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Shampoo Planet by Douglas Coupland
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Apr 13, 2009

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bookshelves: cadeau, oh-canada, 2009
Recommended to rabbitprincess by: dad
Recommended for: Coupland fans who liked Generation X, Girlfriend in a Coma
Read in October, 2009 , read count: 1

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A pretty interesting story. The narrator's voice was kind of grating in the beginning with his referring to his mother, Jasmine, by her first name, which always seems kind of impolite to me (I would never call my mum by her first name). However, once the story settled down and crazy things started happening, it was less jarring.

The events themselves are classic Coupland, and the story is peppered with observations about the corporation-saturated life of the 1990s, clashes of cultures, journeys to find oneself, and so on. And Coupland's writing is always very evocative. It's all in the details: the colours of crayons Tyler uses to make rubbings of stars on the Walk of Fame; the consistency of KittyWhip Cat Food; Tyler's brother's drawing of the Plants; the way Tyler's birthplace looks in the middle of the forest. And if you're not a fan of the Coupland gimmicks, like the pages of numbers in jPod or the subconscious words in Microserfs, you will be relieved to note that this story is told in a fairly straightforward manner. (Personally, I have nothing against those gimmicks, but they may drive some people up the wall.) It's worth a look.

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Reading Progress

10/01/2009 page 77
27.3% "Stop calling your mother by her first name, Tyler."
10/02/2009 page 141
50.0% "The titular item makes an appearance."
10/04/2009 page 245
86.88% "Living it up at the Hotel California."
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