So, after seeing Ernst rave about Houellebecq, I decided to read one of his novels.
My choice landed on Whatever
(Or, The Extension of the Domain of Struggle
if we want the translation to be literal.)
It's a great book. A great novel. It manages to grasp the zeitgeist really well. Or, at least the zeitgeist for a particular strata of people that now exist, and the eyes of the mainstream has recently landed on. (Of course, I'm talking about the incels
Very interesting to see how Houellebecq noticed the issue 30 or so years ahead, and wrote about it. It's a pioneering work in a sense.
The story itself isn't really all that important, it serves as an anecdotal supporting structure to the inserted essays and ideas. The book itself hinges on two particular sentences, which define the plot itself
>Economical liberalism means extending the domain of struggle to all ages and genders.
>Similarly: Sexual liberalism means extending the domain of struggle to all ages and genders.
It's especially interesting how at the end he sketches up this duality between these two systems (Economic life, dubbed "the Mars-system", and sexual life, dubbed "the Venus-system") and how success in one won't necessarily mean success in the other. (As in, you can make good money, but that won't necessarily lead to an interesting sex-life, and vice versa.)
Sometimes it felt like reading an elaborate imageboard post from 4-5 years ago. (Especially how the Hungarian version in some cases accidentally coincides with Hungarian chanspeak.)
I don't know what my verdict would be if I were to read it as someone unfamiliar with chans.
It's less than 200 pages, has some relatively well written prose that manages to be elegant despite the subject matter being masturbation and fucking (though sexual intercourse in itself isn't always necessarily the topic, same goes for self-pleasuring.) and most importantly it's relevant to our times.
I'd recommend it. It's really good. I had fun with it. I also read Crime and Punishment the day beforeI'm going to give my thoughts on that one in a separate post.If ever.