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Player One: What Is to Become of Us

byDouglas Coupland

Paperback | September 25, 2010

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In his 2010 CBC Massey Lectures acclaimed novelist and visual artist Douglas Coupland explores the modern crises of time, human identity, society, religion and macroeconomics and the afterlife in the form of a novel, a 5-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.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.
Douglas Coupland is the international bestselling author of Generation X, and eleven other novels, including The Gum Thief, Hey Nostradamus!, All Families Are Psychotic, and Generation A, which was a finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. His nonfiction books include Polaroids from the Dead, Terry: The Life of Terry Fox,...
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Title:Player One: What Is to Become of UsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5 × 1.27 inPublished:September 25, 2010Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it this book immediately feels like a Coupland novel, but still manages to be new and completely addictive
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ah Mr Coupland, I love you again. This book oozes a style only Coupland has mastered. His uncanny ability to see beauty and uniqueness in the most horrific and uncanny situations makes him a literary hero. This book is profound and interesting, and as always an interesting look into the idiosynchrocies that make us homan.
Date published: 2011-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from cow cowcow
Date published: 2010-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What is to become of us? It did come as a surprise that "Player One" by Canadian author Douglas Coupland was chosen to be the focal point of this year's CBC Massey Lectures since non-fiction had been the usual route. Yet, this fiction novel has plenty to offer when it comes to a serious discussion. The novel is set in an airport lounge where 5 different people are trapped within for 5 hours due to a global crisis. Coupland has his ideas well-organized into 5 chapters for every hour that goes by, with each chapter divided to present the narration from the 5 characters' point-of-view. Each of them introduced and represented a different theme, and threading these themes together is the concept of time, lost and to be gained. At times the storyline did come across a little far-fetched, and I wished Coupland had expanded more on the global disaster at the backdrop of the plot and shared thoughts on the crucial importance of it in today's society. However, the critiques provided on human identity, society, religion, and the afterlife were very enjoyable since he had some interesting opinions while adding his comedic wit to it. Although the ending was rather ambiguous, the contemporary content, writing and structure of this novel makes it a worthwhile read.
Date published: 2010-11-20

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"The way Coupland moulds his fiction from the throwaway debris of North American popular culture is quite brilliant..." - Scarlett Thomas, The Guardian"As always with Coupland, the ideas come thick and fast, they're quirky, often funny and frequently profound..." - John Harding, Daily Mail"packed full of ideas and always a joy to follow..." - Big Issue Scotland"Douglas Coupland takes readers on a captivating ride..." - Donna Harris, Winnipeg Free Press"...there is an odd tenderness to this novel, and it has to do with recapturing the sense of life as a story in a world of information overload and non-linear narratives." - The Guardian"...this is a superior read for those who want the latest thoughts from a nimble, complex author who thinks about this kind of stuff all the time..." - Kevin Walker, The Tampa Tribune""...an ease with the language of modernity that contemporary Great North American Novelists should envy... his Eeyorish pessimism, left-field humour and admirable ability to enunciate all of our halfformed thoughts raise this from a sterile dissertation on why modern life is rubbish into the realms of really great fiction."" - Katy Guest, The Independent""...an ease with the language of modernity that contemporary Great North American Novelists should envy... his Eeyorish pessimism, left-field humour and admirable ability to enunciate all of our halfformed thoughts raise this from a sterile dissertation on why modern life is rubbish into the realms of really great fiction."" - Katy Guest, The Independent"As Player One haunts the pages of this book, the ideas and inferences you read will haunt your mind every time you indulge in a modern day convenience, such as filling a vehicle up with gas, making this book a worthy read." - Sarah Purdy, The Silo