of putting forward the controversial content I can imagine Houellebecq s thread of thought as being something like Pussy Pussy Pussy Have I said pussy enough times Am I outrageous yet Pussypussypussy Cock If I had to give a short assessment of Platform, its misogyny and Islamophobia are ultimately so unsubtle and cartoonish that they would hardly merit a mention The book is so patently meant to offend that I can t bring myself to play into it and be offended But I do find it criminally self indulgent and poorly crafted, and that is what makes it not worth your time


  8. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    Can t stand the masturbatory writing of Houellebecq Can t stand it.


  9. Steven Godin Steven Godin says:

    My third Houellebecq novel, and it sits right smack bang in between the other two with it s dick hanging out The Elementary Particles or Atomised as I knew it then I really liked It was rude and crude yes, but the story had me hooked and it very well written, whereas Lanzarote I really didn t like It was cheap and tacky and lazy and featured a narrator I wanted to kick in the balls and push into a live volcano Regardless what people mostly women make of him and his themes, there is no do My third Houellebecq novel, and it sits right smack bang in between the other two with it s dick hanging out The Elementary Particles or Atomised as I knew it then I really liked It was rude and crude yes, but the story had me hooked and it very well written, whereas Lanzarote I really didn t like It was cheap and tacky and lazy and featured a narrator I wanted to kick in the balls and push into a live volcano Regardless what people mostly women make of him and his themes, there is no doubt he can write a decent novel, or at least when it suits him I get the impression had I gobbled up all his novels it would be a case of only liking some of them It s widely been said he is the first French novelist since Camus to find a bigger following outside of France Maybe But I can certainly think of a few countries that he wouldn t get such a warm welcome, namely the Muslim ones You know from page one with the words fat cock and cunt just what sort of book it s going to be He likes profanity, so for those easily offended he isn t the writer for you.While in Thailand, Michel, the narrator falls in love with Val rie, an employee of the tour company, which is in business difficulties Back in Paris, they embark on a steamy love affair With the narrative sometimes in the doldrums, the sex becomes soggy, various, and frantic Michel persuades Val rie and her boss to convert the company s hotels in Thailand and the Caribbean to sex tourism The new package holidays are a success with the Germans a stupid race, apparently, notoriously without culture The story somehow works, albeit in a preposterous way, as we are not really in the face of reality Houellebecq is at pains to exclude any sentiment unless it is banal, ignorant and touristic, and unfortunately he becomes hopelessly distracted by his incontinent love of sexual description.Michel is prone to flashes of pointless rage, but his biggest characteristic is a fear of Muslims.Platform for some will seem nothingthan a degrading, lewd, anti liberal, anti semitic novel, but there were other aspects to story, like loneliness, and frustration that just about kept me interested


  10. Brendan Brendan says:

    i m really into this guy right now he seems to hate everything, which i can appreciate this had a surprising tenderness to it, in comparison to The Elementary Particles, even though there s plenty of bitter social critique what i like most is Houellebecq s realization that the we in the West are like the declining Roman Empire he s able to articulate this thesis through his characters but as well as through interjections on social theory.this book is not without flaws, in particular its stra i m really into this guy right now he seems to hate everything, which i can appreciate this had a surprising tenderness to it, in comparison to The Elementary Particles, even though there s plenty of bitter social critique what i like most is Houellebecq s realization that the we in the West are like the declining Roman Empire he s able to articulate this thesis through his characters but as well as through interjections on social theory.this book is not without flaws, in particular its strange, pehaps simply lazy, changing of narrative perspective, but the central themes are uniquely provocative, and not in a leftist or right wing way Houellebecq belongs to no party except the Misanthrope Party, which is why he s been able to enrage all elements of the political spectrum my feeling is, when you re able to do that, you re doing something right