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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2002

    Life After Coupland

    I am an avid (hence a bit of a persnickity) reader, and rarely if ever do I toss around terms like 'life changing' or 'brilliant', but I cannot comment on this book without using both exaltations, and many, many more that would never fit into this brief review. Coupland is not for everyone, and I find that older friends of mine can't relate to his particular themes of pathos, loss, searching for redemption, and in this case, something to fill the void that the loss of 'God', or something like it, has left in many lives; but perhaps because I am a member of Generation X, have felt the joy and grief of falling in and out of love, and often lament the mistakes and wistfully remember the days of my youth, I found his stories painfully beautiful. His writing style is at times sparse, and yet he can fill a simple sentence with a jaw-dropping elegance and poignancy I've rarely, if ever, encountered. I've given inumerable copies fo this work of art as gifts, and will continue to do so as long as the recipients are as blown away by it as they have been thusfar -- they generally end up buying it for others. I've read all of Doug's books, but none are as compulsively readable and overflowing with depth as this one. It's a classic. Buy it now. Trust me. You'll thank me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2000

    A classic in its own time

    I have given away four copies of this book, but I am always sure to keep at least two on hand at all times. Coupland has once again cornered my life between the pages of yet another book. I consider him to be one of the greatest authors of our time, and this to be his finest work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2000

    why I love this book

    why I love this book, which is definately couplands best: it is a book which I can (and did) read over and over again and still find new passages, that make me think about them. it is a book, that you can pull out off your shelve, open any page you want to and start reading for a while. it is like a bible for someone like me who does not believe in god (and actually never missed it). and it is a book, which is perfekt as a present. read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2000

    The 2nd Best Book I've Ever Read

    Reading Life After God is like reading an autobiography of yourself. With each of the short stories, a voice in your head nods and says, 'yes, it was just like that for me, too.' Probably the best of the Gen-X writers, this is undoubtedly the best of Coupland's novels. The characters are all struggling to discover what God is in their own lives and how he manifests themselves to them after a loss of faith in traditional religions. Unlike similar books, however, Life After God is not a mean spirited diatribe against the religious. It's about putting the past behind you, and finding God in a vagrant beggar in the desert, or a child's bedtime story, or a person who looks just like your long lost sister. If you're struggling with a loss of faith in your own religion (as so many of us in our twenties are), or if you don't believe in God but want to believe in something to fill the void, or if you love your faith but would enjoy looking at it with an exciting new perspective, read this book. But don't read it all at once. Put it in your purse, pocket, or glove compartment. Read a little on the bus, on your lunchbreak, while having a cigarette, or waiting for the computer to boot. You'll enjoy it more that way

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2000

    Not Your Average 'X'...Y...or Z

    No, some Couplandites will not like this book because they will be reminded a little too easily what they could have been thinking yesterday and didn't get around to writing down themselves. But LIFE AFTER GOD is a testament remedying how far we have come into stream of consciousness prose, all the while supplementing the abstracts with something very real, very thought-provoking (a cliche, I know), without being exactly sentimental as I am being now. I suspect the only gripe about Coupland's psych-philosophical efforts will be that the book is a little 'too' ordinary. I predict lots of 'I could have done that's,' which are easier said than done. I really was beginning 'to feel like a person inside a story,' Mr. Coupland...yet again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 1999

    my favorite book

    okay....i have probably read this 7 or 8 times now...in a couple words, 'life changing'. coupland more than any other author puts the unspeakable into words....

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