Written by Michel Houellebecq
Genre: French, Contemporary
Original Language: French
Read from 2020-06-27 to 2020-06-27
Read in English
Review: I went into Lanzarote completely blind, knowing only that it’s the subject of the latest Ingvar Ambjørnsen-book about Elling. I heard a strong recommendation about reading this book before reading the Elling-book, as the Elling-book is apparently all about Elling reading and commenting upon Lanzarote.
I didn’t really enjoy this book, but it was too short for me to dislike it. It’s essentially some philosophical musings combined with some immaturely conveyed sexual themes, and exaggerated satire.
I almost certainly didn’t give the book the attention it needed, and probably haven’t given it the thought it deserves. However, the context I read it in, knowing that I’d soon be reading about a character I like very much reading and deliberating over this book, added a dimension to it for me. I kept thinking “What would Elling think about this?” and “Ooo, I look forward until he gets to this part.” which made it a very worthwhile read for me regardless.