Tyler Johnson is a twenty-year-old MTV child. Once a baby raised in a hippie commune, he now sells fake Chanel T-shirts, collects shampoo and studies hotel/motel management in a small northwest city sadd...more
1) An articulate, hyper-self aware protagonist.
2) His/her messed up but well-intentioned immediate family.
3) A focus on consumer culture and changing technology.
4) Fear of poverty and crappy jobs.
I think I could go on with more common elements, but I'll stop...more
but, then again, i have been trying to figure out whether the moon spins on an axis and around the earth or just around the earth. and, you know, whether or not you walk faster if you...more
When Coupland talks about the USA I recognise the place. In this book he d...more
Really, though, I enjoyed the growth and interaction of characters most. I appreciate the way he blends the sort of hyper-consumerism of his characters with personality traits to make them likable hypocrites. Flawed, but not hated. You get the same...more
Shampoo Planet is the rich and dazzling point where two worlds collide -- those of 1960s parents and their 1990s offspring, "Global Teens." Raised in a hippie commune, Tyler Johnson is an ambitious twenty-year-old Reagan youth, living in a decaying northwest city and aspiring to a career with the corporation whose offices his mother once firebombed.
This six-month chronicle of Tyler's life takes us to Paris and the ongoing party beside Jim Morrison's grave, to a wild island in British Columbia,...more
"...a portrait of Jasmine, facing the world as she does at this point of her life, utterly frightened by a monst...more
This was Coupland's 2nd novel, sorta-kinda a sequel to Generation X. This was for the following generation: Generation Y, or what Coupland called Global Kids. This gets a bit confusing, because the lead in Shampoo Planet seems to be the younger brother of the lead from Generation X...or maybe that's making a point right there...
I enjoyed this, but not quite as much as Coupland's other books. It's kind of a transitional novel for him, as it lacks the anger of his first book, but hasn't...more
Coupland, the disaffected young writer who was supposed to be a voice for my generation. Or, well, for people slightly older than me. Or maybe I came in on the edge of Generation X (which will be another topic for another time). Coupland, who intr...more
Coupland writes for the generation before mine, his stories full of witticisms that seem dry now that they're over a decade old. I think the generational gap was too close for my comfort - the things that were ironic and sarcastically funny are now too true, imbedded deeply into the fabric of our national consciousness/experience. This makes them not funny anymore, but rather tragic and frightening. It was a lit...more
Like all great Canadians, Coupland has a much keener s...more
It's a nice story all right, yet looking for meaning, ideas and concepts that stick with you long after the book was read (which I so dearly love in other Couplands) proved unsuccessful.
My problem with the book is that I am so far removed from myse...more
"my memories begin with ronald regan - thoughts and ideas and remembrances like an explosion of white birds released on the coronation of the king. of the times before regan i remember little fleeting, ghostly webs of images, the strange undeniably dreamlike phantasms of a grey era. rocks as pets...underwear you ate...rings that told you how you felt. i must have been asleep then."...more
For the majority of the novel, I despised the narrator (Tyler). I thought he was stupid and weak. But as the novel progressed and he started...more