JPod

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, May 1, 2007 - Fiction - 464 pages
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JPod, Douglas Coupland's most acclaimed novel to date, is a lethal joyride into today's new breed of tech worker. Ethan Jarlewski and five co-workers whose surnames begin with "J" are bureaucratically marooned in jPod, a no-escape architectural limbo on the fringes of a massive Vancouver game design company. The 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, shameless, and dizzyingly fast-paced like our own.
Douglas Coupland is a novelist who also work in visual arts and theater. His novels include Generation X, Microserfs, All Families Are Psychotic, Hey Nostradamus!, and Eleanor Rigby. He lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.
Praise for JPod: "JPod is a sleek and necessary device: the finely tuned output of an author whose obsolescence is thankfully years away."-New York Times Book Review"It's to [Coupland's] credit that in JPod he's still nimble enough to take the post-modern man-too young for Boomer nostalgia and too old for youthful idealism-and drown his sorrows in a willful, joyful satire that revels in the same cultural conventions that it sends up."-Rocky Mountain News
"It's time to admire [Coupland's] virtuoso tone and how he has refined it over 11 novels. The master ironist just might redefine E. M. Forster's famous dictate 'Only connect' for the Google age."-USA Today
"Zeitgeist surfer Douglas Coupland downloads his brain into JPod."-Vanity Fair
Also available: JPod - HC ISBN-10 1-59691-104-2 ISBN 13 978-1-59691-104-8 $24.95 All Families Are Psychotic - PB, ISBN-10 1-58234-215-6 ISBN-13 1-58234-215-3 $13.95 Hey Nostradamus! - PB, ISBN-10 1-58234-415-9 ISBN-13 1-58234-415-7 $13.95 Eleanor Rigby - HC, ISBN-10 1-58234-5

 

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While I have a collection called 'Have Read'. I don't have a subset labelled 'But Didn't Finish'. According to page numbering, I am exactly half way through, and decided that I've given it enough time ... Read full review

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Microserfs is one of my favourites. I started out not liking JPod because it seemed a bit cold. I didn't find Ethan, the main character, very likable. It gradually won me over, after I accepted the ... Read full review

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Douglas Coupland is a novelist who also work in visual arts and theater. His novels include Generation X, Microserfs, All Families Are Psychotic, Hey Nostradamus!, and Eleanor Rigby. He lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.

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