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Houellebecq = Marmite

September 24, 2008

The Guardian (Monday) and Independent (Tuesday) both had reports of a new Michel Houellebecq/Benard-Henri Lévy book.

I’ve realised that Houellebecq in France is like Marmite. People either love him, or detest him.

I’m in the former group, and mostly because of his novel Platform.

From a tourism point of view, it is good reading. One of the main characters, Valerie, works for a tour operator, while the other character enjoys the seedier side of tourism.

It’s definitely an eye opener in its frank portrayl of tourism trends, and the ending (which I wouldn’t dare give away here) blew me away.

So I’m looking forward to their new book, called “Ennemis Publics” (and for the record, I hate Marmite).

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