Shampoo Planet

Shampoo Planet

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by Douglas Coupland
     
 

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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," the generation after Generation X.

Tyler Johnson is a twenty-year-old MTV child. Once a baby raised in a hippie commune, he now sells fake Chanel T-shirts, collects shampoo and studies hotel/motel management in a

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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," the generation after Generation X.

Tyler Johnson is a twenty-year-old MTV child. Once a baby raised in a hippie commune, he now sells fake Chanel T-shirts, collects shampoo and studies hotel/motel management in a small northwest city saddled with a dying mega-mall and a collapsed nuclear industry. An ambitious Reagan Youth, Tyler dreams of escape and a career with the corporation whose offices his mother once firebombed.Tyler's soon-to-be-single mother is the fortysomething Jasmine, a "hippie chick" with a Woodstock heart full of love--but also full of confusion because her 1960s dream has turned sour. Burdened with two failed marriages, three kids at home, and job layoffs, Jasmine wonders if the 1960s dream alone can protect her from the 1990s. Shampoo Planet's six month chronicle of Tyler's life takes us from his Washington State hometown to the ongoing party beside Jim Morrison's Paris grave, to a wild island in British Columbia, to the freak-filled redwood forests of northern California, to a cheesy Hollywood, to ultramodern Seattle, and then back home. On the way we meet a constellation of other characters: Anna-Louise, Tyler's post-feminist girlfriend with an eating disorder; Neil, Tyler's Deadhead dope-ranching biological father; Daisy, his neo-hippie sister; Murray, her dreadlocked boyfriend; and Harmony, a rich computer hacker with a fetish for Star Trek and the medieval.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this offhandedly brilliant work, Coupland ( Generation X ) sympathetically presents young characters who are cynically at ease with the apocalypse. (May)
Margaret Flanagan
Coupland, the author of the critically acclaimed "Generation X", offers another humorous, poignant overview of the post-Baby Boomers. Tenuously poised between the fanciful 1960s idealism of his hippie mother and the crass materialism that characterized his formative years during the 1980s, Tyler Johnson, a 20-year-old firmly grounded in the pliant social and cultural milieu of the 1990s, attempts to forge a meaningful link between his past and his future. At the crossroads of his life, Tyler is at once both shallow and insightful; his engaging stream-of-consciousness narration provides a memorable account of his weird and wonderful spiritual odyssey. During the course of his revelatory psychological journey, Tyler introduces the reader to the delightful array of eccentrics that populates his life. Coupland displays a respectful affection for his truly original assortment of oddball characters and painstakingly maintains a delicate balance between the reasonable and the ridiculous. Contemporary self-discovery fiction at its finest.
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The New York Post An eye-catching prose style and a firm grip on the zeitgeist...Coupland's a brilliant wordsmith...

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517154731
Publisher:
Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/15/1995

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