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Dziedziczony po ojcu spadek przeznacza na podróż do Tajlandii raju seksturystów Tam poznaje młodą i piękną Valerie pracującą w biurze podróży Po powrocie do Francji zostają kochan. Senryu ReviewWhen sex tourism meets Islamic terrorisma white man is sad

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PlateformeKami i wspólnie wprowadzają w życie pomysł Michela zorganizowaną seksturystykę do krajów Trzeciego Świata Tylko tak bowiem twierdzi bohater Zachód i Wschód mogą pomóc sobie nawzaj. Graphic sex Racism Misogyny Sex tourism Are you offended yetI don't think I can say anything about the misogyny that hasn't already been said Yes it's misogynistic Boringly predictably so We get it; women are stupid worthless whores Is it wrong of me to wish for a little innovation in my morning dose of bigotryBut look at Valérie some say Valérie is perfect which is a problem in itself She has it all youth outstanding looks superior skills in bed a lot of money a very successful self made career which she's than happy to abandon in order to live in a third world sex tourism resort sucking some middle aged boring loser's cock and sexually exploiting the locals with him for all eternity But wait view spoilerShe dies in an Islamic terrorist attack hide spoiler

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Plateforme characters ô eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB è [Read] ➭ Plateforme By Michel Houellebecq – Michel Renault jest człowiekiem pustym przeciętnym niepociągającym Pracuje w ministerstwie kultury wiedzie monotonne życie a jego zainteresowania nie wykraczają poza seks i telewizję Odziedzicz MicheMichel Renault jest człowiekiem pustym przeciętnym niepociągającym Pracuje w ministerstwie kultury wiedzie monotonne życie a jego zainteresowania nie wykraczają poza seks i telewizję O. Plateforme contains a remarkable amount of sex and is inordinately depressing but it's well written engaging and uite often funny Houellebec evidently believes that he's watching the last days of Western civilization if not of humanity as a whole and he's interested in exploring what went wrong He thinks that it's something very much to do with how we experience sex and how the desire for sex acts on us So here we have dull inert 40 ish Michel who hates his job has no partner or other meaningful relationship and in fact no interests at all in life The only thing that he actually enjoys is patronizing the occasional prostitute When he's able to afford it he goes off to Thailand for a spot of sex tourism As he wistfully tells us Thai prostitutes are the best in the world I recently read the same thing in another French novel and for all I know it's true We get to see a couple of Michel's encounters with Thai massage girls; these scenes were nicely done and came across as credible The girls are sympathetically portrayedOn his trip Michel meets Valérie an attractive 28 year old He doesn't uite manage to respond to her obvious advances but she gives him her telephone number Shortly after they get back to Paris they get together Things completely click between them Michel is at first unsure why Valérie is interested in him She's young and hot he's middle aged and dull However she has a secret She's very successful in her career as a low ranking executive in a travel agency After they've been to bed for the first time she confesses how much she makes; it's a lot than he does And she's a workaholic who puts in eighty hours or so most weeks This I imagine is enough to scare most guys off But Michel doesn't feel threatened at all Valérie is enchanted Though Michel never uite admits it they are blissfully in loveSo far I thought the book was surprisingly positive for a Houellebec but I should of course have known better As people do when they're in love they each try to give each other the thing they want most Michel's a sex addict and Valérie who has a sweet and generous nature tries to help him live out all the sexual fantasies he's never had a chance to experience Some of these aren't very tasteful But oddly enough it's what he does for her that's genuinely repulsive Michel's an insightful thinker and as Valérie describes her life working as a strategist at a top ranking travel agency he helps her refine a new and logical idea Many people like him really go on the trips to do sex tourism; so why not take the next step and reorganize the enterprise with that thought explicitly in mind From now on you know something bad will eventually happen and indeed it doesHouellebec appears to believe that there is no hope for us at all but he offers interesting new angles on why that might be I wish I could immediately say why his arguments were exaggerated and wrongSo I feel that no one is buying my arguments about why this book has a worthwhile side to it Let me give it one last shot First everyone else seems to have read it in English and I do get the impression from Choupette's comments that the English translation is poor The French original is elegantly