JPod. Fiction · A lethal joyride into today’s new breed of technogeeks, Coupland’s forthcoming novel updates Microserfs for the age of Google. The misadventures of the staff of an eccentric video game design studio. “JPod” is, remarkably, the geek-culture chronicler Douglas Coupland’s ninth novel since his debut, “Generation X.” It is a work in which his.
|Published (Last):||20 December 2013|
|PDF File Size:||15.11 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||19.64 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
Este tipo de escritores obviamente jpodd pueden gustarle a todo el mundo. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page.
Preview — JPod by Douglas Coupland. JPodDouglas Coupland’s most acclaimed novel to date, is a upod joyride into today’s new breed of tech worker. Ethan Jarlewski and five co-workers whose surnames begin with “J” are bureaucratically marooned in jPod, a no-escape architectural limbo on the fringes of a massive Vancouver game design company.
Observer review: JPod by Douglas Coupland | Books | The Guardian
The jPodders wage daily battle against the demands of a boneheade JPodDouglas Coupland’s most acclaimed novel to date, is a lethal joyride into today’s new breed of tech worker. The jPodders wage daily battle against the demands of a boneheaded marketing staff, who daily torture employees cohpland idiotic changes to already idiotic games.
Meanwhile, Ethan’s personal life is shaped or twisted by phenomena as disparate as Hollywood, marijuana grow-ops, people-smuggling, ballroom dancing, and the rise of China.
JPod ‘s universe is amoral, shameless, and dizzyingly fast-paced like our own. The master ironist just might redefine E. Forster’s famous dictate ‘Only connect’ for the Google age. Paperbackpages.
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. Scotiabank Giller Prize Nominee To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about JPodplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jan 16, Nate rated it it was amazing Shelves: Here’s what I’ve noticed. People that have read extensive Coupland novels view this book more negatively. It is my opinion that this is a very good book.
It’s sarcastic, witty, satirical, and outlandish. 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. This is a funny book that can be taken lightly with great humor. In tho Here’s what I’ve noticed. In those 90’s he focused much more on the frustrations and anxieties of his characters.
In this book he’s almost making those anxieties into absurd hyperbole. For God sakes he inserts himself into the book as a pretentious arrogant asshole that is hated at first by everybody in Jpod. If you’ve never read Coupland before, Read This.
If you’ve read some or lot’s of him before, try and laugh. Not every book needs a profound moral of a story. Sometimes you can have some fun reading too.
Review: JPod by Douglas Coupland | Books | The Guardian
View all 10 couplznd. I am a fan of Coupland and I have read everything he has ever published, but it is clear after reading Jpod that he’s been in Vancouver too long and needs to get out for a weekend, if only to try another city’s dope and take-out.
So what if the main character’s Mom is growing and selling weed, Dad is datin I am a fan of Coupland and I have read everything he has ever published, but it is clear after reading Jpod that he’s been in Vancouver too long and needs to get out for a weekend, if only to try another city’s dope and take-out.
So what if the main character’s Mom is growing and selling weed, Dad is dating his son’s classmates, and his boss is being manipulated by a billionaire Asian criminal? Sure it’s shocking, but is this the zeitgeist, or just, “Extreme Vancouver? Gen Y’s struggle to assert “authorship”, i.
In the end, I am not sure this story or these characters matter, and I think they may as well not have been. Phooey, Doug, Phoeey I say! Has the well run dry? Sep 03, Marcus rated it did not like it. One star was generous, trust me. It’s hard to believe couplan this is the man who authored the book that made me want to become a writer. He wrote three brilliant books, at the beginning of his career, his last being Microserfs Then I watched him fall shorter and shorter with each subsequent release.
He became a watered down version of his former ipod with each couland book published, not unlike the de-evolution of sitcom characters who become caricatures of their original concept, left with only the One star was generous, trust me. He became a watered down version of his former self with each new book published, not unlike the de-evolution of sitcom characters who become caricatures of their original concept, left with only the qualities most praised by the masses.
Shallow versions of their former selves. The same can be said for Coupland’s Jpod. This book is full of self-absorbed pretension.
He does his very best to imitate a great author young Douglas Coupland but his attempts at bizarre situations are failed, and his inclusion of himself as a character in his book raises the self-aggrandizing bar to new heights or lows, depending on your view He wastes page after page with binary codes, and random words that have little to no relevance to the “story”, taking up space, and raising the page count and price of the book.
It seems as if he was merely attempting to recreate Gen X and Microserfs with different names for the characters. This book was so bad, I wouldn’t even be willing to trade it, sell it or give it away as I could never do something so malicious to another literate human being.
So there it is. One man wrote one of the best books I’ve ever read, and one of the worst.
It may be time to wash my hands of his work completely. May 02, Nicola rated it liked it Shelves: I’m a little conflicted over my reaction to this novel. Because it was an undeniably enjoyable read and there was literally not a chapter which didn’t make me laugh out loud. And yet, I feel I feel I should preface this review by saying, Coupland is my favourite author. Like, by a really long way. I love dougllas his books insanely much. Well, except Shampoo Planet. No one loves Shampoo Planet. Except Ryan Ross, apparently.
I want to write like him. I would happily only ever read Co I’m a little conflicted over my reaction to this novel.
I would happily only ever read Coupland-esque books, if enough existed. That said, what I admire most about his writing is how he has matured. It’s a jumping off point — and the depth, the humanity Coupland has put into his novels in the past 15 years make it look Eleanor Rigby completely, completely blew me away.
I was expecting to hate it, but its beauty is so understated and genuinely poignant. Which is why I was hesitant when I read the description of jPod. Which it basically is. And don’t get me wrong, it’s quite a feat to be as successfully zeitgeisty and funny as a Microserfs update calls for.
But compared to Eleanor Rigby? Feels undeniably like a step backwards. It was also the first Coupland barring Shampoo Planet: P that felt repetitive to me. I’ve met Ethan before.
In fact, it just took me 30 seconds to remember his name, he’s so familiar The romance between Ethan and Kaitlin, in particular, I barely felt like I had to concentrate on, because I knew exactly what was going to happen. It’s not a bad trope, but it’s still a trope Garden Stateanyone? It’s also extremely familiar in the Coupland universe.
Coupland novels tend to make me cry. Girlfriend In A Coma is the worst, but Microserfs also makes me sob. I wasn’t left with any kind of strong emotional connection to any of the characters. And frankly, the warm characterization is what has always separared Coupland from the Bret Easton Ellises of the writing world.
I can’t abide Bret Easton Ellis. He’s an extraordinarily talented writer. I took a Contemporary Literature class a couple of years ago and my very smart lecturer was talking, in passing, about Coupland and said that he was the kind of author duoglas write himself into his books.