Douglas Coupland


Douglas Coupland's writing has meant more to me than any other writers'. I won't even lend his books to everyone; there's a screening process involved. His particular combination of social awareness, beautiful poetry as prose, and impressions of existence as an outcast are reserved solely for the like-natured. Read him! If you don't like what you read, don't tell anyone, as it surely reflects poorly on you.

>>By jeanqueen666   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:57)

Because of what you wrote I will be popping down the library to get one of D Coupland's books. It's good to see someone with passion for books like me.

>>By Gazza   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:57)

I have a colour aversion to the colour pink and, although I really want to, I can't find a copy of Generation X that is not pink. So I have not been able to read it. I will even have to leave this web site because it contains the colour pink. Sorry.

>>By Catherine   (Thursday, 30 Jan 2003 19:22)

Amazing writer, he paints a vivid picture with words like no one else. Like JeanQueen said, your feelings on Coupland say a lot about you as a person. My personal favorite book of his: currently Miss Wyoming, but only because that's the last one I read.

>>By PN&J   (Thursday, 13 Feb 2003 12:20)

Hey Nostradamus is phenomenal.

>>By Elizabeth   (Monday, 30 Jun 2003 19:43)

his books have shown me that we are all vulnerable in many of the same areas. that the truth of who we are is available to us. the man is a genius!! i am drawn to his books in the store...just seeing them there (even though they sit on my shelves at home) make me feel good, i know other people are reading them too.

>>By dess   (Friday, 18 Jul 2003 20:10)

I thoroughly enjoy everything I've read by D. Coupland.

My fave was 'Life After God'. Just some amazing insights there. It's not a consistent book, but the insights that are there are pretty deep.

The part about not understanding the Jesus people was especially well-done.

>>By Tik   (Monday, 21 Jul 2003 00:26)

I am writing a paper on Coupland, because I could choose any book I wanted and he is by far my favorite author. My problem is, none of my classmates or teachers have read any of his books, so I have no one to consult. I'm writing it on Shampoo Planet. If any of you guys is interested in reading it and helping me out, please write to me at
I haven't finished it yet...

>>By Ana   (Wednesday, 23 Jul 2003 15:07)

I'm still absorbing this book. It sent me on a spiral for a few days that i'm just pulling out of. Without getting all ecclesiastic, I want to know if anyone has a question they want answered. I'm interviewing him in a couple of weeks and will take a few questions from here to him. Then of course, will bring back a response.

>>By Sexibeast   (Friday, 29 Aug 2003 12:33)

I've read everything Coupland has published and each time I discover something new about the world, myself, the human condition. So many reviews make a big deal out of Coupland 'cataloguing the minutae of North American life', but his knack for observation is definitely not restricted to the US.
Apart from his ability to articulate complex western charachteristics Coupland writes damned good yarns. 'All Families are Psychotic' was so much fun and gripped me tighter than any thriller ever has. The descriptive prose in 'Life After God' was as a spark to my imagination, rendering stunning imagery I could never have known my mind was capable of. Girlfriend in a coma was deep deep down, like a manifesto for my generation that the author knows will never be followed.
I'm certain that, within just a few pages of any of his titles, you'll find myself captivated by the world he creates. His character's reveal so much of themselves to the reader and always seem to remind me of people I know. They're layer upon layer deep but Coupland can often sum them up in a scentence or two.
I can't say enough good things about Coupland... he's pure genius.


>>By The Dandy Assassin   (Thursday, 23 Oct 2003 14:33)

One of the most stunning writers I've ever discovered. His prose is absolutely beautiful and just gives you a warm feeling inside... life - changing stuff.

>>By alis   (Monday, 26 Jan 2004 17:36)

as i always say, douglas coupland is the greatest living author. most people just snicker or look at me blankly when i say that. if you haven't already heard, he's got a new one 'eleanor rigby' apparently coming out sometime this year, although i don't know when...the superfreakyfanatic in me may have to check ebay listings for advances...

like many things, i guess i'd have to say that the first book i read is my favorite since it made the biggest impression on me and made me an undying fan. that'd be 'generation x'. i was working in a library at the time and would read it on my breaks and would disturb all the staid middle-aged reference librarians in the breakroom with my uproarious laughter--i just couldn't help it!--and they'd scowl nastily.
but 'life after God' is up there too...his last few, while very good don't seem to stand up to those two for me, but i'd sooner read the poorest effort by coupland than the best effort by john grisham or whatever other hack happens to be on the nyt bestsellers list at the moment. not that 'hey nostradamus!' or 'all families or psychotic' were poor by any means.

anyway, if you haven't checked out his (non-literary) art, please do, it's ubercool, although sadly i've never had the chance to see it in reality, only on and in some magazines, etc.

(ok, i'll stop yammering...:)

>>By incongruity   (Sunday, 8 Feb 2004 07:33)

Douglas Coupland is an amazing writer that meshes philosophy, thought and real life into beautiful poetic literature. His books leave his readers thinking of life and the way they live it in a whole new way. D. Coupland's novels will change ones life for the better. :)

>>By Rosy_Politician   (Monday, 22 Nov 2004 04:27)

i just like stacking up his books by my pillow. to remember the person who introduced him to me. for some reason, douglas coupland's writing keeps me warm. a little more faith is restored each time i read him. he may sigh, but does not despair.

>>By   (Friday, 9 Jun 2006 16:54)

Douglas Coupland is a rare genius. His narrative is so engaging, he can make the mundane reality become enthralling like no other author I know. The last book I read was The Gum Thief. It was simple, no great plot twists, no great endings (sorry hope that doesn't spoil it). But somehow it was one of the most ingenious stories I have read in a long while.
I do not usually have favourites, different moods have different desires. But Coupland is probably my favourite author. His writing is witty, touching, winsome, like an old friend- you care about it and above all pithy.

>>By Piku   (Monday, 3 Mar 2008 00:00)

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