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City of Glass: Douglas Coupland's Vancouver Paperback – 1 May 2003
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About the Author
Douglas Coupland was born on a Canadian Air Force base in Germany and raised in Vancouver, where he still resides. Among his bestselling novels are Generation X, Eleanor Rigby, Microserfs, Hey Nostradamus!, jPod The Gum Thief and Generation A, altogether in print in forty countries. Coupland exhibits his sculpture internationally and has launched furniture collections, consulted for Steven Spielberg, guest-edited Wired magazine and designed a Toronto park. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Coupland describes Vancouver with many page-long vignettes, sort of like a patchwork quilt: he describes feng shui in Vancouver, Japanese teenagers, a harbour full of sulfur piles, American couples on "love boats," monstrous houses, and the quiet detachment that Vancouver feels from the Rest of Canada. (Which has its own entry -- really!)
Coupland's fiction is generally distinguishable for its contemplative, cynically witty tones. But he drops all that for "City of Glass." Okay, there is a chunk of "Life After God" in the middle, blurry text and pics. And occasionally the transcripts of Coupland's memories remind one of his fiction, seeming sadder and darker.
Most of the time, he sounds fond and reminiscent, as if reliving the memories that come with salmon and fleece. Not to mention funny, such as when describing the confusing disagreements about feng shui (" this space should flowwwwww" or "flow is to be avoided at all costs"). And the photographs are quite good as well, with Coupland taking pictures of the prosaic subjects of his book -- a sleepy-looking Japanese teen, a fleece vest, a boat floating out on a light-filled harbor, a skiier in mid-twist on a sunlit hillside.
"City of Glass" isn't exactly going to make you race to Vancouver, but it will make you appreciate the little hidden facets of the city -- and perhaps make you notice the ones in your own.
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