Not as good as his other books "Elementary Particles," etc. Tru that one instead. Might come back to read at some point.Published 13 months ago by MollyRDH
This is Houellebecq's first novel, which brought him to fame in France, then later in Britain and the US. Read morePublished 14 months ago by J. Wagner
Life is boring, depressing and funny, no matter how you see it.
Whatever is as perfect a summation of this fact as can be imagined.
Despite his subsequent output and the recognition it has garnered him, this remains my favorite Houellebecq book. Read morePublished on May 12, 2012 by Christina
I read Michel Houellebecq's novel The Map and the Territory which I found hypnotic.However I didn't enjoy Whatever because it was too bleak whereas The Map and the Territory was... Read morePublished on April 10, 2012 by Crazy Eight
An amazing first effort. Houellebecq writes scenes and essays in this book that are unparallelled in world-historical literature. Read morePublished on January 16, 2012 by John J. Christy
A great novelist who captures the maladies of contemporary social life in a dark and stifling costume that rubs the more we wear it. Read morePublished on July 18, 2011 by James Euclid
At times a little dull and frequently depressing, nonetheless the story kept my attention throughout with brilliant essays and laser guided observations of modern life - boredom,... Read morePublished on July 12, 2011 by William Riddell
Having read and enjoyed previous Houellebecq books (particularly the possibilities of an island) I was astonished by the banal, boring, mundane trot through some losers life that... Read morePublished on March 14, 2011 by tim