The Elementary Particles by Michel HouellebecqIts a curious idea to reproduce when you dont even like life.
Its rare to come across a book filled with so pure of hate. At first I thought maybe its was just some good old fashioned misogyny, with maybe a little bit of nationalism and Arab hating thrown in, but then something curious happened, the whole of society got thrown into the hate-fest that is this book. Hippies? Hate them a lot. Italians? Yep, really hate them, we dont say why we just do. Nature? Fuck it!! Sex? Love it but hate it. French Intellectuals? Oh really fuck those guys, especially Deleuze, but make it clear we dont like any of those guys from the 60s. 1968? Hahahaha, fucking assholes. Children? Masterbation fodder, or else just more fucking people. Growing old? Really hate it. People lying to themselves that they arent old? Hate them so much too. Hate hate hate hate hate.
It might not sound possible but this book might possibly hate everything, the author / narrator doesnt even seem to place himself in any kind of position where it seems like he would be saying oh look at all of these poor shits!! If only there were more people like me in the world, a race of mes!! And Ill call them super-men!!! Nope, there is nothing Nietzschean here, rather its all sort of the most pessimistic Kant imaginable. One were the ethics are based on total shit as an imperative.
But through all of this hate and the depressing feelings of the total waste of life we all are, and the simple fact that no one is going to be happy, it will elude us and the desire for happiness will only make us miserable; this book ends up being an interesting, and enjoyable read.
How to Write a Book Review
Elementary Grade Book Review Activities For the Classroom
These elementary grade book review activities are intended to give students the opportunity to express their opinions on the books they read. They also practice their persuasive writing techniques and learn how to critically evaluate books. One purpose of doing a book review is to truly explore what reaction the reader has to a piece of work and to continue introspective thinking by digging deeper. The reviewer then has to justify his conclusions to an audience. If students are given the impression that their ideas are important and even influential, they may begin to take expressing themselves more seriously. The teacher should first begin by exposing the students to some examples of book reviews.
That book becomes a part of me. In the first paragraphs, I write about my personal connection to the book being reviewed:. When I was 12 years old, I remember the first time I realized my parents were just people. My mom was mad at my dad for something. She was just like any other friend who might tell me something about another girl to ensure her friendship with me. This kind of more grown up thinking is the start of adulthood.