Shampoo Planet

by DOUGLAS COUPLAND | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0743231538 Global Overview for this book
Registered by BookGroupMan of Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on 7/24/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Monday, July 24, 2006
Thank you Jedsmom for this from my wishlist - part of my UnConvention 'NSS'

(22/04) Finished - review to follow

Journal Entry 2 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Monday, April 23, 2007
This is Coupland’s second novel after Generation X and before Microserfs (i’m ignoring intervening Life After God as a memoir and oddity), and it already feels very familiar; the stylised ultra-cool twenty-something angst; the north american west coast geography(ies) and social landscapes; the layers of story-telling and philosophising...

Shampoo Planet (TM) is a shop in a dying mall in Lancaster, WA, near the nuclear ‘plants’ which gave the town its reason for existing, and are now being decommissioned. Tyler Johnson is a child of the 80’s, who lives in his stylish trade-marked ‘modernarium’, with its shampoo museum, globe farm and mini fridge. At the start of the book he is at college (sort-of), he has a girlfriend and close if slightly unusual friendship group, and a dream to work in Seattle for mega-corporation ‘Bechtol’ (seeds of Microsoft/Microserfs?) It all goes wrong in the middle of the book as his chaotic hippy earth mother Jasmine, the manipulative Stephanie (a by-product of a recent European tour), and his own doubts about the future, conspire to set him on a more complex path...more of a unplanned diversion(?)...on the road to his Epiphany. The ending is a bit too ‘happy’ and contrived, but a good read anyway :)

Extra quote about Europe, the ‘old world’ from a visiting American:

'Europe lacks the possibility of metamorphosis. [It] like a beautiful baby with super-distinctive features is kind of depressing because you know exactly what the child will look like at twenty, at forty, at ninety-nine. No mystery.'


Journal Entry 3 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Wednesday, May 30, 2007
I'm keeping this back for the unconvention, possibly

Journal Entry 4 by iNomad from Toronto, Ontario Canada on Friday, July 27, 2007
I quite liked this book, it was nihilistic yet hopeful. Passed it on to a friend in Manchester, who subsequently released it somewhere in the highlands while on a trip.

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