Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I guess I keep hoping for the best whenever I pick up a Douglas Coupland novel. I liked the early stuff, such as Generation X and Shampoo Planet, but then I hated most of the other stuff. Microserfs is the worst book I have ever read, and probably the worst book ever written. It perplexes me when I note that someone has awarded it 5 stars on Amazon.
I read Eleanor Rigby when it came out. I got an advance copy directly from Mr. Coupland. He signed it for me too. I hated it. I hate The Gum Thief too.
The book has no plot. There is a vague story with lots of his quirky pop culture references, but the book has little to keep one reading, except for the bizarre Glove Pond novel-within-a-novel sections. To me, this is the most interesting part of the book, and it goes nowhere after its dusty beginning, except for a meandering ending.
The only real plot event is one that is telegraphed early in the book, and it follows a clichéd trip to Europe device that is disappointing and not terribly interesting.
Of course, those of you love DC will love it. I will probably avoid Mr. Coupland from now on, but I still plan to finally visit Canoe Landing Park this summer.