Polaroids from the Dead

Polaroids from the Dead

by Douglas Coupland
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Polaroids from the Dead by Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland takes his sparkling literary talent in a new direction with this crackling collection of takes on life and death in North America — from his sweeping portrait of Grateful Dead culture to the deaths of Kurt Cobain, Marilyn Monroe and the middle class.

For years, Coupland's razor-sharp insights into what it means to be human in an age of technology have garnered the highest praise from fans and critics alike. At last, Coupland has assembled a wide variety of stories and personal "postcards" about pivotal people and places that have defined our modern lives. Polaroids from the Dead  is a skillful combination of stories, fact and fiction — keen outtakes on life in the late 20th century, exploring the recent past and a society obsessed with celebrity, crime and death. Princess Diana, Nicole Brown Simpson and Madonna are but some of the people scrutinized.

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ISBN-13: 9780060987213
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/28/1997
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 7.37(w) x 7.37(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Douglas Coupland is the author of twelve novels, including Generation X and Microserfs, and several works of nonfiction, including Polaroids from the Dead. He lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.

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Polaroids from the Dead 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It wasn't just about the Grateful Dead. It was about the people and the mentality surounding the Dead. I loved it
Guest More than 1 year ago
D.C. has enormous talent: one even could call him gifted. His prose style would make a great paradigm for classes on writing. The content seems to be important, but unfortunately D.C cannot get around his philosophy of life: 'Things Happen.:' We are just along for the ride. His keen observations are spot on. Does D.C. want to go beyond this juvenile philosophy? If he does, he will have to start reading Shakespeare, Keats, Dickens, and,in particular, The Great Gatsby. No, I'm not being pretentious or facetious.