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Player One by Douglas Coupland
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Mar 09, 2011

really liked it

As part of the Massey Lecture series, this novel is already an unusual kind of creature. But. In addition to being a lecture and a novel, there's also a trailer for the book! A TRAILER for a BOOK. I've never heard of that before. You can check it out on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4fAmO...

Of course because it's a lecture it's also a 'big ideas' kind of novel, but don't let that fool you. The ideas are presented in a fascinating way without being didactic. I read a lot of 'big idea' literature, and some of it kind of hits you over the head with its ideas. This novel does not. It puts those ideas into the mouths of the characters, who don't necessarily have them all fully thought out, which lets you as the reader be the one to make your own decision about those issues. Love, parenthood, peak oil, surveillance culture and social networking all make appearances, so there's an idea for everyone. In the book club that I read it in, we talked longer than we have for a long time about the book - a sure sign there was plenty of food for thought within it!
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