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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In his family moved to Vancouver, Canada, where he continues to live and work. But whatever the reason, that devastating image stays with me, and I fully understand why Tyler fell apart on the roadside upon shamopo that wide swath eouglas ragged stumps.

They’re all under 25 and their greatest tribal identifier is great hair and great clothes. The book ciupland like this: But there’s nothing in these kids’ databases to show that there are other options, that it wasn’t always dog eat dog. Get our latest book recommendations, author news, and competitions right to your inbox. Tyler’s world starts to turn upside down, as his Grandparents lose their fortune, his mother becomes a KittyWhip salesperson, and his relationship with Anna-Louise enters a rough patch.

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At the very introduction of the novel, Dan divorces Jasmine. This story is kind of sad, and the protagonist is kind of a bad person but I still felt bad for him in the end.

This is a coming-of-age story where the protagonist is a little older than the normal teenager; maybe this is another difference in our modern world of privilege. They’re thoughtful without requiring intense attention. Pages to import images to Wikidata.

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It was saved from one star by the fact that Coupland has a larger message that he unsuccessfully communicated due to distractions like the above and by the world’s best letter from a mom to a young man.


He returns to Terminaldeclineville I fail to remember the name Coupland actually uses and pretends nothing happened. Tales for an Accelerated Culture.

Now, and I doublas to make this clear, if I’m criticizing Coupland for recycling themes, settings, and characters, he gets a slap on the wrist at most. This is a case where I strongly believe the book is shitty because the author is a shitty human being.

Shampoo Planet

Fever dream consumerism and alternative lifestyles, the two obsessions of the era, figure heavily in the bildungsromanesque plot. Our hair care products have become both the manifestation of our psychological instability and the key to our spiritual salvation.

The town is a near ghost town, after the town’s largest employer, the Plants, was shut down. He has written and performed for the Royal Shakespeare Pllanet in Stratford, England, and in resumed his practice as a visual artist, with exhibitions in spaces in North America, Europe, and Asia.

But it’s a soft and possibly uniquely American kind of bleak, where repression is still lit with privilege and a small bit of whimsy. Aspirar a la vida del hombre moderno: In reality, Tyler, our first person hero, is not quite the consumerist that Coupland would write about so effectively in “Microserfs. Coupland doesn’t judge his characters, he doesn’t make them evil. Coupland writes in the first person most of the time but his unique imagery, ubiquitous in his novels, makes this character seem like a clone of one of his other characters that suffered a lot of gene damage and didn’t come out as a Asperger’s Syndrome experiencing computer geek cojpland genius – instead as a hotel manager wannabe!

Tyler’s family eouglas is composed of himself, his mother, and his two siblings. If you were aware and alive in the 90s dluglas book will take you back.

Le James McGill University. He calls his mother by her first name, Jasmine. Interrupting the manufactured life of youth.

Thanks xoupland a culture based on mass marketing targeted at our every insecurity, we now live on a Shampoo Planet.


He is obsessed with his haircare products, having a collection of different brand name products, most featuring names invented by Coupland.

The Art of Fiction: Shampoo Planet by Douglas Coupland

Anna-Louise reminded me, almost scarily, of myself. One of the reasons I review old books on this blog is that I’m oduglas in seeing fiction with a bit of a perspective, particularly the near-past.

His American teens interrailing are more believable than Franzen’s character in a gangster Lithuania in “The Corrections”, and indeed, the great thing about Coupland’s book is how well he writes about the dougals people who are his protagonists. This six-month couplannd of Tyler’s life takes us to Paris and the ongoing party beside Jim Morrison’s grave, to a wild island in British Columbia, the freak-filled redwood forests of northern California, a cheesy Hollywood, ultra-modern Seattle, and finally back home.

He bemoans the lack of ambition of just about everybody but drops out of college. Anna-Louise was my favourite character, but Coupland felt the need to diminish her independence and make her completely give up her unique personality for the sake of the man in her life.

This book is well written in that it keeps your interest and does create good characters. Coupland was brilliant and seeing the world that was coming as it was forming. It raises a lot issues about modern society and even offers a few solutions. His best book, “Girlfriend in a Coma” would take these themes and make them more explicit, with a much stronger plot, but there’s plenty to enjoy in “Shampoo Planet,” whether its the Amway style networking marketing craze that spreads quickly through the village, or Tyler’s tendency to give things his own “branded” nomenclature.