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by Douglas Coupland

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ISBN: 0099538180
Author: Douglas Coupland
Language: English
Publisher: Windmill (September 1, 2011)
Pages: 256
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Rating: 4.4
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Yet its short length conceals a profound message, Coupland's attempt to answer the novel's subtitle: What is to become of us? Coupland delivers the novel in real-time over the course of five hour-long lectures that collectively form the 2010 Massey Lectures.

Karen thinks, Everything we leave behind us as we move from room to room is a husk. There’s a teenage boy across the aisle in the row ahead of Karen who has glanced her way a few times on this flight. In his reply, Warren said he had once thought it would be interesting to be a priest, because you’d get to hear similar tales of peoples’ dark sides in operation, except, when he thought it through, it might actually be dull as dirt, because there are only seven sins, not even eight, and once you’ve heard about nothing but seven sins.

International bestselling author Douglas Coupland delivers a real-time, five-hour story set in an airport . The book asks as many questions 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.

International bestselling author Douglas Coupland delivers a real-time, five-hour story set in an airport cocktail lounge during a global disaster. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

Player One: What Is to Become of Us is a novel written by Douglas Coupland for the 2010 Massey Lectures. Each of the book's five chapters was delivered as a one-hour lecture in a different Canadian city: Vancouver on October 12, Regina on October 14, Charlottetown on October 19, Ottawa on October 25 and ending in Toronto on October 29. The lectures were broadcast on CBC Radio One's Ideas, November 8–12. The book was published by House of Anansi Press.

Her body still shaking, Karen asks her duct-taped prisoner, Okay, then, what’s your name? You tell me. What do you think my name ought to be? What do I look like? Am I a Jason? A Justin?

This guy truly believes he did good by killing Leslie Freemont. Karen wonders when and where Leslie was scalped, and if his assistant, Tara, escaped. Luke blurts out, Monsters don’t need names

Guardian Douglas Coupland may be one of the smartest, wittiest writers around. Coupland examines our fragility through the insecurities and foibles of individuals and sets Player One against a chilling apocalyptic backdrop

Guardian Douglas Coupland may be one of the smartest, wittiest writers around. Esquire Eighteen years on from Generation X, Coupland still satirizes pop culture better than anyone. Coupland examines our fragility through the insecurities and foibles of individuals and sets Player One against a chilling apocalyptic backdrop. The book provides two avenues that run in parallel and crisscross over a very short and frightening period of time. But what makes it so readable are the characters. Though largely implausible and far too articulate, Coupland provides us with engaging personalities that we cannot help but connect with.

Player One is a novel by Douglas Coupland, it was written for a CBC lecture series and was broadcast on the .

Player One is a novel by Douglas Coupland, it was written for a CBC lecture series and was broadcast on the radio as well as through podcasts. It is split up into 5 one-hour segments. We follow four main characters and a couple side characters through a global crisis as it unfolds. Coupland is quite a famous Canadian author, and this is the first book of his that I have read. I think that perhaps trying to fit it into the time frame of the lecture series may have been responsible for the shortcomings that I perceived.

Lyle Stafford/The Globe and Mail. The dilemmas of our time, or the specific problem of "What Is to Become of Us?" preoccupy Coupland in his newest work, Player One, a Novel in Five Hours

Lyle Stafford/The Globe and Mail. The dilemmas of our time, or the specific problem of "What Is to Become of Us?" preoccupy Coupland in his newest work, Player One, a Novel in Five Hours. Five hours? The Giller long-listed novel is Coupland's answer to being invited to deliver this year's Massey Lectures, usually offered up as a five hour-long lectures, sometimes by novelists such as Margaret Atwood and Thomas King. Instead of traditional lectures, Coupland offers fiction, which it's tempting to imagine him intoning as one reads. Story continues below advertisement.

Player One is Douglas Coupland at his finest. Player One reminds us how lucky we are to have Coupland as our tour guide to this brave new world. Funny and touching, the novel both critiques and embraces the strangest behaviours of the early 21st century, from Internet dating to self-help gurus. Included at the back of the novel is a series of definitions to help us negotiate our new and changing world; just as Coupland coined terms like McJob for the reality of the early nineties in Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, he now gives us terms like ‘memesphere’ (‘the realm of culturally tangible ideas’ ) for the dawn of the 21st.

