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!!> Download ➽ Serotonin ➸ Author Michel Houellebecq – Vejega.info With apologies to Gwen Stefani times I ve been around that trackSo it s not just gonna happen like that.This is my 5th Houellebecq novel and his 8th.In the best, and most quoted, line in Shaun Whitehead s translation of Michel Houllebecq s Serotonin, the narrator argues that, for Western culture, the third millennium is one millennium too many, in the way that boxers have one fight too many, which is perhaps the overriding theme of all of the author s With apologies to Gwen Stefani times I ve been around that trackSo it s not just gonna happen like that.This is my 5th Houellebecq novel and his 8th.In the best, and most quoted, line in Shaun Whitehead s translation of Michel Houllebecq s Serotonin, the narrator argues that, for Western culture, the third millennium is one millennium too many, in the way that boxers have one fight too many, which is perhaps the overriding theme of all of the author s works When I read Houellebecq s previous novel Submission translated by Lori Stein it felt like a boxer taking on an easy fight for the purse money, rather than taking on a challenge From my review of Submission Overall frustrating The novel has the typical issues with any of his books the sexism and general misanthropy, the flat prose but that s part of the package and I have read and really enjoyed both The Elementary Particles and The Map and the Territory And the Huysmans angle here could have made this a great novel until Houellebecq decided to dumb the whole concept down to generate sales And this one feels like one novel too many, with a punch drunk novelist lashing out, but his trademark shots no longer landing.I heard that you were talking shitAnd you didn t think that I would hear itPeople hear you talking like that, getting everybody fired up.At one point in the novel, the narrator comes across a part refurbished ancient chateau It was less of a castle than an incoherent collection of buildings in various states of conservation, but it was hard to reconstruct the initial plan Which again feels like the novel the reader is reading Much of the focus of the reception of the novel has been on the prescient story of the protesting farmers, anticipating the Gilets Jaunes movement But this is dealt with in less than 10% of the novel, inserted rather randomly 2 3rds of the way through, and a novel featuring French farmers railing against the withdrawal of subsidies isn t so much prescient as historical.And the attempts to fire up the audience feel increasingly pathetic There is one particular, completely out of context, scene involving a German tourist and a 10 year old girl that is very hard to excuse.The opening of the novel which explains the narrator ditching his current girlfriend appears included simply to add some canine pornographic detail that even the narrator admits I thought contributed little to the overall tale Cause I ain t no Houellebecq guyI ain t no Houellebecq guy Overall, a bizarre inclusion on the Booker International ListThis Guardian review from a reader new to Houellebecq is on the nail Suprisingly touching and perceptive novel Don t get me wrong, I do think Houellebecq is a very skilful writer, his novels are linguistically perfect but he himself a bit aloof and distanced It took me some time books to get used to him and by then I could see a provocateur, enfant terrible of French literature, someone with pleasure stirring up a hornet s nest I saw him criticised from right to left For misogyny, pornography, aggressiveness, amorality, cynicism and misanthropy But this Ma Suprisingly touching and perceptive novel Don t get me wrong, I do think Houellebecq is a very skilful writer, his novels are linguistically perfect but he himself a bit aloof and distanced It took me some time books to get used to him and by then I could see a provocateur, enfant terrible of French literature, someone with pleasure stirring up a hornet s nest I saw him criticised from right to left For misogyny, pornography, aggressiveness, amorality, cynicism and misanthropy But this Maybe with age Houellebecq just got softy or simply warmed to fellow human being Because he s compassionate, he s emphatetic, he s humane here And I liked him in that new scene a lot I do hope my serotonin level is a bit higher than the main protagonist of the novel, Florent Claude Labrouste, has it But, man, how I understand that guy How I can relate to his sense of defeat and failure, how often I put on my face smile number four and go to work, how frequently I feel forced to pretend everything s fine and how tired of that I am Houellebecq has written very sad novel, depressing even, on pervasive sadness, solitude and slow dying You may disagree with the author s statements on human condition and modern society but he can be very observant indeed, you have to give him that Someone pointed in their review that new born babies have the highest level of happiness hormon It can t be a coincidence, don t you think Es Ist Nicht Die Zukunft, Es Ist Die Gegenwart, Die Dich T Tet, Die Wiederkommt, Um An Dir Zu Nagen In SEROTONIN Rechnet Die Hauptfigur Ab Mit Der Modernen Gesellschaft, Der Wirtschaft, Der Politik Und Mit Sich Selbst Der Umwerfendste Schriftsteller Unserer Gegenwart Julia Encke, FAS A bit of a shark jumper for Houellebecq, whose talents as a writer remain undeniable SEROTONIN is a fast read, gripping despite a lack of suspense It the story of a gourmand who medicates for depression and makes increasingly odd choices while journeying through his