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Re: Douglas Coupland

Post by Martijn » Sun Sep 13, 2009 7:40 pm

Coupland fans might be interested in the Guardian reading Generation X (yes, X, not A) in its book club. The first article (out of four) is here.

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Re: Douglas Coupland

Post by nanski » Wed Sep 23, 2009 11:28 am

nanski wrote:i had a wee panic when i was buying coupland books in the US when I was back in Aug. i couldn't remember which ones people thought were crap. i got girlfriend in a coma, which i was pretty sure i'd only heard good things about. i wish i'd gotten more :(
ugh. i didn't like it. not at all. i really hate this idea that certain eras were better than now. yeah, there's alot wrong with now, but there's always been alot wrong with now.
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Re: Douglas Coupland

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Thu Sep 24, 2009 9:27 pm

I got life after god out of the library last week. I'd say it's my least favourite so far, I thought the last two stories were FAR superior to the others.
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Re: Douglas Coupland

Post by indiansummer » Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:54 am

roundbitsofplastic wrote:I got life after god out of the library last week. I'd say it's my least favourite so far, I thought the last two stories were FAR superior to the others.
Even better than the story of Doggles, the dog who wore goggles? PAH
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Re: Douglas Coupland

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Fri Sep 25, 2009 5:18 pm

indiansummer wrote:
roundbitsofplastic wrote:I got life after god out of the library last week. I'd say it's my least favourite so far, I thought the last two stories were FAR superior to the others.
Even better than the story of Doggles, the dog who wore goggles? PAH
that wasn't an actual story. that was a story within a story!
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Re: Douglas Coupland

Post by Levey » Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:29 pm

I love Douglas Coupland, he is one of my favorite writers. His best book would definitely be Hey Nostradamus!

I also really enjoyed one of his others books, I can't recall the name. It's about an older woman whose sick son suddenly shows up at her place..

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Re: Douglas Coupland

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Fri Nov 27, 2009 3:54 pm

Levey wrote: I also really enjoyed one of his others books, I can't recall the name. It's about an older woman whose sick son suddenly shows up at her place..
Eleanor Rigby. I just finished reading that yesterday! I really liked that one too :-)
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Post by indiansummer » Fri Nov 27, 2009 3:57 pm

I did like that one - it was very sweet - but thought it was a bit of a letdown after Hey Nostradamus!, which was an instant favourite and return to form after AllFamilies...

The Gum Thief was really underrated though, IMHO.

I'm really looking forward to reading Generation A but i've got some Cormac McCarthy, Billy Childish and Richard Brautigan in the 'to read' pile first.
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Re: Douglas Coupland

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Fri Nov 27, 2009 4:15 pm

indiansummer wrote:I
The Gum Thief was really underrated though, IMHO.
Agreed.
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Re: Douglas Coupland

Post by soft revolution » Fri Nov 27, 2009 4:22 pm

roundbitsofplastic wrote:
indiansummer wrote:I
The Gum Thief was really underrated though, IMHO.
Agreed.
Seriously? I gave up when the chap started writing the novel - I think it just reminded me too much of the bit in Adrian Mole when he started writing a novel about a bloke who wrote a novel and the flow of the book just collapsed in a big old pile of too much clever.

Thinking about it more, maybe it was the exchange of letters structure that left me a bit cold, and the novel within that was a step too far.

Maybe I need to give it another shot though.
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Re: Douglas Coupland

Post by indiansummer » Fri Nov 27, 2009 4:27 pm

You defo do - i loved all the Glove Pond stuff. Morgan from Town Bike (and ex-f50) were talking excitedly about it last night during our songwriting sesh for our forthcoming new band (!).

I thought the format was fairly typically Coupland actually. At first i was all like 'meh, another generic Coupland, worreva', but after a bit i was all like 'actually this is really, really, really sweet and lovely and not even vaguely trying to be clever, hooray'.
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Re: Douglas Coupland

Post by indiansummer » Thu Dec 24, 2009 9:43 am

Finished Generation A this morning! It's very good.

Not for the first time with Coupland, i found the overall reading experience much more satisfying than the ending, but it was still ace. I laughed out loud on the bus a lot more with this one than some of his other recent stuff.

I think, broadly speaking, it's more along the lines of All Families Are Psychotic than Generation X, but you can see why he's referenced his first novel in the title.

It shits on jPod anyway.
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