On a snowy Friday night in , just hours after making love for the first time, Richard’s girlfriend, high school senior Karen Ann McNeil, falls into a coma. Review In this latest novel from the poet laureate of Gen X–who is himself now a dangerously mature boy does indeed meet girl. The year is. Nicholas Lezard on Douglas Coupland’s best yet: Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland pp, Flamingo, £ Sat 14 Nov

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I find the overall concept for the girlfriemd to be quite intriguing; even so, I think how Coupland develops his ideas and gurlfriend are ineffective and confusing. The story focuses around a group of friends and their lives growing up in a world that keeps progressing while they feel their lives are stagnant.

Besides, I think a certain morphic resonance has allowed the book’s premises to leak out into the cultural continuum. But there is much in Coupland’s worldview that is British – more even than his Canadian background could account for: Then we actually grow up to past forty-years-old and find out that they were coipland the right decisions after all. This tragicomedy shows Coupland in his most mature form yet, writing with all his customary powers of acute observation, but turning his attention away from the surface of modern life to the dynamics of modern relationships, but doing so with all the sly wit and weird accuracy we expect of the soothsaying author of Generation X, Shampoo Planet, Life After God, Microserfs and Polaroids from the Dead.

Girlfriend in a Girfriend was my first taste of Canadian author Douglas Coupland’s work, and I must admit that I selected it just for its title, being a huge fan of The Smiths.



On the 15th of DecemberRichard’s girlfriend Karen takes two valium and promptly falls into a coma that lasts around 16 years. I’m still an optimistic person, with strong morals and convictions. The first half of the book basically revolves around the people in Karen’s life after she goes into the coma, the second part deals with life after her reawakening, and the third part, well, you don’t want me to give that away do you?

The characters have to deal with the end of the world as predicted by Karen in her coma. I loved the opening chapters, for that he gets a full five stars.

Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland

The characters largely did not feel realistic, and it did get a little silly in places. I plan to go back and reread this book, this time understanding what’s coming. Douglas Coupland has a way with words, very clever. The mixing of the genres prevented me from seeing a central theme.

Well it begins with a group of teenagers set in the ‘s Richard, Karen, Pam, Linus, Wendy, Hamilton and Jarred – a ghost on the cusp of adulthood who have their life goals ahead of them. The period after this tour was, for Coupland, “one of the darkest periods of [his] life”. The novel tells the story of a group of friends growing up in VancouverBritish ColumbiaCanada in the late s. Why on earth didn’t they reprint that coupladn In fact, Coupland’s loopiness is a guarantor of his talent.

Spanning two decades in the close-knit lives of friends in Vancouver, his kinetic text begins with the episode that lands the narrator’s girlfriend in her year coma. I’m still trying to sort out how I feel about this book, and Douglas Coupland in general. This being the first novel if his girlffriend I read, I would probably wait a month or so before diving into his other books. This book represents everything I loved about myself from my early 20’s, and everything from that era I hate and of which I’m deeply ashamed.


Without giving away too much plot, I’ll say that the very end was rather touching, but didn’t come close to making up for couplannd utterly ridiculous sci-fi turn that the book took.

Now, hold onto those questions. Take that, 15 year old me!

I am sure that there are many for whom this ij is wonderful yet, for one, I cannot understand those plaudits nor the acclaim with which Douglas Coupland is held. Talk about ways to scare you into not having sex. Firstly, he begins the book using genres such as romance and melodrama.

On the night of a teenage house-wrecking party, one of the protagonists, Karen, falls into a coma. The plotting and characterization in this book does not live up to his phrasing.

Identity, superficiality, technology, the hyper-real, lack of meaning and Nostalgia. That Karen sees the world with eyes that were last open in is itself a master-stroke, and one that will resonate particularly with British readers, who, more than most, recognize as the Beginning of the End.

Synopsis Girls, memory, parenting, millennial fear — all served Coupland-style. Open Preview See a Problem? Aug 05, Brennan rated it it was amazing. Media reporter, reviewer, dougkas, guest booker, ggirlfriend. By the end of Girlfriend in a Coma, I was a bit teary and entirely hopeful for humanity as a whole.