past The polemic treatment of the west in decline is often fascinating, and though I don t agree with Houellebecq on many things, it is fun to argue with him internally about things like free trade a lengthy dairy farmer sequen A bit of a shark jumper for Houellebecq, whose talents as a writer remain undeniable SEROTONIN is a fast read, gripping despite a lack of suspense It the story of a gourmand who medicates for depression and makes increasingly odd choices while journeying through his past The polemic treatment of the west in decline is often fascinating, and though I don t agree with Houellebecq on many things, it is fun to argue with him internally about things like free trade a lengthy dairy farmer sequence is fascinating , the internet s effect on traditional values, and psychiatric medication The problem is that the stuff that is going to get attention a bestiality sequence, a pedophilia sequence, scattered racist humor is unfathomably dumb, and worse, it s lazy Fear often masquerades as bravery Look hard at this book whenever the author gets worried about plot, he puts something shocking in, because he is insecure about his character s motivations The transgressive sections of the novel show a writer who resorts to slight of hand But the tragedy is that the writing beneath, and the character work, did not need to be concealed At one point, the lead finds a big ornate volume of Marquis de Sade s works, but he later reveals that he prefers Arthur Conan Doyle It was the truest insight of this frustratingly good novel Before reading Celebrity Death Match Special S rotonine versus Snow White Payot Payot It s off to shop we go With a hammer and a pick and Houellebecq s dickPayot Payot, Payot, PayotWinner the inevitable collapse of Western societyAfter reading As usual, the idiots who just flick through the pages looking for things to get agitated about have found passages to fill up their vacuous articles, and you will see ugly woman academics who have made a professionBefore reading Celebrity Death Match Special S rotonine versus Snow White Payot Payot It s off to shop we go With a hammer and a pick and Houellebecq s dickPayot Payot, Payot, PayotWinner the inevitable collapse of Western societyAfter reading As usual, the idiots who just flick through the pages looking for things to get agitated about have found passages to fill up their vacuous articles, and you will see ugly woman academics who have made a profession out of arguing that most normal male behaviour is morally wrong complaining that the book, for example, contains detailed descriptions of girls being fucked by two dogs at once, or what you will see if you watch a piece of amateur child pornography naturally one expects this, it s unfair to blame them, perhaps there is a clause in their contracts which obliges them to write this kind of piece, orlikely they live in perpetual fear that a jealous rival will denounce them for being insufficiently in tune with whatever dogma is currently dominating the narrow circle they inhabit and cut off access to the specialised and unenjoyable kind of sex their beliefs oblige them to practice But I digress, in fact Houellebecq s latest book is a rather good psychological novel which often manages to be, I expect this to shock the usual suspects even , insightful, and, not too strong a word, moving I could go into details, but having got past the sex I imagine that virtually everyone will by now have stopped reading, so, all things considered, it seems to me that I might as well save myself the trouble and stop here Thank you Serotonin by Michel HouellebecqThe protagonist of the novel is the 46 year old Florent Claude Labrouste, an advisor to the Agriculture Department, suffering from depression and taking Captorix fictitious antidepressant The life story is accompanied by numerous political and social changes in France Linguistically very impressive again, the plot here is the language I like Houllebecq s amazing writing style, and consider him an interesting author His novels are essentially very similar Wh Serotonin by Michel HouellebecqThe protagonist of the novel is the 46 year old Florent Claude Labrouste, an advisor to the Agriculture Department, suffering from depression and taking Captorix fictitious antidepressant The life story is accompanied by numerous political and social changes in France Linguistically very impressive again, the plot here is the language I like Houllebecq s amazing writing style, and consider him an interesting author His novels are essentially very similar What bothered me was that the protagonist described sodomic or pedophile practices, but he lacks critical distance from these incidents Serotonin is an extremely entertaining novel, apart from a part of disgusting sex stories This is the saddest and most tragic novel by Houellebecq I have read so far Houellebecq seemed to have lost the bite of his provocative aggressiveness in this novel and although we readers got used to it and found it amusing at least I did , I must say it really moved me to read this unusually compassionate novel by him He still has plenty of aggravating and sharp things to say, so we don t have to worry there s nothing left to chuckle over I hope he will continue in this new voice I am per This is the saddest and most tragic novel by Houellebecq I have read so far Houellebecq seemed to have lost the bite of his provocative aggressiveness in this novel and although we readers got used to it and found it amusing at least I did , I must say it really moved me to read this unusually compassionate novel by him He still has plenty