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Player One

International bestselling author Douglas Coupland delivers a real time five hour story set in an airport cocktail lounge during a global disaster Five disparate people are trapped inside Karen a single mother waiting for her online date; Rick the down on his luck airport lounge bart. If this book had decided to just go ahead and be a novel it would ve been great If it had decided to just go ahead and be a series of essays on existentialism and the transformations and implications of humanity and society it probably would ve been great too Instead it tries to be both and only gets halfway with eitherThe book is at first about five people who meet in a hotel bar during a major global crisis They each get a chance to tell their tales including a mysterious narrator named Player One At this stage the book is very engaging The characters are all at thresholds of differing types Luke is a pastor who s lost his faith Karen is there to meet an internet hook up Rick is about to hand thousands of dollars over to a celebrity savior and Rachel has finally decided to get pregnant to prove that she s human and it s fun to see the flawed narrator tool used in four different ways their flaws all multiply colored through everyone else s eyesUnfortunately the global crisis traps them in the hotel bar and they spend the rest of the book all ruminating on life existence the soul and purpose Even this wouldn t be so bad except every single character has the same poetic insightful intricate thought processes when they start analyzing what it means to be alive The failed gardenerbartender the MILF the depressed pastor and even to some extent the mentally robotic mouse breeder they all use the same cleverly contrived tone of voice to discuss religion society nihilism and the like By the end of the story it is painfully obvious that every character is nothing than a mouthpiece for our author who at that point has said to heck with it with character development and story and has gone full bore with his philosophizing much of it coming across as little than erudite thumb twiddling although that may just be because there s so darn much of it that it becomes mind numbing after timeThe story almost unforgivably is tied up with a hasty narrative ribbon with one character uite literally explaining everything to the reader as if Coupland was bored with the book and just didn t want to bother with actual writing The last fifth of the novel is a glossary of terms that while interesting don t really add to either the book or the philosophies it analyzes I m not sure what the purpose of this section was some of it is definitely meant to be funny but it didn t do much for meIt s fantastic when a book gets you to think about life deeply and in challenging ways but the best books do this through interesting stories complicated characters and character development and in intricate plotting and planning This book sets up an intriguing premise and then tosses it all aside to give each character a chance to preach the same basic message of modern disaffection and doubt That s not good writing or good philosophizing It s a lazy example of both trying to wear the other s hat

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Ender; Luke a pastor on the run; Rachel a cool Hitchcock blonde incapable of true human contact; and finally a mysterious voice known as Player One Slowly each reveals the truth about themselves while the world as they know it comes to an endIn the tradition of Kurt Vonnegut and J G. There is something disturbing about writers as intelligent as Douglas Coupland Underneath the brilliant psychological dialogue the haunting charismatic cast of underachievers and the creative plot that is impossible to predict lies writing that is so fresh and honest that it is scary truthful Player One is that book depicting the tale of five characters trapped in a cocktail lounge during a world changing event The discussion topics humanity vs everything else and whether we are worth it Douglas speaks in prophetic voices that are so dark and logical that it is hard not to lose hope in what we are and what we are to become But there is also a sweetness to his apocalypse like the tsunami that is coming is made out of milk chocolate or the bombs that spill out of the sky are confected gum drops It loosens the blow and in the end somehow gives us hopeWith that being said the ending felt tacked on an after thought almost like Coupland got tired of predicting his own dreary futures and just stopped It makes this reader wonder if he did it on purpose forcing us to endure one final apocalyptic meteor crashing into the Earth or a giant hand reaching up and turning off the sun

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Ballard Coupland explores the modern crises of time human identity society religion and the afterlife The book asks as many uestions as it answers and readers will leave the story with no doubt that we are in a new phase of existence as a species and that there is no turning back. I ve got mixed feelings about the book Neither female character read as completely believable to me and yet they were both far better realized than the men who were mere sketchesHere s partly why Our MC is in an airplane Karen s a little too warm so she undoes two buttons at the top of her dress hoping that if anyone sees her they won t take this as a sign she s a slutSnap poll friends does this accurately describe your thoughts at any time in your life The other woman is on the autistic spectrum but this seemed played as a caricature Temperance Brennan on steroidsI did enjoy the narrative structure even the end which pissed a lot of people off The connections and experiences which link the characters were done well The whole existential pondering thing seemed like it had been pulled off cheesy motivational websites For every person currently alive there are nineteen dead people who lived before us Maybe that s the whole pointI grew to enjoy the book as I got deeper into it and it finished of a 35 for me rounding down for the autistic character view spoiler begging God to send me a sign that this is how it feels to be a woman hide spoiler


10 thoughts on “Player One

  1. says:

    It's hard to write about any of Coupland's novel because they are much than mere plots and characters smudged together This hits its peak in Player One possibly the clearest manifestation of Couplandism where do we go after Postmod

  2. says:

    If this book had decided to just go ahead and be a novel it would've been great If it had decided to just go ahead and be a series of

  3. says:

    Just another terrific read This is ultimately an exploration on some of the bigger philosophical uestions on life what is this concept of time? What happens before we're born and after we die? And so on And Coupland does this with his innate lyrical language and his trademark wit The premise of the story is Five people all of whom end up in a Toronto Pearson airport lounge find themselves locked inside the lounge while the world

  4. says:

    There is something disturbing about writers as intelligent as Douglas Coupland Underneath the brilliant psychological dialogue the haunting charismatic cast of underachievers and the creative plot that is impossible to predict lies wr

  5. says:

    One star for the shot One star for the appendix One star for Coupland's ability to glorify the sadness of humanity One star for God's opinion on evolution One star for sentences like personality is a slot machine and the cherries lemons and bells are your SSRI system your schizophrenic tendency your leftright brain lobalization your anxiety proclivity your wiring glitches your place on the autistic and OCD spectrums a

  6. says:

    Recently I stole the soapbox in another person's review of Shampoo Planet to pontificate about my personal reader's theory of Douglas Coupland JPod was the first Coupland novel I read and it is also my favourite We all react to Coupland differently—ie JPod is my favourite but some of my friends hate JPod with a passion and love Girlfriend in a Coma or Eleanor Rigby Despite the fact that Coupland always deals with the same them

  7. says:

    I've got mixed feelings about the book Neither female character read as completely believable to me and yet they were both far better realized than the men who were mere sketchesHere's partly why Our MC is in an airplane Karen's a little too warm so she undoes two buttons at the top of her dress hoping that if anyone sees her they won't take this as a sign she's a slutSnap poll friends does this accurately describe yo

  8. says:

    I read this book in French which is dumb because it was written in English originally but I found it in a bookstore and couldn't resist so here we are A lot of terms had me shaking my head in confusion before realizing that the terms had no t

  9. says:

    Too bad books don't get remakes like films sometimes do This book deserves one The ideas uestions and characters

  10. says:

    It's kind of strange that I read Player One in two days before the ten year anniversary of 911 Player One has many parts that I found great a

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