Lanzarote is a novella by the French author Michel Houellebecq, published in France in from a draft written at an unspecified earlier time. Pedro Blas Gonzalez Lanzarote – Michel Houellebecq See all books by Michel Houellebecq at | Lanzarote is a. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Lanzarote by Michel Houellebecq.

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The end of the millennium approaches and the narrator isn’t looking forward to New Year.

As usual, disturbing but great. All of Michel Houellebecq’s usual concerns and areas of interest, that is: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Worth an hour of reading if you’ve read “The Possibility of an Island”. This is not my favorite book by Houellebecq, but houellenecq was entertaining.

Is it take on modern tourism? That’s why I’m giving this a “soft hoellebecq maybe closer to a 2. Feb 18, Rob Tapper added it.

Houellebecq counters airy intellectualism with a mordant common sense. English Choose a language for shopping.

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Worth reading for the die hard Houellebecq fan. The narrator isn’t too brooding; rather, he’s more off-handed in his commentary and observations. Aunque no es su mejor relato, en esta obra se encuentra presente mucha de la irreverencia y la genialidad de Houellebecq.

As with other Houellebecq novels, this one has moments of cynical wisdom and hilarious black humor. However, the scope of the book is a bit limited, and seems to be a supplement or extra chapter for ‘The Possibility of an Island.


Communicating in halting English, the three are soon engaged in pan-European sex on a secluded nudist beach.

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Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Many will guiltily enjoy the dismissive, politically incorrect prejudices as narratorial hostility or disdain washes in turn over Belgium, Luxembourg, Norwegians, English tourists, four-wheel-drives, anti-smokers, priests, American imperialists, Muslims, the 20th century… … The unnamed narrator is evidently a run-through for the one called Michel in Platform, and Lanzarote is indeed an earlier, sketchier composition than that terrifyingly far-reaching vision of the free world of globalisation, mass sex-tourism and fundamentalist terrorism it chillingly anticipated the Bali bombing.

It just descends into a lazy, half- hearted ending, as holes At 80 odd small pages long, this would be lucky to qualify as a novella.

Borrowed it because It’s so short, only 70 pages, and I wanted to just get an impression of the author’s pen before perhaps reading something more demanding by him. Some of these items ship sooner than the others. Preview — Lanzarote by Michel Houellebecq.

It is apparent that the Englishman is not motivated by a keen appetite for discovery. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

On Lanzarote, one can meet some fascinating h Realising that his New Year is probably going to be a disaster, as usual, our narrator, on impulse, walks into a travel agency to book a week in the sun. It’s a travelogue that morphs into semi-hot threesome scenes that houellebecq transforms into what seem like non-fictional notes for the religious sect from “The Possibility of an Island”.

His prose is very easy to digest and as I mentioned often quite funny here he is discussing the holiday habits of different nationalities: His harping on supposed national characteristics of European holidaymakers is funny, but since then the Euro houelkebecq been created and doing well despite several crises and several EU enlargements some questionable have taken place.


MH soon makes the acquaintance of bisexual Pam and Barbara from Germany and depressed policeman Rudi from Luxemburg, working in Brussels, which he Rudi describes as crime-ridden and worse. Indeed, one may observe that he is not interested in architecture, landscapes, in anything whatsoever.

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Lanzarote is not a mythical island in the Atlantic. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. A Life in Letters is published by Penguin. Houellebecq is respected in France but not loved.

The complete review ‘s Review:. In Britain, writers of the Auberon Waugh school never quite descend into bitterness: Get the best at Telegraph Puzzles. On Lanzarote, one can meet some fascinating human specimens – notably Pam and Barbara, ‘non-exclusive’ German lesbians – who can give rise to some interesting combinations. View all 12 comments. Michel Houellebecq visited Lanzarote in the Canary Islands because his travel agent was unable to provide a non-Muslim Arab country for his winter-sun break.