of aggravating and sharp things to say, so we don t have to worry there s nothing left to chuckle over I hope he will continue in this new voice I am perhaps mistaken, but it seems that he is finally trying to establish some connection to his readers instead of constantly slapping them around the head I think I m going to create a new shelf entitled pornography with pretentions No, God forbid, because I d risk incurring the wrath of the brigade who understand good literature and are not going to be put off by a few manifestations of misogyny or a dozen half naked women swaying their arses around in search of a good c ck that the hero of the book is happy to point their way Or rather, not is, was Alas, not anyWhat a predicament What a sad state of affairs Definitely worth 320 pag I think I m going to create a new shelf entitled pornography with pretentions No, God forbid, because I d risk incurring the wrath of the brigade who understand good literature and are not going to be put off by a few manifestations of misogyny or a dozen half naked women swaying their arses around in search of a good c ck that the hero of the book is happy to point their way Or rather, not is, was Alas, not anyWhat a predicament What a sad state of affairs Definitely worth 320 pages in the Penguin edition in my epub edition borrowed from the local library, 490 excruciating pages But really, how can anyone not sympathise with the plight of a 46 year old man who cannot get it up any, especially after he is prescribed Captorix a medication based on serotonin, hence the title for treating depression Depression, yes, the bane of middle aged Western men, who we should all feel sorry for Sorry for their wasted lives, for their lost loves i.e the women who they alienated by doing precisely what their nature as men asks them to do, i.e f k around as much as they can But how can one not admire Houellebecq s eloquence, his subtlety of expression, which captures so elegantly the complex emotions of his hero, a man who understands so very well the problems that the EU has caused to the farmers of France with its intransigence on milk quotas, its heavy handedness when it comes to the changing landscape of French agriculture policies that literally destroy lives for the sake of a failed ideology, free trade Yes, of course, one can admire that except that the hero is basically a fraud who feels for the sons of France whilst at the same time working for Monsanto and the French ministry of agriculture and is keen to show environmentalists the error of their ways.Is there any integrity there It seems not Not because writers cannot assume different personas and populate different worlds but because Houellebecq s hero seems littlethan a vindication of the average misogynistic man who sees women only as p y and complex socio political problems as something that can be milked for the sake of generating a nice stream of income As James Lasdun put it in his review of the book in the Guardian,To some extent one reads Houellebecq precisely for his willingness to risk being loathed The danger, amplified with every success, is that the self shaming becomes a manner, a formula Shock is a tricky commodity for an author to trade in over the long term, and it has to be said that the first third of his new novel, Serotonin, reads like an object lesson in the law of diminishing returns Diminishing returns, indeedBut, I m sure there is an objection here an author is not his hero, the narrator does not necessarily express the views of the author, indeed by inhabiting the mind of a unlikeable man, an author can make valuable points about the post modern predicament, the way we live now, etc., etc Oh, how naive I ve been How very naive, not to have understood the basics of literary theory Well, I m going to present a series of quotes from the book and if you think that there s anything exquisitely literary about them, I stand to be corrected Be warned, though Read on at your peril I found myself constantly in a situation of free choice between three holes and how many women can you say that about The effect of those few words was magical I immediately felt that she was reassured, nearly everyone always prefers blaming the other person s anti depressants rather than their own rolls of fat.What she needed was ordinary conjugal affection andimmediately a cock in her cunt, but that was precisely what was no longer possible for her.either way I was sure that her pussy had remained wettable for a long time, so come on, she hadn t had that bad a life.There was just the matter of the girl who couldn t remember if she d agreed to be fucked in the arse.Oh, yes, I forgot I m a prude The New EuropeanI try I really do I want to be hip, and cosmopolitan, and wittily detached I even take the trouble to track Houellebecq s locations on GoogleEarth in order to keep my interest levels up But I fail I do I fail I feel broken, dissipated, impotent I try to hide it but the lines on my face are unmistakable marks of defeat as well as age I must be the wrong temperament, or the wrong nationality, or perhaps have the wrong hormones Yes, that s it, the hormones.I do enjoy the s The New EuropeanI try I really do I want to be hip, and cosmopolitan, and wittily detached I even take the trouble to track Houellebecq s locations on GoogleEarth in order to keep my interest levels up But I fail I do I fail I feel broken, dissipated, impotent I try to hide it but the lines on my face are unmistakable marks of defeat as well as age I must be the wrong temperament, or the wrong nationality, or perhaps have the wrong hormones Yes, that s