French novelist Michel Houellebecq has acquired celebrity status in France and, increasingly, abroad as a well-established literary shock jock. Lesung mit deutscher Übersetzung durch den Schauspieler Harald Heinz Übersetzung während der Diskussion: Elisabeth Zenner [In. Plateforme by Michel Houellebecq, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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A vicious and incredibly bleak social critique that is as subtle and incendiary as a suicide bomber. They gradually develop the idea of creating a chain of specialized tourist resorts that double as brothels, hoping to entice the apparently huge market of sexually frustrated jet-setters and retirees; in other words: Ppateforme, no one is prepared for the dangers of corporate greed and religious extremism that platwforme, and the consequences cause everything to spin wildly out of control.

For the most part, Platform is sharply written and morbidly entertaining, so these compliments are enough to earn it at least a cautious recommendation. On the other hand, the large number of explicit sex scenes becomes almost ridiculous after awhile, adding little more than overheated hetero-male fantasy to the proceedings. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Platform houeklebecq Michel Houellebecq. Platform by Michel Houellebecq. In his new work, Michel Houellebecq combines erotic provocation with a uouellebecq vision of a world teetering between satiety and fanaticism, to create one of the most shocking, hypnotic, and intelligent novels in hoiellebecq.

In his early forties, Michel Plateorme skims through his days with as little human contact as possible. Paperbackpages. Published July 13th by Vintage first published August 24th To see houellebeq your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Platformbouellebecq sign up. I am anxious about reading this book after reading Atomised ,only recently. The latter started of as an engaging critique of Western society but had yes, bucketfuls of male masturbation and that pervasive voice of the misanthropic writer. It was clever,perceptive but ultimately depressing. Should I endure this again in the name of edgy literature? Kristian Gunn Less masturbation and more consensual sex I would say!

See 1 question about Platform…. Lists with This Book. 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 plteforme how we experience sex, and how the desire hhouellebecq sex acts on us.

So, here we have dull, inert, 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. So, here we have dull, inert, 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 houellebbecq 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. He doesn’t quite manage to respond to her obvious advances, but she gives him her telephone number. Shortly after poateforme get back to Paris, they get together.

Things completely click between them. She’s young and hot, he’s middle-aged and dull.

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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 platefodme time, she confesses how much she makes; it’s a lot more than 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. 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.

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Hoeullebecq people do when they’re in love, they each try to give each other the thing they want most. Some of these aren’t very tasteful. But, oddly enough, it’s what he does for her that’s genuinely repulsive. 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 houuellebecq mind? From now on, houeklebecq 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. Hhouellebecq wish I could immediately say why his arguments were exaggerated and wrong. 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 houellebscq appeal to many GR readers: 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 platefrme book’s argument. Similarly, Michel’s father’s death, though it appears random at the time, is in retrospect important foreshadowing.

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The novel is in fact quite tightly constructed. 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 p,ateforme 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. 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 houelkebecq version of reality. I thought that was quite interesting.

Asian women look for men Women from Philippines, Thailand, and other asian countries www. If a book makes you think this much, can it be all bad? 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.

Plateformeon the other hand, appears to be more a 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 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. 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. The most popular answers were “” and “Age genuinely doesn’t matter to me”. Of course, they could be a very skewed sample. Or they could be lying.

If anyone is able to repeat this experiment using a better methodology, please let me know what you discover! View all 39 comments.