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TorgoX (1933)


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Journal of TorgoX (1933)

Wednesday September 18, 2002
02:08 AM

Heyhey, kids!

[ #7797 ]
Dear Log,

Well, we found the real-life Krusty the Klown....

«[Houellebecq's] hangdog look in the dock may have been due in part to reading depressing British reviews of Platform, which recounts Michel's adventures of selling sex holidays in Thailand.

The Guardian said it did not add up. The Sunday Times wrote it off as "pretentious, banal, badly written and boring" and the Times said that Mr Houellebecq, who French critics like to bracket with Albert Camus, was no more a novelist of ideas than Benny Hill.»

--"Calling Islam stupid lands author in court "

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  • In fact I was going to post a journal entry about this. Being French, I do agree 100% with the Times here. (I don't like Camus very much, but at least he knew grammar, which is not the case of Houellebecq.)

    Quoting from the Gardian article :

    A petition being handed round by Sollers, the most assiduous self-publiciser among contemporary novelists, drew on the collective wisdom of an impressive legion of dead writers, beginning with Blaise Pascal and running through Montaigne, Voltaire and Lévi-Strauss,

    • I've read 'Plateforme' and 'Les particules élémentaires' (AKA 'Atomized'). Both are excellent especially the former and both were well-received by the critics in France. The fact that the author stated that Islam was the stupidest of religions or that sex tourism was a good thing have nothing to do with the quality of his work. I don't agree with him on those two points but I still think he's a very good writer. (BTW, I'm not French.)
  • There's an interesting article on Houellebecq in The Economist. Their critic's view is that 'Plateforme' makes 'good reading'. Here's the link (you might have to be a subscriber to read it):