it, the hormones.I do enjoy the self satisfied Euro cynicism and the complacent nationalistic profilingYou re never well received by the English they are almost as racist as the Japanese, like a lite version of them How could a Dutch person be xenophobic That s an oxymoron right there Holland isn t a country, it s a business at bestAnd I know about the literary allusions, the very French psycho drama, and the implicit rebuke of the culture of late stage global capitalism Serotonin is no doubt a work 0f refined and sensitive taste.But taste just doesn t compensate for the pervasive dullness of the story, the triviality and banality of the descriptive details, or the smug vapidness of the characters Tout est de ma faute J ai eu l ducation d un paysan et je n ai jamais lu Moli re Je ne peux que baisser la t te de honte Now Longlisted for the International Booker Prize 2020You have to give it to Houellebecq that he knows how to ridicule the media hype machine by making it his willing accomplice, so don t get distracted by the flashy trigger words masturbation impotence suicide paedophilia sodomy drugs and let s look at the heart of this story that beats underneath all of this, and beats much stronger than the hearts of the people depicted Houellebecq s new novel is told from the perspective of 46 year Now Longlisted for the International Booker Prize 2020You have to give it to Houellebecq that he knows how to ridicule the media hype machine by making it his willing accomplice, so don t get distracted by the flashy trigger words masturbation impotence suicide paedophilia sodomy drugs and let s look at the heart of this story that beats underneath all of this, and beats much stronger than the hearts of the people depicted Houellebecq s new novel is told from the perspective of 46 year old agricultural engineer Florent Claude Labrouste and has two interwoven narrative strands In one, Labrouste looks back at his failed love life and tells us about the women he loved well, or at least had sex with and lost in the other, we learn about the tragic destiny of his friend Aymeric with whom he went to university and who became a farmer Houellebecq himself also studied agricultural engineering and, like Labrouste, used to work for the French Ministry of Agriculture While Labrouste joins the administrative side, Aymeric turns away from his decadent noble family and starts a biological farm both end up disillusioned and broken Although he has become quite wealthy, Labrouste perceives his career as failed because he didn t achieve to protect and support the French farmers against global economic interests, and I will not spoil here what happens to Aymeric, but let me re assure you that it s absolutely terrible to claim that these scenes predicted the gilets jaunes in France, as many press articles have claimed, seems pretty far fetched to me though Serotonin makes a strong argument for sustainable farming and against intensive stock rearing as well as the destruction of the environment, and I am pretty sure that Houellebecq, the moralist, is dead serious with his message While I do not share his cynical view of the EU or politics in general, I applaud him for putting questions of European agricultural policies at the center of a novel who else does that And this guy sure has the power to spark a debate Now on to the other narrative strand, Labrouste s love life, where we encounter tons of classic Houellebecq themes Our protagonist, middle aged, white, lonely and severely depressed, is still longing for his lost love Camille, who he will try to find during the course of the novel, but also tells us about many other women who played a role during his life Interestingly, Labrouste does believe that true love used to exist, and his parents marriage is portrayed as perfect and pure like an almost religious ideal an ideal that, according to Labrouste, has been corrupted by postmodern hardcore capitalism and the commodification of human beings And now we re of course right in the middle of the classic Houellebecq discourse Sexual escapades, aging men possessed by their lust for young women men, women having sex to gain some advantage, hookers, sex tourism, child abuse etc pp decay that is brought about by spiritual emptiness Many, many ideas Houellebecq utters in different contexts which does not mean that he necessarily means them, but that that doesn t even matter here are questionable and I strongly disagree with a lot of what he says, but again, to write a book that so brutally focuses on the devastating effects of loneliness and the feeling of defeat certainly does have merit in times like ours It s not about agreeing with this author, it s about discussing what he says The title giving Serotonin is of course a neurotransmitter that among other things contributes to feelings of well being and happiness Our narrator is prescribed a new kind of anti depressant to increase his serotonin levels, a drug that has impotence as a side effect and that allows the patient to function in a commodified world That s what it comes down to Labrouste is struggling to function, but for what, and for how long This book will cause you some laughs, it will make you think and sometimes shake your head, it has some lengths that will annoy you, it has twists that will make you gasp, you will be fascinated and appalled, but above all and I guess that s why some people are desperately trying to write all of this off as irony this is a book about alienation and pain stakingly sad Houellebecq, still one of the greatest living authors

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