Shampoo Planet: Shampoo Planet

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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.

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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.

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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671755065
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1993
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 501,936
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Coupland is Canadian, born on a Canadian Air Force base near Baden-Baden, Germany, in 1961. In 1965 his family moved to Vancouver, Canada, where he continues to live and work. Coupland has studied art and design in Vancouver, Canada, Milan, Italy and Sapporo, Japan. His first novel, Generation X, was published in March of 1991. Since then he has published eleven novels and several non-fiction books in 35 languages and most countries on earth. He has written and performed for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, England, and in 2001 resumed his practice as a visual artist, with exhibitions in spaces in North America, Europe, and Asia. 2006 marks the premiere of the feature film Everything's Gone Green, his first story written specifically for the screen and not adapted from any previous work. A TV series (13 one-hour episodes) based on his novel, "jPod" premiered on the CBC in January, 2008.

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  • Posted April 7, 2010

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    Well-captured spirit of the times

    If you like Coupland's other novels (Life After God, All Families Are Psychotic, Microserfs), you'll like Shampoo Planet and its fallible everyday characters thrust in weird, unexpected and outrageous situations. Shampoo Planet places a merciless mirror in front of us, matter-of-factly describing our follies and insanities through the lives and habits of its characters. As with most of Coupland's novels, in spite of the unlikely story line, the zeitgeist shines right through, captured in the anti-heroes that populate the book. A wandering storyline makes it a sometimes difficult read, but the questions it raises will be lingering in your mind long after you finish the last chapter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2003

    Easy to Talk About

    I had to prepare a book talk for a T.V. show at my high school and I just randomly picked up the coolest looking book I could, read it, and blabbed my heart out about it. This book was that cool looking book. It confronts all different types of conflicts that can occur to a teenager coming of age and both the youth and adults can relate because they are either experiencing it right now... or they remember it. It could drag sometimes (but i was in a hurry) , but I enjoyed it in the end. A nice hope for me that whacko kids can turn out all right. Yeah!

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