E–pub [Player One] Author Douglas Coupland


Player OneH which is dumb because it was written in "English originally but I ound it in a bookstore and couldn t resist so here we are A lot " originally but I ound it in a bookstore and couldn t resist so here we are A lot but I ound it in a bookstore and couldn t resist so here we are A lot terms had me shaking my head in confusion before realizing that the terms had no translation New words don t spread virally in French culture like they do in English language cultures around the globe For instance there s no French translation or MILF the translator used maman sexy which is poor and guts the expression of its acronym Right Turns: From Liberal Activist to Conservative Champion in 35 Unconventional Lessons funniness New words aside the translation has a good rhythm to it and doesn t bog down the dialogues like many English French translations doThe setting is an airport bar where asate would have it a mixed bag of people Politically Incorrect find themselvesor various reasons an autistic young woman an ex preacher an alcoholic barman As Beyond Varallan fate wouldurther have it some catastrophe hits it s not properly explained and doesn t need to be suffice to notice that oil prices have skyrocketed media broadcasts have stopped there are toxic chemicals blowing outside and the people inside the bar can t leave Eventually they are joined by a religious nut and a scared teenOh and one of the characters is Player One who is inside the bar s video game He s a pompous ass but he s coolConversations low between the motley group touching on the state of the world obviously since it s ending or seems to be and eventually sink down into their personal histories as the setting avors the end of world cathartic confessions There is such a variation in the characters outlook and constitution that it becomes apparent that only a catastrophe orcing people into this space and threatening their very being will overcome cultural and ideological barricades creating odd yet touching bonds like a contained nuclear explosion revealing other states of the matter at its coreI really enjoyed the paradoxical converging of the different mindsets and ound the characters believable and engaging It s hard to write about any of Coupland s novel because they are much than mere plots and characters smudged together This hits its peak in Player One possibly the clearest manifestation of Couplandism where do we go after Postmodernism When was Generation X published Let s Google that 1991 Will the Dona Flor future generation remember a time when informati There is something disturbing about writers as intelligent as Douglas Coupland Underneath the brilliant psychological dialogue the haunting charismatic cast of underachievers and the creative plot that is impossible to predict lies writing that is soresh and honest that it is scary truthful Player One is that book depicting the tale of ive characters trapped in a cocktail lounge during a world changing event The discussion topics humanity vs everything else and whether we ARE WORTH IT DOUGLAS SPEAKS IN PROPHETIC VOICES THAT worth it Douglas speaks in prophetic voices that so dark and logical that it is hard not to lose hope in what we are and what we are to become But there is also a sweetness to his apocalypse like the tsunami that is coming is made out of milk chocolate or the bombs that spill out of the sky are confected gum drops It loosens the blow and in the end somehow gives us hopeWith that being said the ending elt tacked on an after thought almost like Coupland got tired of predicting his own dreary utures and just stopped It makes this reader wonder if he did it on purpose orcing us to endure one Sono with Visits from the Seventh final apocalyptic meteor crashing into the Earth or a giant hand reaching up and turning off the sun I ve got mixedeelings about the book Neither Remarkable Creatures female character read as completely believable to me and yet they were bothar better realized than the men who were mere sketchesHere s partly why Our MC is in an airplane Karen s a little too warm so she undoes two buttons at the top of her dress hoping that if anyone sees her they won t take this as a sign she s a slutSnap poll riends does this accurately describe your thoughts at any time in your life The other woman is on the autistic spectrum but this seemed played as a caricature Temperance Brennan on steroidsI did enjoy the narrative structure even the end which pissed a lot of people off The connections and experiences which link the characters were done well The whole existential pondering thing seemed like it had been pulled off cheesy motivational websites For every person currently alive there are nineteen dead people who lived before us Maybe that s the whole pointI grew to enjoy the book as I got deeper into it and it inished of a 35 Heroes Adrift (Hero, for me rounding downor the autistic character view spoiler begging God to send me a sign that this is how it Chuck and Danielle feels to be a woman hide spoiler It s kind of strange that I read Player One in two days before the ten year anniversary of 911 Player One has many parts that Iound great and moving parts similar to other books by Coupland I have read This time around it all clicked with me and I was taken back and moved I seem to Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before They Grow Old feel a little less alone when I read a Douglas Coupland novel and have a better grasp on our complex mordern and digitally connected world Read it if you reeelig a little alone and blue and in a mood to think deeply about yourself and our mordern worl. Ballard Coupland explores the modern crises of time human identity society religion and the afterlife The book asks as many uestions as it answers and readers will leave the story with no doubt that we are in a new phase of existence as a species and that there is no turning back. ,


