Hey Nostradamus!

Kobo ebook | April 3, 2009

byDouglas Coupland

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Four people’s lives are set adrift in the wake of a high school shooting—three can’t escape the loneliness that plagues them, while a fourth races for oblivion, wondering what happened to God. Bristling with Douglas Coupland’s hallmark humor and cultural acuity, Hey Nostradamus! achieves new heights of poignancy and literary accomplishment.

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Four people’s lives are set adrift in the wake of a high school shooting—three can’t escape the loneliness that plagues them, while a fourth races for oblivion, wondering what happened to God. Bristling with Douglas Coupland’s hallmark humor and cultural acuity, Hey Nostradamus! achieves new heights of poignancy and literary accomplish...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:April 3, 2009Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307371409

ISBN - 13:9780307371409

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great Coupland novel Coupland's novels tend to either be ridiculously bizarre, or heartbreakingly real - this one made my heart ache and I love it for all that it made me consider, even if it was difficult subject matter.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Coupland at his finest! My all-time favourite Coupland book. This is Coupland at his finest!
Date published: 2011-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hey Coupland! With melancholy, wit and a lot of personality, Douglas Coupland has rendered another marvellous piece of literature. In Hey Nostradamus, we see the budding artist mature and tackle the task of writing multiple perspectives in narration and it works out brilliantly in his favour.Taking place in Vancouver, Coupland starts his novel with a school shooting in the cafeteria of Delbrook Senior High School in the year 1988. Four people over a span of 25 years are each affected by the trauma and the loneliness that ultimately follows. Divided into 4 parts, the plot flows smoothly from one narration to the next, each section representing a new narrator. Each narrator has their own voice, their own prose, and their own thoughts and memories are captured by a brilliant author.The first narrator Cheryl, an abiding Christian, faces oblivion in the beginning of the novel being a victim of the school shooting and often questions her ideals, her beliefs and her religion as she takes her last remaining breaths. “[Dear Lord] A massacre in a high school cafeteria can only indicate Your absence” she utters as she is dying and leaves behind a bloody binder which she wrote “GOD IS NOWHERE GOD IS NOW HERE.” Her words haunt her husband and fellow schoolmate, Jason, who is often accused of being a part of the adolescent team that shot his wife and is the second narrator in the novel. He narrates 10 years after the shooting and is often nostalgic and distant. His narration is quick and jumpy much like his personality. His thoughts often trouble and elude him from his potential; his past affects his ability to create a thriving future. “In the end, we are judged by our deeds, not our wishes. We’re the sum of our decisions.” In which, his decisions cause him to disappear leaving behind a girlfriend, Heather, the third narrator being stalked by a psychic. A stenographer by profession, her narration, in the form of a journal, is organized in thought as well as being articulate. She is left wondering where Jason disappeared to and is contacted by a psychic claiming to have telepathic messages sent to her from Jason. In the end she realized that she often attracts people of a lonely nature. “Did I unwittingly send out the sort of signals that attract desperate souls?” One of these desperate souls she attracted, while trying to find comfort for the disappearance of Jason was the 4th narrator, Jason’s father Reg. Reg writes in the form of a letter as well, tying up the novels loose ends and often jumping from 3rd person narration to 1st person. His confused and pleading form of writing is very much associated with his personality. He ends the novel beautifully. Each character has a sense of loss and yet they have a deep understanding of what it is to be a human, in touch with emotions and living off of memories in a culture and society moving forward while they are being left behind. Every character is relatable because every character is real; their emotions, their actions and their life can be found in any home in any city, regardless of the shooting. Everyone questions their beliefs and everyone feels a sense of loneliness, of loss. Coupland has written a novel of nostalgia on a subject often considered faux pas. With the recent shootings at Virginia Tech and here at home with Dawson in Montreal it’s important to see how one senseless act can affect the lives of dozens of people. Whether they are people who witnessed the shooting or those who interacted with the victims or even those who watched a broadcast of it on national television, everyone is affected. This novel clearly illustrates this point. Smart, witty, fantastic, Hey Nostradamus is a modern classic and a pop culture haven. Coupland never ceases to amaze me.
Date published: 2009-10-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Perspective! 4 perspectives, 1 author! Another unique novel by Mr. Douglas Coupland. This book illustrates four different human perspectives on a lifetime of situations. This twisted story of shootings, murders, marriage, religion and more is sure to please those with an open mind. Overall, I liked this book but would not call it Coupland's best.
