JPod. Fiction · A lethal joyride into today’s new breed of technogeeks, Coupland’s forthcoming novel updates Microserfs for the age of Google. “JPod” is, remarkably, the geek-culture chronicler Douglas Coupland’s ninth novel since his debut, “Generation X.” It is a work in which his. Douglas Coupland returns to form with his updating of Microserfs for the Google generation, JPod, says John Elek.
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I’ve read everything he’s published since Generation X JPod is a sleek and necessary device: The trouble with writing something so zeitgeisty is that within 10 years your books is going to be very, very dated.
Scotiabank Giller Prize Nominee If you’re a Coupland completist, you’ll still want to read it. I mean, take ‘s jPod as a good example, which was ostensibly meant to be a “conceptual sequel” of sorts to the biggest hit of his career, ‘s Microserfswith the two novels sharing a lot of the same premises and details; but while Microserfs was a revelatory celebration of a coming geek entrepreneurial class just starting to show itself, jPod is an unimaginative reaction to our Web 2.
It’s one thing to do something just for fun, knowing full well it has no meaning or impact on your life; it’s another thing entirely to be doing something you thought would be fun, only to have the conscious realization that every minute that ticks down as you read is a minute stolen from you.
Much of the novel verges on the surreal, a rather odd diversion to China, a ballroom-dancing gangster and middle-class drug-dealing parents douglsa cases in point. Forster’s famous dictate ‘Only connect’ for the Google age.
In those 90’s he focused much more on the frustrations and anxieties of his characters.
Este tipo de escritores obviamente no pueden gustarle a todo el mundo. John Elk said that Coupland “is neither a master of plot nor of characterization”,  and his characters were also called “hollowed-out cartoons”.
Jan 31, Ingmar rated it really liked it.
To ask other readers questions about JPodplease sign up. Full of word games, visual jokes and sideways jabs, this book throws a sharp, pointed lawn dart into the heart of contemporary life. Feb 06, Paul marked it as did-not-finish Hpod Buy from other retailers. Growing Up Ethnic in America.
Oct 31, Robert rated it it was ok. Through a friend of his brother’s, he becomes part of an illegal Chinese immigrant sumggling ring.
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I’ll read it again and most likely laugh just as much. Ethan is effectively a latterday Oedipa Maas, trying to make sense of an overfed, depthless culture in which everyone else, it seems, is mad. Admittedly some of them are pretty close to the mark. Eleanor Rigby was a tragicomic marvel, told by one of “all those lonely people” as she watches her long-lost son slowly die.
This is all a vessel for Coupland’s tricksiness – I used to love his flashy nonsense, douglaw this time I was completely jpos.
JPod has been received with mixed reception from literary critics. As the book progresses, you can’t help but shake your head at Coupland’s boldness and unashamedne It’s been a while since I’ve read this book, so we’ll see how well this goes. I’ve met Ethan before.
Jul 01, Douglae Snope rated it really liked it Recommended to Matthew by: The Travelling Cat Chronicles. JPodDouglas Coupland’s most acclaimed novel to date, is a lethal joyride into today’s new breed of tech worker. It’s absurd where Foer is profound, inscrutable in its complex cokpland rather than its strange complexity. The book that’s smarter-than-thou and wittily postmodern. Well, it’s standard practice for a book reviewer to make copious notes while reading, highlighting noteworthy quotes, important plot twists, encapsulating themes and so on.
dogulas This didn’t come from the same Coupland that wrote Generation X, Microserfs, Shampoo Planet and all those 90’s classics that Couplanders want to hang on to so badly.