Just another terrific read This is ultimately an exploration on some of the bigger philosophical uestions on life what is this concept of tim Recently I stole the some of the bigger philosophical uestions on life what is this concept of tim Recently I stole the in another person s review of Shampoo Planet to pontificate about my personal reader s theory of Douglas Coupland JPod was the Dogs Behaving Badly: An A-Z Guide to Understanding and Curing Behavorial Problems in Dogs first Coupland novel I read and it is also myavourite We all react to Coupland differently ie JPod is my Gray Bishop favourite but some of myriends hate JPod with a passion and love Girlfriend in a Coma or Eleanor Rigby Despite the act that Coupland always deals with the same themes his variations are subtle and diverse enough to create those kinds of reactions And so or me JPod Created In My Mind The Platonic created in my mind the Platonic of the perfect Coupland novel and every other experience I have with Douglas Coupland is like a junkie attempting to Replicate The First Perfect Hit I Need Something As Good the irst perfect hit I need something as good JPodPlayer One comes close As a story it doesn t endear itself like JPod Yet its short length conceals a profound message Coupland s attempt to answer the novel s subtitle What is to become of us Coupland delivers the novel in real time over the course of ive hour long lectures that collectively orm the 2010 Massey Lectures You can t listen to them or Noir free unfortunately but you can purchase the series on iTunes or CD if you care to listen to Coupland read the story aloud I stuck with the printed version but I kept in mind the novel s intended purpose As I read I imagined it would be like to hear those words projected in a dark theatre as a shared experience with hundreds of other people or to hear them over the radio There is something profoundly connective about radio that even the Internet doesn t match This added an atmosphere to the entire experience of reading this bookThe OED sirst recorded use of zeitgeist is Renovate: Changing Who You Are by Loving Where You Are from 1848 but this must be a mistake because Ieel like that word must have been invented to describe what Coupland is doing He is chronicling the zeitgeist of our generations this strange transition between the industrialized twentieth century to the post industrial information society of the twenty Gaffer first century And I really can t do his books justice in trying to go into detail here because Ieel like deconstructing his work would just destroy the magicAs anyone who has read than one Coupland novel can attest comparing Coupland Book X with Coupland Book Y is difficult because of how much Coupland reuses his motifs and themes Still I have to say it Player One has a lot in common with his previous novel Generation A I liked Generation A but didn t love it and now I want to go back and read it again to see if I missed anything Both novels have several protagonists with the narrator alternating among their limited perspectives Both novels put the protagonists together in an isolated place and have them share stories and Circumstantial Evidence form bonds Both are set in a somewhat apocalyptic world Generation A post apocalyptic than Player One s decidedly apocalyptic setting Finally both involve a study empathy as part of a larger exploration of what it means to be human This is the uestion that recurs throughout Player One what separates humansrom animals rom everything else in the cosmos What makes us uniue as a species are we uniue Or are we merely just another expression of life is the universe programmed to generate life over and over in a near infinite variety of combinationsIf we want to analyze the characters in this book we can do so in terms of how they empathize Rachel is easy she doesn t Her various medical classifications mean she lacks the ability to express or interpret emotions irony humour etc She can t appreciate art Her reason or going to the airport hotel lounge where our ive characters end up is typical Coupland absurdism Rachel is probably the character we would identify as the most different of the our because of her medical condition Sometimes though she A Chicken in Every Yard: The Urban Farm Store's Guide to Chicken Keeping feels like she s the most humanLuke and Rick are very similar because as they themselves observe their jobs both involve listening to people s confessions Luke was a pastor until he stole the church s renovationund and skipped town the same afternoon that he lost his Island of the Lost Horses (Dora and Friends) faith Rick is a recovering alcoholic tending bar Priests and bartenders alike listen to things people don teel comfortable confiding in ordinary conversations bars are a home to a tension between anonymity and intimacy that must be very welcoming at timesKaren empathizes with everyone her ifteen year old she s going through a goth phase daughter Casey the kid with the iPhone who takes a photo of her on the airplane Warren the man she lew out to meet in the bar after meeting him online and then when the price of oil skyrockets and the world ends God Said, Ha!: A Memoir for a day or so she empathizes with everyone in the bar She even empathizes with the sniper who kills Warren and whom they eventually tie up inside the bar I really like Rachel but if I had to pick aavourite character I might choose Karen Coupland gives her two excellent linesI think if people had real courage they d wear their Halloween costume every day of the year At the very least you d make a lot riends uickly. International bestselling author Douglas Coupland delivers a real time ive hour story set in an airport cocktail lounge during a global disaster Five disparate people are trapped inside Karen a single mother waiting or her online date; Rick the down on his luck airport lounge bart. Like Hey I like togas too Or Star Trek I m in Your costume would be a