Date published: 2009-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply written, but captivating story A school shooting in Vancouver, BC affects the lives of every single person involved and their families. Hey Nostradamus! focuses on Jason and his family. Jason's girlfriend was the last person shot in the massacre, just as he arrives in the cafeteria. She dies in his arms and he is deeply affected by this throughout his entire life. Furthermore, his family life is in shambles. His dad's only contributions to the family are through preachy sermons on how God wants people to live life, his mother is a drunk, and his brother is the perfect son. The book is split into four sections, each narrated by a character affected by the massacre. A little more is explained in each section about how the shooting has affected those involved and Jason's family. The characters are realistic, yet confusing because at first you aren't quite sure what their intentions are. Despite my love for Coupland's book Microserfs which is a nerdy comedy, I think that this book is Coupland's best. Coupland takes a grave subject, one that everyone can relate to feeling emotionsalwhen seeing similar stories on tv, and shows how deep and wide the sorrow can spread. Yet the entire time you expect that there is something Coupland isn't telling you, which makes this book a page turner. If you have read Coupland before and not enjoyed it, don't be deterred from reading this book. It's not like any of Coupland's other works.
Date published: 2008-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from left me wanting more School shootings - Douglas Coupland did not shy away from the subject. Instead, he goes on to write a story of during and after a shooting through the eyes of a girl, her boyfriend, his father, and a future girlfriend. Anger, despair, hopelessness and everything in between. Every other page is moving and it left me wanting more.
Date published: 2008-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great book. Really interesting. You get to see the effects of death from so many angles.
Date published: 2008-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gripping Coupland stays true to his writing style in this gripping novel. He challenges the goodness of humanity and the role of spirituality and religion in the aftermath of a terrible tragedy. Although the story weaves in and out of unfortunate life events, there is an ever-present sense of humour and clarity of the human condition. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2008-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hey Great Book! Upon reading the first few pages of this book, I had no idea what to expect... and the more I read, the more I had no idea what would follow... it kept me intrigued yet satisfied the entire way through. It's an interesting book dealing with life, death, religion, and chaos. Definitely some of Coupland's best work, and I loved it... a personal favorite. :)
Date published: 2008-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone needs to read this!! I devoured this book. I couldn't put it down and the more and more I read the more I did not want to. It was touching and insightful without preaching to the reader. Introduce yourself to Douglas Coupland!!
Date published: 2007-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing... This book is so realistic its unbeilevable, you feel as if your a character in the book, as if your student in the school, like your actually facing a life or death situation. The authors shows how the others coped with the aftermath of this horrific event...and that you cannot just forget about something like this. Espeacially once you have actually gone throught something quite similar.
Date published: 2007-01-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Surprisingly forgettable I found this book primarily perplexing. It's about a few decades worth of fallout from a high school shooting, way before Columbine... It's about religion and faith and family and coping and relating to the world. And it's about love, because most things are, when you get down to it. That said, there was something I found a bit confusing about it somehow. I couldn't connect, exactly, to its emotional core. Was I supposed to? With Coupland, it's hard to tell. It was an interesting story, one I read in mostly one shot... so obviously the writing was good... but I'm puzzled about it. I don't know how I feel... It might be, ultimately, forgettable... Huh.
Date published: 2006-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! A shocking insight into the human condition. Very well written and gripping all the way through. You become so involved in the characters that you feel what they feel. Douglas Coupland at his best.
Date published: 2006-06-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from politics vs. religion I found the beginning of the book confusing, possibly because of the different narrators? maybe?
Date published: 2006-05-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Average A good start and told from an unconventional angle most of the way through. But the only problem with this otherwise interesting story that is gripping for more reasons than just the sheer reality of it, is that it is told by four characters. The main character, his girflriend, his father, and his new girlfriend. So after hearing the same story two or three times it's gotten old.
Date published: 2006-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from hey nostradamus I think this book was a really good read. The first paragraph was already really insightful and sucked me right in. I think that Douglas Coupland does a really good job in portraying the feelings, thoughts, and characterization of each of the 4 narrators as well as their surroundings. If you are looking for a good read this summer, this is it! Hey Nostradamus! really did it for me and I am looking forward to buying more of Coupland's books. =)
Date published: 2005-07-01