Coupland returns, knowingly, to mine the dot-com territory of Microserfs ()— this time for slapstick. Young Ethan Jarlewski works long hours. Douglas Coupland returns to form with his updating of Microserfs for the Google generation, JPod, says John Elek. Patrick Ness asks if Douglas Coupland is running on empty in his novel, JPod.

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If you’ve never read Coupland before, Read This. Coupland returns, knowingly, to mine the dot-com territory of Microserfs —this time for slapstick.

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Feb 06, Paul marked it as did-not-finish Shelves: Coupland novels tend to make me cry. For other uses, see JPod disambiguation. Perhaps Coupland’s last two novels didn’t sell as well as his earlier hits. Ethan Jarlewski is the novel’s main character and narratorwho spends more time involved with his work than with his dysfunctional family.

Not to say jPod is a bad book. One man wrote one of the best books I’ve ever read, and one of the worst. When JPod was first published init sounded interesting and I thought about buying it but it was in hardback and really expensive so instead I checked Microserfs and Girlfriend in a Coma out of the library. The casting is great and even the new stuff they added or changed. For God sakes he inserts himself into the book as a pretentious arrogant asshole that is hated at first by everybody in Jpod.

This was middle of the road as far as Coupland books go. Since I loved Microserfs, I have to disagree.

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If that’s the case, then I was right in feeling like my time was being wasted. On the other hand, many critics were frustrated and irritated by the book. I like how he is not just critical of the world surrounding Gen X and Millennial people like he was in Generation Xbut of these gene I enjoyed this book as I usually enjoy most of Coupland’s stuff.


It’s been a while since I’ve read this book, so we’ll see how well this goes. And the situations Ethan got into were hilarious. As the book progresses, you can’t help but shake your head at Coupland’s boldness and unashamedness in bending the rules of fiction, but the end product certainly justifies the means, if I can say that without making any greater philosophical statement.

He is the author of Eleanor RigbyHey Nostradamus! My usual enjoyment of a book lies in how much I miss it after the final page.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. JPodDouglas Coupland’s most acclaimed novel to date, is a cokpland joyride into today’s new breed of tech worker. A Novel Douglas Coupland Limited preview – Feels undeniably like a step backwards. My library Help Advanced Book Search. The JPodders, upset that they would not be able to finish their game, decide to sabotage SpriteQuest by inserting a deranged Ronald McDonald.

So there it is. JPod ‘s universe is amoral, shameless, and dizzyingly fast-paced like our own. He became a watered down version of his former self with each new book published, not unlike the de-evolution of sitcom characters who become caricatures of their original concept, left with only the qualities most praised by jpkd masses.

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Admittedly some of them are pretty close to the mark. Eventually, of course, he did end up realizing what to do, which in a nutshell was to make his stories a lot weirder and darker see Generation A and Player Onefor example ; but here where he was still floundering with it all, jPod feels very much like a Coupland simply waiting with boredom for the high-profile MTV shorts offer that were guaranteed to come with any earlys project of his and indeed, jPod itself got made into a episode show for Canadian television, with a novel that feels very much like a quickly done afterthought to that show instead of the other way around.


Also check out the TV series based on the book at www. But compared to Eleanor Rigby? It’s just a piece that didn’t work for me on every level. The co-workers are neatly delineated in biographies across pages 29 to 34, which is handy because they’re so fading I kept having to refer back to see who they were. Because it was an undeniably enjoyable read and there was literally not a chapter which didn’t make me laugh out loud.

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I watched 2 episodes of the short lived Canadian TV show and finding it just as good if not better than the book. This book is full of self-absorbed pretension. This literary genre is defined by a three-part division consisting of different styles and lacking definitive structure.

Coupland is mentioned as being “possibly the most gifted exegete of North American mass culture writing today”, with JPod being “his strongest, best-observed novel since Microserfs.

The jPodders wage daily battle against the demands of a boneheaded marketing staff, who daily torture employees with idiotic changes to already idiotic games. This is couplad pretty funny book about being a computer programmer with family problems. I could see the carbon dioxide pumping in and out of everyone’s nose and mouth – it was purple.