Goodreads review, Michel Houllebecq’s Platform

<a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/88514.Platform&#8221; style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img alt=”Platform” border=”0″ src=”https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1328330240m/88514.jpg&#8221; /></a><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/88514.Platform”>Platform</a&gt; by <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/32878.Michel_Houellebecq”>Michel Houellebecq</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1363528716″>5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
A biting critique of contemporary society, cleverly written around the French package holiday industry. Very funny in places but with undertones of despair at our way of life. Lots of sexual content but used to good effect, not superfluously. An excellent translation from the French. There is no hopeful ending as what happens to Michel brings home to him the veneer of social life and makes him question all meaning. What is really chilling is that the massacre on the beach,almost exactly parallels the recent attack in Tunisia, although this book was written in 2001. Maybe it is simply that the French have been much more aware of developing Islamic militants, much earlier than we have in the UK but it still seems unnerving deja vu. Definitely not a cosy read, but a great one.
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