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Let us read the book 'Whatever' by Michel Houellebecq

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Thu 06 Sep 18:30 - 20:30

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Let us read the book 'Whatever' by Michel Houellebecq.

We will have 1 month to read the book and come together to Daniel`s house for snacks and to discuss the book as a book club group.

We will meet at 6.30pm until 8.30pm on THURSDAY 6th September Protected content .

As this will be the tenth book club meeting, we will discuss the book for next month.

Details of the book are as follows:

Whatever (French: Extension du domaine de la lutte, literally "extension of the area of struggle") is the debut novel of French writer Michel Houellebecq, which was published in Protected content France and in Protected content the UK. It primarily highlights the effects of the industrialization of the intimate spaces of human affect, through the story of a depressed and isolated man stuck in a tedious but well-paying programming job: Just thirty, with a well-paid job, depression and no love life, the narrator and anti-hero par excellence of this grim, funny, and clever novel smokes four packs of cigarettes a day and writes weird animal stories in his spare time.

A painfully realistic portrayal of the vanishing freedom of a world governed by science and by the empty rituals of daily life, Whatever alludes to economic competition extending into the search for relationships. As the book says, a free market has absolute winners and absolute losers, and the same applies to relationships in a society that does not value monogamy but rather exhorts people to seek the happiness that always eludes them through the path of sexual consumerism, in pursuit of narcissistic satisfaction.

Houellebecq's first novel was a smash hit in France, expressing the misanthropic voice of a generation. Houellebecq's bitter, sarcastic and exasperated narrator vociferously expresses his frustration and disgust with the world.

Michel Houellebecq Protected content a French author, filmmaker, and poet. Having written poetry and a biographical essay on the horror writer H. P. Lovecraft, he published his first novel, Whatever, in Protected content . His next novel, Atomised, published in Protected content , brought him international fame as well as controversy. Platform followed in Protected content .

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