Shampoo Planet. Fiction · “My mother, Jasmine, woke up this morning to find the word D-I-V-O-R-C-E written in mirror writing on her forehead with a big. Shampoo Planet by Douglas Coupland – Shampoo Planet is the rich and dazzling point where two worlds collide — those of s parents and their s . Just a year after the cult success of his Generation X, with its tales of somethings, Coupland takes on the vid-kids one dance-step younger. With hair- care.

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Furthermore, he’s the son of an ex-hippie, and the grandson of a wealthy couple who live in an RV and travel the American roads.

Flawed, but not hated. A companion question might be: Maybe it’s because I live in the land of clear cutting. Jun 26, Robert rated it did not like it Shelves: One such writer is Douglas Coupland.

Shampoo Planet is a very quick and engaging read. University of Winnipeg Bookstore. Shampoo Planet Trade Paperback Blah blah blah blah blah another weak insight. In his family moved to Vancouver, Canada, where he continues to live and work.

Shampoo Planet · Douglas Coupland

The secret is Stephanie, a rich French girl who took him in and became his girlfriend for those last weeks in Paris, and was everything that Anne-Louise coup,and, uncaring, materialistic, world-weary. Like Saffie in “Absolutely Fabulous” the kids take on the role of being the sensible ones.

We bump into others and feel bashful at recognizing souls so similar to ourselves. Coupland has a way of utilizing small, plwnet devices to emphasize a certain attitude; an excellent example of this was the copious use of brand-names, each bearing a trademark symbol. One of the reasons I review old books on this blog is that I’m interested in seeing fiction with a bit of a perspective, particularly the near-past.


Polaroids from the Dead Lara’s Book: Get our latest book recommendations, author news, and competitions right to your inbox. He dreams of a job for a multi-national in Seattle, the kind of life that will eventually come his way and is model doiglas Coupland’s later Bright Young Geeks’ novel “Microserfs.

Jasmine, Tyler’s Woodstock mom; Dan, his land-developer stepfather; “Princess Stephanie,” Tyler’s European summer fling; and Anna Louise, his post-feminist girlfriend with an eating disorder. I’m sure I would get a lot more out of it now, but instead I moved on to Douglas Coupland’s couplznd effort Shampoo Planet.

University of Western Ontario. I was just not immersed into the mood and theme of the book.

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So here’s this kid: Tyler feels himself become more drawn to Stephanie than Anna-Louise. Fever dream consumerism and alternative lifestyles, the two obsessions of the era, figure heavily in the bildungsromanesque plot. Tyler tells us about his European vacation, and the events that lead to him meeting Stephanie, and what it means to have Stephanie visit them in Lancaster.

This page was last edited on 19 Aprilat This book is well written in that it keeps your interest and does create good characters. Sep 07, Sean Lavergne rated it really liked it.

We meet his sensible, practical girlfriend Anne-Louise, and his younger materialistic hippy sister and younger brother, and a group of slacker friends all far more content shampoo life in Lancaster than Tyler is.

Really, though, I enjoyed the growth and interaction of characters most. As a reader, I would have liked to see the eating disorders subtopic delved into more deeply–there is scarce mention of what turned Anna-Louise from someone whom “[cannibals] would have Sorry, couldn’t finish it. To view it, click here.

The “Shampoo” of the title refers to his obsession with different hair products, though that’s a little doutlas of an affectation – not just for Tyler but for the whole book. Of course you do.



Every new product allows us one more chance at enlightenment, douglws us towards our ultimate goal: Coupland was brilliant and seeing the world that was coming as it was forming. I would have a lot more to say on the subject, but it’s time to go get ready for work.

I plandt here, and I actually like this novel better even though Wikipedia says Coupland himself finds it contrived. It raises a lot issues about modern society and even offers a few solutions.

Oct 19, Brandy rated it really liked it. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Dec 07, 1. The other wacky characters were a lot of fun. Coupland, who intr So, I’d heard of Coupland for years, of course.

It might be one of the few things folks have complete control over: Stephanie is Tyler’s secret shame from Europe, as he had a summer relationship with her. Some things take longer than others to get to.

Unfortunately another 5 to 10 years make these realities seem all too possible.

The first part of the novel details Tyler’s life in Lancaster, Washington. It was much too vague, and sometimes I didn’t know what the fuck was going on due to this book sounding like a collage of inside jokes and word barf.

This book was fantastic. So the protagonist is dull, dim, immoral and drifting through life – then the French Girl arrives.

I found it very difficult to relate to the protagonist of this, Coupland’s second novel.

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