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douglas coupland is depressing as hell i finished this book a bit ago and since then i have been wrapped in this loop of thought about how my generation has absolutely no prospects and will continue to exist in the stasis of unhappiness until we die and dying would end up being one of the best parts of our lives.but, then again, i have been trying to figure out whether the moon spins on an axis and around the earth or just around the earth and, you know, whether or not you walk faster if you walk with the rotation of the earth as opposed to against it.so, this is why i like doug coupland who else would inspire such diversity i dont know so, like microserfs this book was certainly dated and in the beginning it was way easier to notice it but after you immerse in this time you kind of forget it.this book reminds me alot of my childhood and that makes it suck / awesome. I found it very difficult to relate to the protagonist of this, Coupland's second novel He leaves his dying town in the desert region of Washington State for a summer of rail travel round Europe and cheats on his girlfriend He returns to Terminaldeclineville (I fail to remember the name Coupland actually uses) and pretends nothing happened He bemoans the lack of ambition of just about everybody but drops out of college.When Coupland talks about the USA I recognise the place In this book he describes a Europe I've never been to, despite living in Brussels.Coupland writes in the first person most of the time but his unique imagery, ubiquitous in his novels, makes this character seem like a clone of one of his other characters that suffered a lot of gene damage and didn't come out as a Asperger's Syndrome experiencing computer geek borderline genius instead as a hotel manager wannabe!So the protagonist is dull, dim, immoral and drifting through life then the French Girl arrives She's so unpleasant even our protagonist doesn't deserve her, but she takes charge of his life, until an unbelievable ending resolves matters (Think fairy Godmother.)For me this book was a complete failure, which was unexpected I've read five other Coupland novels and always got something worthwhile out of them. This book was fantastic It perfectly captured the mood and aura of the early 90s Tyler reminded me of a far less pretentious and whiny andlovable Holden Caulfield AnnaLouise reminded me, almost scarily, of myself Coupland has a way of utilizing small, insidious devices to emphasize a certain attitude; an excellent example of this was the copious use of brandnames, each bearing a trademark symbol I was fascinated by the way Coupland himself, in writing the novel, was so clearly rooting for certain characters, i.e AnnaLouise over Stephanie The collision between the older flowerchild generation and the socalled global teens was palpable, but not hostile As a reader, I would have liked to see the eating disorders subtopic delved intodeeplythere is scarce mention of what turned AnnaLouise from someone whom [cannibals] would have in the pot in two seconds to the new superskinny AnnaLouise, other than a vague reference to The Purge All in all, though, I can't say enough good things about this book, and I would dare say it's a modern classic. An early Coupland (his second novel), I probably didn't pick the best time to read this as a lot of it deals with money worries In fact, there's a whole 'Down and Out in L.A.' section and—yeah Bit close to home, that I don't know if it's the result of my trying to subconsciously distance myself, but this book didn't reach me as much as some of his others; there were sequences I loved, like the bits about 20yearold protagonist Tyler's trip to Paris, and his visit to Père Lachaise Cemetery (burial place of Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison, among others, and a place I visited when I was 17), but I couldn't get into it as much as some of Coupland's other books, even the insane ones However, as is often the case with Coupland's novels, the closing scene is—almost atypically in relation to the rest of the book—beautiful, serene, and moving. 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This book drove me crazy The characters were unsympathetic and generally shallow; this may have been the point but it didn't help w/ the book's readability The metaphors were also painful For example, I thought I was going to be permanently warped by loneliness, like a record being scraped by a screwdriver or the aura of strained, undiscussable pseudocheer near my grandparents, like partying in a house in which the mother has recently died or Jasmine's caught KittyWhip feverlike a plague sweeping a medieval walled townyou never know who'll be the next to go Warping does not equal scraping And waitwhy would you party in a house where someone had died? And fever doesn't equal plague; and plagues are not often random in its scope Grrrr It was saved from one star by the fact that Coupland has a larger message (that he unsuccessfully communicated due to distractions like the above) and by the world's best letter from a mom to a young man.The book is set in a notuncommon landscape: Lancaster's biggest corporation has failed/closed unexpectedly, and those who worked there are out of jobs The rest of the town folk who relied on those employees spending money shopping, etc, are now also struggling The corporation made secret and dangerous items for the feds; they had poor waste disposal practices, and the town now has the fun task of dealing w/ dangerous buried remnants So, without high paying scientific jobs available to the youth, what does the future look like? What makes people happy? What are the common goals of the society? Our protagonist Tyler is a bright kid After his mom escaped from a hippie commune, he was raised in a positive environment lacking male role models (see opening sentence) He is ambitious he wants to follow all the rules of the American dream in order to lead a comfortable, consumer lifestyle with good hair Looks are important to Tyler and having nice things is important to Tyler but he is still a good person Ironically he judges most harshly those he is most trying to become Dan and his grandfather This is a comingofage story where the protagonist is a little older than the normal teenager; maybe this is another difference in our modern world of privilege Tyler is never hungry or unsafe or challenged by diversity He has solidly first world problems.The metaphor of hair is clever; in Shampoo Planet hair matters Hair is a statement of intent and personality, almost like a calling card It might be one of the few things folks have complete control over: the choices made to one's hair are a life choice dreadlocks vs pixie cut vs full body waves as Tyler states, one could become famous at any time; at that point one's history would become public knowledge and one's hair is an integral part