Player One: What Is to Become of Us (CBC Massey Lectures). International bestselling author Douglas Coupland delivers a real-time, five-hour story set in an airport cocktail lounge during a global disaster. Pregnant and secretly married, Cheryl Anway scribbles what becomes her last will and testament on a school binder shortly before a rampaging trio of misfit classmates gun her down in a high school cafeteria. Overrun with paranoia, teenage angst, and religious zeal in the massacre's wake, this sleepy suburban neighborhood declares its saints, brands its demons, and moves on.

This is 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 bartender; 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 end. In the tradition of Kurt Vonnegut and J.G. Ballard, Coupland explores the modern crises of time, human identity, society, religion and the afterlife. The book asks as many questions 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.

Comments:

AGAD
...and this is not a review.

It can't be a review because my kindle progress bar tells me I'm,only 14% through the book. So what is this?

Its a perspective. And one with a pretty strong endorsement: buy the book or download the file or whatever it is that we do with media these days. If you've liked a single Coupland piece ever, you should get this too. Just. Do. It.

Coupland has long ago stopped giving us books; its now about experiences, about pivot points, about touchpoints and those parts of our lives we don't really choose yet make us what we are. Like coworkers or the parents of our kid's school mates, like a Tragically Hip album. We don't choose these things, they are just part of our life - like every new Coupland piece.

If you want to look at it as a book, of course you can. And even after 14% I can tell you its all here - the normal but abnormally introspective characters, the normal life that's been left behind, even the brilliantly innovative convention. Classic Coupland.

Go ahead, you know you want to.

Because this is not a book. And this is not a review.
Carrot
You can easily read this book in a few sittings, or probably all at once without too much trouble. It's an interesting enough story, although a few things are never very thoroughly explained since it's told entirely from the points of view of a few characters who can't see much of the events that are taking place around them.
Cala
Where will you be and who will you be with when THE CRISIS comes? We are taken into a scenario so unlikely that it becomes probable. Difficult to review without spoilers so a phrase on the cover: A Novel in Five Hours. I read a little slower than the author apparently but a novel in under eight hours ain't bad. A good read. A fairly easy read. An interesting read. Not necessarily a MUST READ but, if you have 5 - 8 hours, a worthy read.
Snowseeker
This by far is Coupland's best book since Microserfs and more on par with Life After God, but in novelization form. I have had a love/hate relationship with this author if you have read my past reviews, but this book just dazzled me from the first pages. The author seems to have taken his banal characters of the pass few novels and given them depth, emotion, and a state of mind that all of our (40's) generation can relate to.
It seems that all the quirkiness of Generation X has finally landed in reality while the youngest character in novel has seemingly landed with a thud into fantasy-land unable to cope with what the world has created for her.

The plot to the story is secondary as Coupland instead decides to focus on the flaws of growing older in an uncertain world destined to turn on itself just as the character turn on themselves for the choices they have made. This my friends is what a Coupland novel should be, a little part of his soul residing in each page. Bravo, Mr. Coupland. As always and maybe for the first time in awhile I eagerly await your next book.
Ygglune
I love Douglas Coupland, he has the wisest and sharpest pen I have seen in contemporary fiction. He analyzes our day to day like no one, his vision about contemporary life is always on point. Player One has everything! Incredibly entertaining, the words fly by and I didn't want it to end. The characters are awesome. Doug is the greatest.
Anarius
I've always loved Couplands books this one was a great read twist turns great Pop references like only Douglas Coupland can
Ballardana
I have read most of Coupland's work and find that it's almost laborsome for me to read and comprehend all the angles he throws at the reader, I enjoy his work dont get me wrong. Player One is not typical of this trend, In this novel Douglas writes way more punctually to the point and to the reader. Coupland takes many controversial issues today and brings them all to a crux at a major earth-shifting crisis in Player One.This novel is suspenseful, and contemplative of our modern culture. Just as always plays a major role in Couplands work; Societal trends. Makes you really stand back and look at how we treat each other and how we treat our home: Earth.
This is the Coupland's book. You cannot envision all future turns that are going to happen and the end is totally unpredictable. I do like Douglas style to philosophically discuss a lot of interesting problems and describe our internal feelings.

If you want to read something to think about your own life and your own feelings and get a lot of pleasure of reading, but this book -- you won't loose!

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