and wittily written For example here's a nice passage from an early chapter which I'm sure will appeal to many GR readers Je passai ma dernière journée de congé dans differents agences de voyage J'aimais les catalogues de vacances leur abstraction leur manière de réduire les lieux du monde à une seuence limitée de bonheurs possibles et de tarifs; j'appreciais particulierement le système d'étoiles pour indiuer l'intensité de bonheur u'on était en droit d'éspérerI passed my last free day in a few travel agencies I love the abstract nature of travel brochures the way in which they reduce the whole world to a finite seuence of possible types of pleasure and their associated prices; I particularly appreciate the system by which a number of stars is used to indicate the intensity of pleasure one has the right to expectYou see later that this is not just an empty epigram but sums up an important part of the book's argument Similarly Michel's father's death though it appears random at the time is in retrospect important foreshadowing The novel is in fact uite tightly constructedMichel and Valérie are of course monsters but the poor translation means that you aren't even tempted to sympathize with them In French I did want to support them at times The scene where Michel admits to the other members of his group that he patronizes Thai prostitutes I found for example very funny and his interlocutor came across as a PC idiot I'd be interested to know how English readers reacted to this passageWhat I found scary and convincing about Plateforme was the coherent case it made that sex tourism isn't the regrettable exception; rather it sums up the First World's way of dealing with the Third World The author also did a lot to show you how the mechanisms worked Throughout most of the book I had a hard time accepting Valérie as an evil person She loves her job and takes great pleasure in doing it to the best of her ability Michel loves her and he wants to help her succeed But the conseuence of that is that they cooperate in building up a gigantic network of prostitution They know they're doing it but the logic of the market means that they don't feel they have any choice They don't see themselves as bad people and some of the time I found myself accepting their version of reality I thought that was uite interestingI just noticed the ads that Google put next to this review Asian women look for men Women from Philippines Thailand and other asian countrieswwwAsianKissesde Meet Thai Ladies Beautiful Thai Women Seeking Men For Love Marriage Join Free Now wwwThaiLoveLinkscomI'm sorry I must admit that I find that funnySome thoughts If a book makes you think this much can it be all bad It seems to me that there is a tight connection between Plateforme and Les Particules Élémentaires which Houellebec wrote just before it In both books the central theme is an analysis of contemporary sexual behavior from the point of view of Chicago school economic theory As another reviewer said there are many resonances with Naomi Klein's exposition in The Shock DoctrineI know as one might put it fuck all about economics but it seems to me that Les Particules primarily takes a macroeconomic view and argues that Western societies sexually as well as economically are becoming stratified with a substantial proportion of the population relegated to the position of essentially having nothing Plateforme on the other hand appears to be a micro economic analysis; it focuses on the individual decisions made by the sexual consumer and how the aggregate of these many micro decisions together build up the overall sexual economic structureI find Houellebec's analysis very interesting but the assumption I'm least ready to accept is that most men irrespective of their own age would now automatically prefer to have sex with young women in the 18 25 age group Personally I don't feel that way I'm afraid however that I can't offer any hard evidence against Houellebec's assertion and the huge mainstream success of the porn industry does tend to support it This does rather take us back to the initial point Choupette made in her review As she put itIt reads like the fantasy of some horny middle aged shit with nothing better to do with his time like one of those disgusting old men who stares at my legs on the train It's enough to make a girl wear pants for goodness' sakeWell exactly Houellebec's arguing that most men are now like that except that some of them aren't staring in such an obvious way But is his claim in fact true I'd love to see a serious empirical study Meanwhile you might want to answer this pollWell I won't pretend that it proves anything but of the twelve people who have so far answered my poll not one said that they would prefer their sexual partner to be between 18 and 25 The most popular answers were 25 35 and Age genuinely doesn't matter to meOf course they could be a very skewed sample Or they could be lying Or both If anyone is able to repeat this experiment using a better methodology please let me know what you discover