means of iltering down to the people you d probably like the mostI love this Your costume would be a means of iltering down to the people you d probably like the mostI love this that s exactly what we do online and it s why I ind it so much easier to be social online than I do offline When interacting offline it is very difficult to share information with other people Until we start talking clothing and body language are about the only indications of who we are and what we like hence Karen s idea that we should all wear our Halloween costumes On the Web however the profile is king Whether it s Face Too bad books don t get remakes like Operation Iceberg : The Invasion and Conquest of Okinawa in World War II films sometimes do This book deserves one The ideas uestions and characters in this novel are remarkable confrontational and thought provoking and the book is sprinkled with wit and good to knowacts Did you know that or every living person there are only 19 dead People But This Book Is Like The Singapore Sling Karen But this book is like the Singapore sling Karen drinking too many ingredients or such a small container 246 Pages is just not enough to offer than a sketch of the issues at hand loneliness social media people wanting their lives to be stories disconnection normalcy the burden of individualism religion oil rapture to name but a Michelin Green Guide Normandy few Was Coupland in a rush when he wrote this book Or does he think by now we should be able toill in certain parts or ourselves Aha we re dealing with a ather complex here and a midlife crisis there Or did he choose this orm to match the content events and short seuences instead of a complete and elaborate storyThe uture legend at the back has some brilliant entries such as Rosenwald s theorem the belief that all the wrong people have self esteem If this book had decided to just go ahead and be a novel it would ve been great If it had decided to just go ahead and be a series of essays on existentialism and the transformations and implications of humanity and society it probably would ve been great too Instead it tries to be both and only gets halfway with eitherThe book is at irst about ive people who meet in a hotel bar during a major global crisis They each get a chance to tell their tales including a mysterious narrator named Player One At this stage the book is very engaging The characters are all at thresholds of differing types Luke is a pastor who s lost his What Every American Should Know About the Rest of the World faith Karen is there to meet an internet hook up Rick is about to hand thousands of dollars over to a celebrity savior and Rachel hasinally decided to get pregnant to prove that she s human and it s un to see the lawed narrator tool used in The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War four different ways theirlaws all multiply
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through everyone else s eyesUnfortunately global crisis traps them in the hotel bar and they spend the rest of the book all ruminating on life existence the soul and purpose Even this wouldn t be so bad except every single character has the same poetic insightful intricate thought processes when they start analyzing what it means to be alive The Experiencing the Resurrection: The Everyday Encounter That Changes Your Life failed gardenerbartender the MILF the depressed pastor and even to some extent the mentally robotic mouse breeder they all use the same cleverly contrived tone of voice to discuss religion society nihilism and the like By the end of the story it is painfully obvious that every character is nothing than a mouthpieceor our author who at that point has said to heck with it with character development and story and has gone ull bore with his philosophizing much of it coming across as little than erudite thumb twiddling although that may just be because there s so darn much of it that it becomes mind numbing after timeThe story almost unforgivably is tied up with a hasty narrative ribbon with one character uite literally explaining everything to the reader as if Coupland was bored with the book and just didn t want to bother with actual writing The last ifth of the novel is a glossary of terms that while interesting don t really add to either the book or the philosophies it analyzes I m not sure what the purpose of this section was some of it is definitely meant to be unny but it didn t do much or meIt s Babes in Toyland: The Making and Selling of a Rock and Roll Band fantastic when a book gets you to think about life deeply and in challenging ways but the best books do this through interesting stories complicated characters and character development and in intricate plotting and planning This book sets up an intriguing premise and then tosses it all aside to give each character a chance to preach the same basic message of modern disaffection and doubt That s not good writing or good philosophizing It s a lazy example of both trying to wear the other s hat One staror the shot One star The Meaning of Star Trek for the appendix One staror Coupland s ability to glorify the sadness of humanity One star Mirage: Napoleon's Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt for God s opinion on evolution One staror sentences like personality is a slot machine and the cherries lemons and bells are your SSRI system your schizophrenic tendency your leftright brain lobalization your anxiety proclivity your wiring glitches your place on the autistic and OCD spectrums and to these we must add the deep level influences of the machines and systems of intelligence that guided your brain into maturity I read this book in Frenc. Ender; Luke a pastor on the run; Rachel a cool Hitchcock blonde incapable of true human contact; and inally a mysterious voice known as Player One Slowly each reveals the truth about themselves while the world as they know it comes to an endIn the tradition of Kurt Vonnegut and J