The Possibility of an Island, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


The new novel from the bestselling, highly acclaimed and always controversial author of Atomised. Who, among you, deserves eternal life? Daniel is a highly successful stand-up comedian who has made a career out of playing outrageously on the prejudices of his public.

But at the beginning of the twenty-first century, he has begun to detest laughter in particular and mankind in general.

Despite this, Daniel is unable to stop himself believing in the possibility of love. A thousand years on, war, drought and earthquakes have decimated the earth and Daniel24 lives alone in a secure compound - his only companion, a cloned dog named Fox.

Outside, the remnants of the human race roam in packs, while Daniel24 attempts to decipher his predecessor's history.

In a nightmarish vision of the implosion of the modern world, he, like his predecessor attempts to fathom the meaning of love, sex, suffering and regret.


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OK, the story is pretty poor as usual, but lets face it, nobody reads Houellebecq for the story. I still can't tell if he's dreadful or a genius, or whether he believes in his offensive characters or not, but at least he's unique.For what it's worth, the narative is split between two people Daniel and Daniel24 (a descendant of Daniel), but Daniel24 doesn't really have anything to add. The story has a science-fictionish theme, but really it's just an excuse to see how far shock-comedian Daniel can go without losing our sympathy complete (bit like Houellebecq himeself...)

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