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Life After God
Life After God
Author: Douglas Coupland
We are the first generation raised without God. We are creatures with strong religious impulses, yet they have nowhere to flow in this world of malls and TV, Kraft dinners and jets. How do we cope with loneliness? Anxiety? The collapse of relationships? How do we reach the quiet, safe layer of our lives? In this compellingly innovative collecti...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780671874346
ISBN-10: 0671874349
Publication Date: 3/1/1995
Pages: 368
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 44 ratings
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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The first part was hard to get into, but the last part really got me thinking about life. The book has a melancholy tone and can feel like a downer.
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I liked his "All Families are Psychotic" but this is a collection of essays, not a novel. But the writing is still strong.
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From Library Journal
In his first collection of stories, the author of Generation X (St. Martin's, 1991) and Shampoo Planet ( LJ 8/92) seeks understanding in a world gone mad, a world in which the lack of any spiritual center hastens people's rapid descent into an entropic black hole. Coupland's characters are lost souls, wandering on widely divergent paths, all seeking to fill an aching void. His vivid depictions of life's greatest fears (including chilling vignettes about the bomb going off) remind us that human beings have the ultimate power to destroy but lack the moral fiber to end such a threat altogether. Throughout this striking, sometimes poignant, sometimes horrifying book, Coupland poses thought-provoking and troubling philosophical questions that will challenge readers. In "Gettysburg," a character thinks, "Imagine that I am drowning and I reach within myself to save that one memory which is me--what is it?" Illustrated by the author. Recommended for all libraries. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/1/93.
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Well, I like reading about things I've done, and Coupland and I have some connections, like staying at a flophouse on Granville Street, to a live-changing drive to Prince George (I live near Palm Springs, but that's another book.) However, I don't think he had much to say after Generation X, at least as of 1994. Everything in this book seemed rather shallow (which may be another thing I have in common with him).