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Shvoong Home>Books>Novels & Novellas>la possibilité d'une île(The Possibility of An sland) Review

la possibilité d'une île(The Possibility of An sland)

Book Review   by:Mahendra Yadav     Original Author: michel houellebecq
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This abstract was translated from la possibilité d'une île
 
"the possibility of an island" is a book which made great
noise when coming out very mediatized. Is Michel
Houellebecq is malignant, but for as much a pro of
marketing, as its "enemies claim it"? Does it have to
redden of its success, or to consider it illegitimate? Can
one reproach him for attracting the insane love as much
that savage hatred? Why to be posed so many questions,
since above all, Michel Houellebecq is a writer, who
disturbs, certainly, which says the things crûment,
certainly, but which says them in a way right and sincere.
One can consider his attitude cynical, just like one could
say of Gainsbourg which it was him as sacrément skilful
behind its self-destroying attitude "the possibility of an
island" is a book as it is necessary to read, therefore,
once that the media storm passed. The "Goncourt suspense"
is finished, since Houellebecq was done capped with the
post by Weyergans, much more "literarily correct". "the
possibility of an island" was judged in an extreme way:
the ones said that the book was null, and the others did
not hesitate to speak about masterpiece. Without going
until there, let us say that "the possibility" is the book
in which Houellebecq is delivered in the absolute way which
is. One finds there all the elements which made its
success (cold humour, scenes of sex, dashes poetic and
despaired, etc). But what strikes more, it is that this
book constitutes a setting in abyss of all these elements.
With through this history of eternal life, via the human
cloning in the "Raël", Houellebecq invites us to reflect on
what is the life, not eternal, but the life in itself,
ranging between the birth and death...
Published: April 19, 2006   
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