bookspacePhoto of readermy comments
 home > bookspace > my comments > comment: jpod : a novel /
Subscribe via RSS 
JPod : a novel
Douglas Coupland
Adult Fiction COUPLAN

Comments  Summary  Excerpt  Reviews  Author Notes

Summary: Very evil....very funny A lethal joyride into today's new breed of technogeeks,DouglasCoupland's new novel updates Microserfs for the age of Google. Ethan Jarlewski and five co-workers are bureaucratically marooned in JPod, a no-escape architectural limbo on the fringes of a massive Vancouver video game design company. The six JPodders wage daily battle against the demands of a boneheaded marketing staff, who daily torture employees with 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 and shameless - and dizzyingly fast-paced. The characters are products of their era even as they're creating it. Everybody in Ethan's life inhabits a moral grey zone. Nobody is exempt, not even his seemingly straitlaced parents or Coupland himself. Full of word games, visual jokes, and sideways jabs, this book throws a sharp, pointed lawn dart into the heart of contemporary life. JPod is Douglas Coupland at the top of his game. Douglas Couplandis a novelist who also works in visual arts and theater. His novels includeGeneration X,Microserfs, All Families Are Psychotic,Hey Nostradamus!, andEleanor Rigby. He lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. Ethan Jarlewski and five co-workers are bureaucratically marooned in JPod, a no-escape architectural limbo on the fringes of a massive Vancouver video game design company. The six jPodders wage daily battle against the demands of a bone-headed marketing staff, who daily torture employees with 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 and shameless--and dizzyingly fast-paced. The characters are products of their era even as they're creating it. Everybody in Ethan's life inhabits a moral gray zone. Nobody is exempt, not even his seemingly straitlaced parents or Coupland himself. Full of word games, visual jokes, and sideways jabs, this book throws a sharp, pointed lawn dart into the heart of contemporary life.JPodis Douglas Coupland at the top of his game. "To Coupland's credit, the technologically sophisticated but socially alienated universe that he anticipated in 1995 is an even more tangible and complicated entity in 2000--a time when people really do speak in regurgitated sound bites fromThe Simpsons, and are labeled autistic simply because they are shy, and are granted preposterous job descriptions like being part of a 'world-building team' when they possess little control over the world in which they live -- and that gives him license to revisit this territory inJPod."--The New York Times "The perfect vehicle for [Coupland's] funny and poignant evocations of near-term nostalgia . . . there is brilliance at work inJPod."--LA Times "Zeitgeist surfer Douglas Coupland downloads his brain intoJpod."--Vanity Fair "Jpodis a sleek and necessary device: the finely tuned output of an author whose obsolescence is thankfully years away."--New York Times Book Review "A willful, joyful satire that revels in the same cultural conventions that it sends up."--Rocky Mountain News "Perhaps it's time to admire [Coupland's] virtuoso tone and how he has refined it over


Be the first to add a comment! Share your thoughts about this title. Would you recommend it? Why or why not?

Question about returns, requests or other account details?
 Add a Comment
Submission Guidelines

Find this title in the Library Catalog
Find this title in the Library Catalog


more titles about

main characters Ethan Jarlewski
Male
Works long hours; enjoys surfing the internet; mom has a marijuana farm; dad is an aspiring actor; has 20 illegal Chinese immigrants in his apartment; video-game developer.



recent comments
hcl mobile app
hclib
mobile
app
Facebook Twitter Tumblr YouTube Vimeo Flickr Federal Depository Library Federal
Depository
Library
Hennepin County Government Hennepin
County
Government
© 2014  Hennepin County Library12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55305 Comments and Feedback    |    RSS