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February - Brighton Rock (Greene)/Submission­ (Houellebecq)

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  • For February (you have three months to read these two) we have two potentially complementary books... though you don't have to read both (as usual, the rule is to read one of them). Brighton Rock by Graham Greene: a classic about a gang of disaffected youths...
    A gang war is raging through the dark underworld of Brighton. Pinkie, malign and ruthless, has killed a man. Believing he can escape retribution, he is unprepared for the courageous Ida Arnold, who is determined to avenge a death.
    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48862.Brighton_Rock

    Submission by Michel Houellebecq, a polemical exploration of political extremes... one that we can explore in the context of a Trumped world: 

    “Submission” was first published on the same day as the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, in which 12 innocent people were killed. Houellebecq himself was featured on the magazine’s front page that week, and since he had once said in an interview that Islam was the stupidest of religions, and since Islam supposedly played such a prominent role in his latest book, his name immediately became associated with the massacre. The French prime minister announced that France was not Michel Houellebecq, was not a country of intolerance and hatred. Houellebecq was held up as a symbol of everything France was not, a symbol, indeed, of everything undesirable, and this in a situation in which human beings had been killed — one of Houellebecq’s own friends among them, we later learned — so that it soon became impossible not to think of him and the killings together.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/08/books/review/michel-houellebecqs-submission.html?_r=0


    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/sep/08/submission-michel-houellebecq-review-satire-islamic-france

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  • Patrick R.

    I did read "Brighton Rock" a couple of years ago and have lived in Brighton - a lively book and place. Graham Greene was related to the Greene King brewing/pub group !

    5 days ago

  • Jeremy M.

    This morning, my Oxfam shop had a brand new hardback copy of the Houellebecq for £3. An omen. I shall have to read both.

    November 25

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