HOUELLEBECQ LANZAROTE PDF

Fiction is another sphere where salesmanship tries to part us from our cash, promising to take us somewhere enlivening. The manipulative distortions of bookmaking and advertising flourish on the attractive jacket, which displays the painted statue of a bosomy blonde mermaid. Doubtless these breasts codedly intimate that Lanzarote is indeed a proper beach book - satirical and disillusioned and all that, but also a guaranteed vivid rendering of touristic sexual hedonism. Our hero, however, is no youthful party animal, but a mildly sociopathic sad sack fortysomething Frenchman on a one-week pack age, who jerks off in his room to MTV with the sound down. Many will guiltily enjoy the dismissive, politically incorrect prejudices as narratorial hostility or disdain washes in turn over Belgium, Luxembourg, Norwegians, English tourists, four-wheel-drives, anti-smokers, priests, American imperialists, Muslims, the 20th century

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Shelves: contemporary-fiction Lanzarote is a short only 87 pages novella by Michel Houllebeq, which incidentally is a small volcanic Spanish island off the coast of Africa. This novella has several of the elements from Platform, a vacation setting, sex, humor, and a rant against Muslims.

His prose is very easy to digest and as I mentioned often quite funny here he is discussing Lanzarote is a short only 87 pages novella by Michel Houllebeq, which incidentally is a small volcanic Spanish island off the coast of Africa. Alone among Europeans in the middle- and higher income brackets, the English are notable by their absence from mainstream holiday destinations. Nevertheless, meticulous and systematic research, supported by considerable data makes it possible to map their movements during summer pasturing.

They gather in small groups and head for unlikely islands absent from Continental holiday brochures- Malta, Madeira, or, indeed Lanzarote. One there, they duplicate the principal elements of their home environment right there. When asked to explain their choice of destination, they give answers which are evasive and tautological: I came because I came here last year.

It is apparent that the Englishman is not motivated by a keen appetite for discovery. Indeed, one may observe that he is not interested in architecture, landscapes, in anything whatsoever. In the early evening, after a short trip to the beach, he is to be found drinking bizarre cocktails.

The presence of English at a resort, therefore, is no guide to the intrinsic interest of the destination, its splendor or its possible tourist potential. The Englishman goes to a particular tourist destination purely because he certain that the will meet other Englishmen there.

In this, he is diametrically opposed to the Frenchman, so enamored of himself that the mere sight of a compatriot abroad is anathema to him. For this reason, Lanzarote is a destination to be recommended to the French. It was a very pleasurable short read.

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Shelves: contemporary-fiction Lanzarote is a short only 87 pages novella by Michel Houllebeq, which incidentally is a small volcanic Spanish island off the coast of Africa. This novella has several of the elements from Platform, a vacation setting, sex, humor, and a rant against Muslims. His prose is very easy to digest and as I mentioned often quite funny here he is discussing Lanzarote is a short only 87 pages novella by Michel Houllebeq, which incidentally is a small volcanic Spanish island off the coast of Africa. Alone among Europeans in the middle- and higher income brackets, the English are notable by their absence from mainstream holiday destinations. Nevertheless, meticulous and systematic research, supported by considerable data makes it possible to map their movements during summer pasturing.

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In a lengthy autobiographical article published on his website now defunct , he states that his parents "lost interest in [his] existence pretty quickly", and at the age of six, he was sent to France to live with his paternal grandmother, a communist , while his mother left to live a hippie lifestyle in Brazil with her recent boyfriend. He graduated in , married and had a son; then he divorced, and became depressed. They divorced in Six years later, in , he published a biographical essay on the horror writer H.

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