Half-brothers Michel and Bruno have a mother in common but little else. Michel is a molecular biologist, a thinker and idealist, a man with no erotic life to speak of and little in the way of human society. Bruno, by contrast, is a libertine, though more in theory than in practice, his endless lust being all too rarely reciprocated. Both are symptomatic members of our atomised society, where religion has given way to shallow 'new age' philosophies and love to meaningless sexual connections.
Atomised tells the stories of the two brothers, but the real subject of the novel is the dismantling of contemporary society and its assumptions, its political incorrectness, and its caustic and penetrating asides on everything from anthropology to the problem pages of girls' magazines.
Score - 6/10
01. Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six – Mother
02. Cage The Elephant – Free Love
03. George Michael – I Want Your Sex - Parts 1 & 2
04. Grinderman – No Pussy Blues
05. Soft Cell – Mr. Self Destruct
06. Foreigner – Cold As Ice
07. Digitalism – Idealistic
08. Orbital – Philosophy By Numbers
09. Somebody Else – The Saddest Man in the World
10. Björk – New World
(LBC - BACK TO WANDOPOPS)In my opinion, if this book were a cake it would perhaps be a stale scone who promised to be part of a delicious afternoon cream tea, but was actually too dry to be edible and much more use for banging against your own head when you remember all the other things you could be reading.
Or maybe it would be a fishcake, served up to a vegetarian by their least favourite Uncle, insisting that it’s mostly potato and to stop causing a fuss.
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