This nicely balanced collection of 20 stories--most of them familiar--from the past 15 years was a Literary Guild selection in cloth.
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Still a cultural pulse-taker, Coupland (Generation X, 1991) organizes his hip bromides and next-wave sententiousness into a rather humdrum narrative that's long on posturing, short on plot. Laughing at disaster, Coupland's post-post-baby-boomers rationalize the culture of constant change, self-reinvention, and immediate gratification. Tyler Johnson, the 20-year-old narrator whose ``memories begin with Ronald Reagan,'' is an apocalyptic entrepreneur, a hotel-motel studies major who believes wholeheartedly in a boundless future, one he hopes to see as an employee for a northwestern conglomerate presided over by his personal hero, the CEO author of Life at the Top. A smart and glib media savant, Tyler speaks ``telethon-ese'' with his girlfriend and dubs his room at home the ``modernarium.'' His mother, Jasmine, a hippie with armpit hair and a ``predilection for substance enthusiasts,'' represents everything that was wrong (in Tyler's view) about the Sixties. His grandparents, on the other hand, hoard their wealth and greedily pursue their pyramid sales scheme, marketing a cat food ``system.'' Meanwhile, Tyler's summer fling in Paris comes to haunt him. The haughty and selfish Stephanie, one of the ``low-ambition Euro-teens'' he met on vacation, convinces him to move to L.A. with her in pursuit of fame and riches. Their adventures on the road include a visit to the commune where Tyler was born and a nightmarish stay at his father's drug farm. In L.A., Tyler works a fast-food ``McJob,'' while Stephanie secretly finds a sugar-daddy. Chastened by his low-life in la-la-land, Tyler returns home, rewarded with a dream job and a happier family. This TV/computer/video-savvy fiction is a frank celebration of life as a series of theme parks. Coupland's social commentary is, at its worst, fortune-cookie profound and, at best, a gloss on the Zeitgeist. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Generation X was a slow read and a cinematic one. You wallowed in it. It packed a punch as history and metaphor both. Read morePublished on April 16, 2013 by Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso'
This book was horrible. The writing made my skin crawl, not only that it made me disgusted that things like that even get published. Read morePublished on January 16, 2012 by Tobinmc
I read shampoo planet in my for my collage class. i thought it was a pretty odd book.it was about a single mom that was a hippie and was very out there. Read morePublished on December 6, 2011 by Ryan
Being a fan of Couplands other novels I pretty much expected for this to be along the same lines, it was but thats a good thing.Published on August 13, 2011 by Caleb
I read this book at the time it came out and can vouch for it being a pretty good, though slightly exaggerated, slice of early 1990's culture. Read morePublished on March 26, 2010 by Privacy, Please
Douglas Coupland made his biggest mark on literature with "Generation X," a witty satire on the jaded "Gen-Xers. Read morePublished on October 20, 2005 by EA Solinas
I found this book to be completely hilarious. Probably because I was able to relate to the madness. This book simply solidified my love for Coupland. Read morePublished on September 27, 2005 by Maggie Tulliver
I would put "Shampoo Planet" in the same category as Wells' "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" and Flagg's "Fried green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe". Read morePublished on June 2, 2005 by reader
This is a very fine multi-generational tour with the junior college crowd in the town of Lancaster, Wa., with stops in Paris, Vancouver, and LA. Read morePublished on May 3, 2004 by Hans Castorp