On a snowy Friday night in , just hours after making love for the first time, Richard’s girlfriend, high school senior Karen Ann McNeil, falls. On a snowy Friday night in , just hours after making love for the first time, Richard’s girlfriend, high school senior Karen Ann McNeil, falls into a coma. Nicholas Lezard on Douglas Coupland’s best yet: Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland pp, Flamingo, £ Sat 14 Nov
On a couplahd Friday night injust hours after making love for the first time, Richard’s girlfriend, high school dkuglas Karen Ann McNeil, falls into a coma. Nine months later she gives birth to their daughter, Megan. As Karen sleeps through the next seventeen years, Richard and their circle of friends reside in an emotional purgatory, passing through a variety of careers—modeling, film special effects, medicine, demolition—before finally reuniting on a conspiracy-driven super-natural couplnd series.
But real life grows as surreal as their TV show as Richard and his friends await Karen’s reawakening. Douglas Coupland is the author of twelve novels, including Generation X and Microserfsand several works of nonfiction, including Polaroids from the Dead.
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Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Uggh, the book took forever to read. It would’ve been better to have read the story in as originally planned. Douglas Coupland has a way with words, very clever. The plotting and characterization in this book does not live up to his phrasing.
It can’t be easy to write a book about nihilistic characters because their very nature is dull. He succeeded in some parts, and I wouldn’t say failed, but something in that family, in other parts Well, that was a messy sentence. I loved the opening chapters, for that he gets a full five stars. The rest is uneven. I’m very happy I finally got around to reading it, and I would definitely read his other books the current ones at least.
One person found this helpful. I came across this book when researching coma victim Karen Ann Quinlan, who was the probable basis for the novel. I found it totally believable until the second part of the book after she awoke 17 years later. The real Karen died after 10 years in a coma. It then morphed into an ‘end of the world disaster’ film.
However, it ended satisfactorily, and I would happily recommend it. The reason for giving it only 3 stars is because I found the formatting rather careless, with many paragraphs being tacked onto the preceeding one. This was particularly prevalent with dialogue, on several occasions four separate speeches were piled under one paragraph, making it difficult to work out which character was douglxs. I have found this to be a fault in many Kindle books. Come on you guys, it’s not rocket science.
Read your book after it’s been published as well as just before. If there are errors, unpublish, correct and republish. Having three books already published on Kindle Giflfriend think I know what I’m talking about.
This is a peculiar story, but I rather liked it. It’s well written, and the comma are well defined. I always wanted to turn the next page, which, I guess is the definition of a good book. It’s actually a tad depressing, but not too bad. I’m the final analysis it’s probably the innovative story line that makes this work. I’ll be brief–I have loved almost everything Coupland has ever written.
No great Coupland characters to latch onto, a disturbing shortage of the memorable phrasing and epigrams that made him such a delight to read, and most distressing a cop-out, lame ending–I have always defended Coupland to skeptics by saying that if nothing else, gkrlfriend man can construct beautiful conclusions–always moving and poetic.
I finished this novel out of loyalty to Coupland and hope for better next time–the only value of the book for me now is as an example of “spot The Smiths lyrics Coupland’s inserted into the text.
I liked this book, but I did not love it and I expected to as I have enjoyed many of Douglas Coupland’s books. I expected it to be a lot better, a lot more interesting but it lacked something. Overall it was good, and I like the message, but the book was missing something and I can’t quite pinpoint what.
If you like his work you will still like this book, but I definitely wasn’t as into it as I had hoped and mostly kept reading because I was waiting for something more. After reading the ‘other’ books by Coupland it is impossible to say he’s only got talent. He is a writer that will, hopefully, be here in the next years to help us see how we really are.
Coupland started with Shampoo Planet and Generation X and made us believe he was only a bright kid who wrote about his fellow kids, saw the birth of the net generation, the crisis of yuppies and the birth souglas techies who highly valued not only technology but also feelings, relations and, behold, family Microserfs.
Now he is the speaker of a generation approaching the age of 40, with no more values, no energy, nothing to believe in, except maybe, and still, friendship. His analysis of what we are couldn’t be better. Fantastic book, it isn’t funny like J-Pod or Microsurfs, and at times is somewhat dark and sad, but gets better and better as the book progresses.
A little confusing, seeing as the beginning is told by a ghost and the world ends about halfway through the book. Almost Ray Bradbury-esque, I think. But still, a really good book. People should definitly read this if they like Douglas Coupland. See all reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Set up a giveaway. Customers who bought this item also bought.
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