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Thought provoking or plain pretentious?,
This review is from: Player One (Hardcover)
In true Coupland style this book brings together the banal ( an airport hotel bar) with the cataclysmic ( the end of civilisation). Into this mix are thrown some of Coupland's most interesting characters for years. A vicar on the run, a stunning, detached blonde, a middle-aged woman on an internet date and a reformed alcoholic bar tender. The novel is short on plot but the eclectic mix of people leads to though provoking muses on happiness, religion and fulfilment in the twenty first century. None of the characters feel real but in their own individual way they reflect the worries and concerns of all of us with an unnerving veracity.
As with most of Coupland's recent novels I'm left with mixed feelings. Is the lack of story a sign of unflinching genius or the sign of someone playing to their strengths? In the end I don't think it really matters - in a couple of hundred pages Coupland introduces more concepts than a lifetime of mainstream literature and delivers characters that you care for.