It made as much sense as Huysmans becoming a Catholic. Houellebecq pretty much constructs logical arguments in each of the books he writes, each of which is embellished with some depressing Case Study in the form of a depressed character who sort of resembles himself. I like his books very much and consider him the greatest living writer.
But that's not the reason Huysmans converted, really. En Route is his novel about his conversion, and it's obvious he was so depressed at having nothing left to believe in, no ideology to subscribe to and no reason to continue existing beyond the mundane distractions most people are content with that he fled to the church (and was open to any of the various monasteries that were popular at the time) in the hope of gaining the brotherhood, the calm and the external validation he so desperately needed. Sure Francois isn't exactly like this, but still he is a dead man whose love life consists of having morrocan girls lick his asshole, whose social life is tied to his work and whose life at home involves eating microwave dinners and wishing he was dead. Houellebecq doesn't really go for big targets in this book as he did with Whatever (sexual liberation as cause of male depression), Elementary Particles (atomization of society and isolation of its citizens as consequence of sexual liberation and free market). But imagining Francois as a character who has lived through those two books and is now in a third, where his loneliness, his scepticism about love and so on are solved, in a sense, by the prospect of a form of conservatism that is ironically supported by those people who would otherwise despise Francois for his conservative beliefs and desires. I thought the book was weak as a novel, but as a sort of socio-political essay it was interesting.
Whatever is very short, very funny but pretty bleak. It's similar in tone to Le Stranger, though it's angrier and less vague than Camus's book.
Elementary Particles gets a lot of shit on /lit/ but it is one of the saddest book I've read in some time. It is pretty graphic and very bleak and at certain times it gets a little OTT with how "extreme" it is, but the suffering is articulated in a way that doesn't appeal to your emotions or ask you to hope for a happy ending. It's also very funny, but again in a bleak way. One of the reasons I like Houellebecq's writing is that it includes sociological observations justifying a bleak perspective rather than a character being simply misanthropic or people being real lonely for whatever reason, it's a very calm, "calculated" exposition of a world the protagonist (and the author, probably) feels a great deal of hatred towards, and whose capacity for beauty (and the failure to attain or at least maintain this beauty) causes him great distress.
I'd also recommend Houellebecq's manifesto (http://www.houellebecq.info/popdivers.php?id=13) which I've been shilling here for quite some time. I have his book of poetry too (The Art of Struggle) and I liked it, though it depends if poetry is your thing (excerpts: http://www.almabooks.com/excerpts/Art_of_Struggle.pdf)
Also Houellebecq's book on Lovecraft ("Against the World, Against Life") is great and says way more about Houellebecq than it does Lovecraft IMO.
Houellebecq implies no. His character embraces Islam from a position of weakness. Hedonism and scholarship has internally cucked the character and facing external threats (angry mobs, tenure hearings, girl problems) he is flaccid.
The thing to keep in mind is that Houellebecq is incompetent as a political historian. He knows just enough to sell a fun 'Islamic Boogeyman' strawman scenario to ignorant readers. In reality, the end of history has been postponed by fundamentalists but not at all delayed.
The fun part of the book is selling a nightmare scenario about overthinking white male europeans to an audience of the same.
>>7653059 >>7653084 Rules of islamic communities in the Middle East was largely influenced by religion, but not determined by it. Other sociohistorical factors also shape the behaviour of a social group.
>>7655041 Care to elaborate? I have read all of huysmans too and houellebecq books is really banal in my opinion, his huysmans exegetic formulaic as fuck. I think Soumission is a real step backwards considering La carte et le territoire
>>7656181 I think he does as well, his oeuvre seems pretty much a diagnosis of the ills of modernity and with this novel he arrives at possible escapes from it, but his own conclusion seems to be that nothing much changes ultimately and that there's no way out.
>>7657436 Guenon showed us the way a long time ago. Practice Sufism, get Muslim waifu, have lots of kids, die, and be considered a Muslim saint whose grave is an place of pilgrimage. Can't do that shit jacking off to pornhub, senpai.
>>7657436 /pol/cucks can't see this because the only thing they've seen about Islam is the degenerate Wahhabist shit shown on the Electric Jew.
Sufi Islam is a tradition that can genuinely transform Europe from the degenerate cuckfest it has become, to something worthwhile, without changing the essential character of European culture. Some would say that Christianity is unchangably part of the European character, but they forget that Christianity rose only when paganism had become worn out and moribund.
Now, Christianity has come to that point, and Islam offers the only hope against the reign of quantity. Sufi Islam, unlike Wahhabi filth, is culturally adaptable to our ways, as well as intellectually robust enough to invigorate Mother Europa.
>>7652654 I liked this book, it gave me a fresh new look on religion. Whether or not there was any scientific/theological reason to convert is largely irrelevant, because the benefits of religion for the individual and society speak for themselves. As someone who was brought up religious but never really believed in it, it made me consider whether or not giving up was the right option.
>>7657861 To be fair, fucking 13 year old girls is the most important thing in the world to all Frenchmen. They've been harboring a fugitive movie director for decades just to show America how important it is to them.
Didn't expect for the novel to be so erotic at times, though it was for the better don't misunderstand. I think he is off in predicting that there wouldn't be more news about unfolding events on the internet from people, not so much on that media won't cover resisting movements at all.
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