Shampoo Planet: Shampoo Planet by Douglas CouplandShampoo Planet: Shampoo Planet by Douglas Coupland

Shampoo Planet: Shampoo Planet

byDouglas Coupland

Paperback | May 1, 1993

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Shampoo Planet is the rich and dazzling point where two worlds collide -- those of 1960s parents and their 1990s offspring, "Global Teens." Raised in a hippie commune, Tyler Johnson is an ambitious twenty-year-old Reagan youth, living in a decaying northwest city and aspiring to a career with the corporation whose offices his mother once firebombed.
This six-month chronicle of Tyler's life takes us to Paris and the ongoing party beside Jim Morrison's grave, to a wild island in British Columbia, the freak-filled redwood forests of northern California, a cheesy Hollywood, ultra-modern Seattle, and finally back home. On the way we meet a constellation of characters, among them: Jasmine, Tyler's Woodstock mom; Dan, his land-developer stepfather; "Princess Stephanie," Tyler's European summer fling; and Anna Louise, his post-feminist girlfriend with an eating disorder.
Tyler's dizzying journey into the contemporary psyche -- a voyage full of rock videos, toxic waste, french-fry computers, and clear-cut forests -- is a spellbinding signature novel for a generation coming of age as the millennium comes to a close.
Douglas Coupland was born December 30, 1961 on a Canadian military base in Baden-Soellingen, Germany. He attended Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver in 1984 and he completed a two-year course in Japanese business science in Hawaii in 1986. His career has consisted of writing, sculpting, and editing and he also hosted The...
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Title:Shampoo Planet: Shampoo PlanetFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:May 1, 1993Publisher:Washington Square Press

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ISBN - 10:0671755064

ISBN - 13:9780671755065

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book! this is a great book! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Whoosh! I go into anaphylactic shock and am dead: A review of Douglas Coupland's Shampoo Planet I read Shampoo Planet (1992) with the same interest as Generation X. Coupland is a terrific satirist and this novel will be enjoyed with the same verve as those who have already glanced at his “tales for an accelerated culture.” Like many of Coupland’s novels this one is kind of romantic, a bit cynical, somewhat melancholy yet cheerfully buoyant. In other words, a very digestible and entertaining read for the hopeful yet disillusioned. * * * Fight Club tie-ins . . . (the reason I read through Coupland’s earlier works): The lead character’s name is Tyler. Tyler is obsessed with shampoo, i.e. soap. “Well, I think to myself, fatherless again” (4). “If you ever have a free moment, you might consider checking out the travel brochures for the town in which you live. You might be amazed. You might not want to live there anymore” (9). “You shouldn’t be so afraid of being poor, Tyler,” says Jasmine. “You’ll only call poverty onto yourself by running awa from it” (26). “Meeting Anna-Louise was like finding a stranger’s shopping list on the mall floor and realizing there are other, more interesting diets than your own. It was the first time I ever felt incomplete” (29). “You feel like you’re all potential, waiting to be rewritten, like a crisp, blank sheet of 8 ½-by-11-inch white bond paper. There is no past” (30). “I think of how the person who needs the other person the least in a relationship is the stronger member” (53). “I think of myself being global. I see myself participating in global activities: sitting in jets, talking to machines, eating small geometric foods, and voting over the phone. I like these ideas” (56). “He’s become a pod person: functioning but without a soul” (61). "I think of a crashing 747, of a thousand oxygen masks descending from the ceiling" (155). More of the same follows . . . I’ll stop here . . . but will recommend that you check out p. 290 for a rather obvious overlap, almost word for word.
Date published: 2008-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible book. I loved it. No doubt my favourite book.
Date published: 2008-06-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from easily forgotten If you're looking for a book that you are unable to put down because you can't wait to find out what's going to happen next?... I wouldn't recommend Shampoo Planet. I found it a little dull... it wasn't completely boring, I did somewhat enjoy it at the time... but it's one of those books that you quickly forget.
Date published: 2008-04-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quirky, but weird Tyler is a hotel management college student that lives in a small town in Washington. His mom is a hippie with bad taste in men, his sister doesn't do much with his life, and his girlfriend is anorexic. When Tyler comes back from his European trip, he tries to forget that part of his life, including his run in with a French girl, Stephanie. But when Stephanie calls and says she's coming to the USA, Tyler can't hide from his two worlds coming together. Like any Coupland book, this story is more about people and relationships than about events. I didn't find the characters in this novel as weird as previous Coupland novels that I've read, and for this I was thankful. Coupland keeps these characters weird, but not to the point where you can no longer relate to them. Not my favourite Coupland book, but definitely not my least favourite either!
Date published: 2008-04-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from boring I started this book with a good attitude, but was very disappointed. I hope this is not representative of his writing. Incredibly boring. The characters were either unrealistically flat or unlikeable. I am not much younger than the protagonistic; yet, I could not identify with any of the themes.
Date published: 2008-01-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not one of my favorites I have just recently discovered Douglas Coupland. I've read five of this books so far - Hey, Nostradamus! being the first. I've been hooked ever since. Each of the books i've read took me less than two days to finish... except for Shampoo Planet. I just could not get into the characters or the story (and believe me, I tried). I even read another book while reading this one! I did finish the book, however, it did take me close to a month to read. Sadly, i was glad to be done with it. Douglas Coupland is a great, great author. I highly recommend "Hey, Nostradamus!", "Girlfriend in a coma", "All families are psychotic", and "Elenor Rigby".
Date published: 2006-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shampoo Planet, Superior. This novel is one of Coupland's finest. Others that are similar and also enjoyed and highly reccomend: Generation X and Life After God. Girlfriend in A Coma, however, is not reccomend. This novel is key for readers who enjoy a comical yet highly metaphorical novel. Shampoo Planet makes the reader think, it relates to them and they are enabled to feel the characters emotions. Extremely interesting themes. A mirroring plot to Coupland's other novels. A very easy yet exceptional read. Shampoo Planet is yet another masterpiece written by Douglas Coupland which will be enjoyed for many years, by many generations
Date published: 2005-04-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring This just wasn't a book for me. Too much character not enough plot. I found that the majority of what I was reading did not feel significant and was boring.
Date published: 2005-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wash and Go I think, this is Dougy's best book. Sure GenX was great.. but there were stinkers along the way, notably Girlfriend.. Either way, with all the applause towards Microserfs, Shampoo really doesn't get the credit it deserves. This one is full of trademark Coupland stylings.. and the characters are a little more universal and likeable, IMO
Date published: 2000-06-13

From Our Editors

From the author of Generation X comes a visionary first novel about today's 20-something generation and their baby boom parents. A 20-year-old, tree-hugging Reagan youth with a "shampoo museum" in his bathroom deals with love and loss and forges a much-needed style of common sense for life

Editorial Reviews

Playboy ...the witty humor, vulnerable uncertainty, and self-deprecating honesty of his narrator...makes Coupland's novel so exceptional.