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.
Sensitive to his limited means and dislike of Muslim countries, the travel agent suggests an island full of 21st century hedonism, set in a bizarre lunar landscape - Lanzarote.
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.
Will they succeed in seducing Rudi, the police inspector from Luxembourg, currently living in exile in Brussels? Or will he join the 'Azraelian' sect, as they prepare for humanity to be regenerated by extra-terrestrials?
As for our narrator, will he consider his week's holiday on the island a success?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 96 pages, col. Illustrations
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 03/06/2004
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099448365
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Review by cliffagogo
The usual mix of sex and political-incorrectness from France’s second most popular export. An entertaining, albeit acquired, taste of travel writing.
Review by emed0s
Houellebecq is as politically correct as any Frenchman character in the Simpsons and has a talent to describe places and situations as well as the shamelessness to insert sex scenes as cheap as those in the cheapest porn magazines letters section ... al in all a pretty entertaining little book.