of that The subtext is also masculinity; Dan associates Tyler's hair w/ a shallow character the traditional (and dying?) masculine's commentary on the new youth culture? This book was forced on me back in my grade eleven English class I remain bitter about having had to suffer through it to this day Tyler is a completely unsympathetic protagonist, and his treatment of AnnaLouise makes it evenalarming that she even considers him worthy of her time Her complete transformation from a free spirited hippie type to what she perceives as Tyler's ideal woman (thin and spandex wearing, apparently) simply to please Tyler infuriated me AnnaLouise was my favourite character, but Coupland felt the need to diminish her independence and make her completely give up her unique personality for the sake of the man in her life This alone would have made me drop the book down a star, but since I was already hating the reading experience, this just solidified the onestar ranking in my mind. The worst selfconsciously GenX drivel Perhaps the emphasis on consumerism is supposed to be post modern or ironic or something, but this book just comes off as hollow and without any redeeming qualities This is a case where I strongly believe the book is shitty because the author is a shitty human being Because he himself is not deep or humane, he cannot write complex, believable, likeable characters The end of the book is especially offputting, as the protagonist has learned absolutely nothing and only now values his girlfriend after she's lost weight and turned herself into a shiny consumer object. So, I'd heard of Coupland for years, of course In fact, this book may have made my reading list way back when I was working in the downtown Oakland Waldenbooks around the time the book originally came out Some things take longer than others to get to.Coupland, the disaffected young writer who was supposed to be a voice for my generation Or, well, for people slightly older than me Or maybe I came in on the edge of Generation X (which will be another topic for another time) Coupland, who introduced the ironic age we live in now, or so the media would have us believeOh, wait No THOSE people, the ones who drip irony from their tootight jeans as they walk down the street, are actually younger than me They're even younger than Generation Y, the group of people represented in this novel, folks who want it all and get nothing.I belong in no one group This is, naturally, why there's something in Coupland's work which resonates with me.I know, I know: everyone should start with Generation X I didn't I started here, and I actually like this novel better (even though Wikipedia says Coupland himself finds it contrived) In a rather strange way, it's mostly forgettablebut it's forgettable without exactly being forgettable, if you know what I mean Of course you do And you don't.The book is populated with what I gather are the typical Coupland young adultsthose who are working jobs well below their abilities and possibly their training; who are too introspective and smart and insightful for their own good; who used to have dreams and goals that were socially acceptable, but who have dropped these as unattainable empty promises and embraced smaller,symbolic achievements These are American children who are left to find a new way to rebel after their parents fought the culture wars of the 60s and 70sthe culture wars no one is quite sure who won And, of course, Coupland wrote these characters in the wake of the plasticine 1980s, which means there is the lingering obsession with that old American Dream of wealth and status even as the realization dawns that such an obsession is mostly based on lies This sounds a little bleak, and it is But it's a soft and possibly uniquely American kind of bleak, where repression is still lit with privilege and a small bit of whimsy A lot has been made of how Coupland's youths are aimless, but I think in this novel in articular the main character is actually searching for quite a lot The sensation of being lost comes naturally when a person must name for themselves what it is they're ultimately looking for, beyond any cultural mythos which has been handed down to them, beyond the goals other adults set for them early in their lives The main character here, Tyler, has dreams of working for the defense corporation Bechtel, but he watches as this goal slips further and further away The symbolism is obvious Further, he's the son of an exhippie, and the grandson of a wealthy couple who live in an RV and travel the American roads.So here's this kid: traditionally ambitious, but unable to ever really move forward He's sold to living within the framework of the American Dream, but is insightful enough to almost understand that it's a hollow goal for people of his time And the most resonant part of the book for methe part that is perfectly pitched and perhaps a little contrived and the moment of clarity which puts all of Tyler's longings and disappointments into perspective, the scene which I find oddly missing from other reviews I've read of the bookis this: after many personal and professional missteps, Tyler finally has the chance to take his girlfriend on the road trip he's been dreaming of for years They drive and drive, revisit the commune of Tyler's very early childhood, and head for a forest he remembers visiting when he was younger, this place which rests in Tyler's childhood memory like some Sylvan Eden When they arrive, there is nothing left but a clear cut ruin.Maybe it's because I live in the land of clear cutting Maybe it's because I'm fascinated by the debate over whether the American Dream is still attainable, or even still exists Maybe it's because I've taken a summer job as a retail cashier in a business where three out of every four people I meet has a graduate degree, and I'm pretty certain no one makes a real living wage But whatever the reason, that devastating image stays with me, and I fully understand why Tyler fell apart on the roadside upon seeing that wide swath of ragged stumps.I would have a lotto say on the subject, but it's time to go get ready for work. This Coupland book was like comfort food for me Others have commented on his writing, and I have to agree that there are some excellent passages in the bookthere were several chunks that I had to read aloud to my wife because I enjoyed them so much.Really, though, I enjoyed the growth and interaction of characters most I appreciate the way he blends the sort of hyperconsumerism of his characters with personality traits to make them likable hypocrites Flawed, but not hated You get the same detached lack of emotion you'd find in a Bret Easton Ellis book, but the added connections between characters, especially where he shows them caring for one another, adds reality Coupland doesn't judge his characters, he doesn't make them evil I am most impressed with his ability to make them human.