On a snowy Friday night in , just hours after making love for the first time, Richard’s girlfriend, high school senior Karen Ann McNeil, falls. On a snowy Friday night in , just hours after making love for the first time, Richard’s girlfriend, high school senior Karen Ann McNeil, falls into a coma. Nicholas Lezard on Douglas Coupland’s best yet: Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland pp, Flamingo, £ Sat 14 Nov
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Girlfriend in a Comaby Douglas Coupland tells the story about a teenager named Richard and his girlfriend, Karen.
I find the overall concept for the novel to be quite intriguing; even so, I think how Coupland develops his ideas and concepts are ineffective and confusing. After seventeen years, Karen miraculously wakes up from her coma. Not only is this a rare case in society, but to add to that, Karen wakes up wit.
Not only is this a rare case in society, but to add to that, Karen wakes up with a premonition. The idea of human waking from a coma with a prophecy is extremely interesting. To me, this aspect is quite fascinating as a thought experiment; in other words, I think missing seventeen years of my life and waking up to a new world would be a mix of excitement and curiosity—what would I miss? On the contrary, I think that Coupland does not successfully develop his overall concept and idea.
Coupland creates a fragmented narrative; he attempts to use various genres but is unable to in an organized manner.
Girlfriend in a Coma
Firstly, he begins douglzs book using genres such as romance and melodrama. Suddenly, without seeming motivation, Coupland jumps to the genre of tragedy and soon after contrasts it with science fiction.
When Karen wakes up from her coma, she has a prophecy which is definitely an aspect of science fiction. Personally, I see no purpose in the use of the contrasting genres.
It makes the novel confusing in the sense that Coupland makes it hard to focus on certain aspects of the story. Coupland attempts to create progression for the characters but it is impossible because the dissimilar genres prevent me from enjoying the novel as a cohesive whole.
Although Coupland has various creative ideas, his refusal to use one consistent genre results in a poorly developed premise which in the beginning was interesting; however, by the end of the novel, just became frustrating and virtually incomprehensible. Overall, I believe that the negative definitely outweighed the positive.
The idea of the novel was initially interesting; nonetheless, the manner Coupland used to develop the novel is not efficient. The mixing of the genres prevented me from seeing a central theme.
This essentially made me feel like the novel was pointless. In the end, I truthfully can say that Coupland has wonderland innovative ideas, but I seriously do not recommend this book to anyone. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page.
Preview — Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland. What pictures of tomorrow could so disturb her that she would flee into a refuge of bottomless sleep? Why would she leave me? She only took a couple of valium washed down with a cocktail, but now she’s locked away in suspended animation, oblivious to the ‘What did Karen see that December night? She only took a couple of valium washed down with a cocktail, but now she’s locked away in suspended animation, oblivious to the passage of time.
What if she were to wake up decades later – a year-old girl in a distant future, a future where the world has gone dark? Paperbackpages. Published March 1st by ReganBooks first published January 1st Vancouver, British Columbia Canada.
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See 1 question about Girlfriend in a Coma…. Lists with This Book. Feb 23, Petra Eggs rated it liked it Shelves: This short novel was based on the usual dystopian world picture: The differences were that it starts with the pregnant girlfriend of a teenage boy, both part of a very sociable crowd of kids, falling into a coma. The group have to learn that having everything the electricity never went off will not make you happy, you have to find meaning in life yourself.
This is an explication of one of my favourite quotes, Human beings do not live forever This little group of people had included a boy who had died young, before the coma, and he was the go-between between the afterlife and the world with magical powers. This was reasonably good and sustained would have been unique and very interesting.
However, the author dropped the ball at this point and the ending was crap. If you aren’t going to read the book, here’s the ending: View all 16 comments. Here we go again Other than I fear that this book was a complete and utter waste of my precious time.
I am sure that there are many for whom this book is wonderful yet, for one, I cannot understand those plaudits nor the acclaim with which Douglas Coupland is held. The story [Was there a story there at all?
Who the hell were they? I personally didn’t get to know enough about any of the characters to care about them. At times I was unsure whether or not I had been transported to a parallel universe where all books were shallow, yet supposedly deep, self-mocking, yet pretentiously inspired with wit and contemporary humour Whilst in this dreamlike nightmare I turned to the cover and saw that the title read “Reader in a Coma” and realised that indeed this was the truth of the journey that I was undertaking.
I would not recommend this book to anyone Indeed I couldn’t wait to finish this book and throw it away. It really was that bad. View all 3 comments. Mar 22, Joanna rated it it was ok Shelves: The first half of this book was a really interesting and well-written novella about loss, grief, and loneliness and the rippling impact of tragedy.
I was even willing to suspend disbelief to allow the title character to against all odds wake from her coma after seventeen years. But then the book just went off the rails.
The “apocolypse” was overly preachy, simplistic, and just silly. I can hardly express how disappointed I was with the final pages or so. Without giving away too much plot, The first half of this book was a really interesting and well-written novella about loss, grief, and loneliness and the rippling impact of tragedy.
Without giving away too much plot, I’ll say that the very end was rather touching, but didn’t come close to making up for the utterly ridiculous sci-fi turn that the book took. Jul 31, Jojo rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I would like the three hours I spent reading this back.
View all 9 comments. I actually started this book two years ago while in New York City with my ex-boyfriend; oddly, it still smells like his apartment two years later. I read a third of it then when he was at work and it was too cold to venture outside and set it aside as things got busy and life got kind of serious for a while. I was done an hour and a half later. By the end of Girlfriend in a Coma, I was a bit teary and entirely hopeful for humanity as a whole. In a book about a group of aimless friends who fall apart after their friend goes into an inexplicable coma at 17, we see the end of the world.
The small, the magnificent, the screaming clarity of being alive, really alive. Aug 05, Brennan rated it it was amazing.
Is it because Coupland also lived in Japan and Hawai’i, makes himself crazy extrapolating what our current patterns of consumption will mean environmentally, or so shrewdly id’s, adores and impugns middle class suburban life and its children that make me love his writing? Dunno, but I do. I found the characters in this book fully realized, in some cases tremendously sensual, and in all cases talking about things that I am curious about. Their wistfulness is nearly visceral.
This book blew me awa Is it because Coupland also lived in Japan and Hawai’i, makes himself crazy extrapolating what our current patterns of consumption will mean environmentally, or so shrewdly id’s, adores and impugns middle class suburban life and its children that make me love his writing?
This book blew me away, again articulating what had been my intuited sense of my generation’s reality. I still choke up towards the end of Girlfriend in a Coma. If human beings had suddenly vanished a thousand years ago, the planet would have healed overnight with no damage We crossed the line.
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The only thing that can keep the planet turning smoothly now is human free will forged into effort. That’s why couplznd world has seemed so large in the past few years, and time so screwy.
It’s because the yirlfriend is now totally ours. These two stars are given only because of the nice and catchy beginning of the book. The rest just had me like “Why am I even reading this? Mar 01, Jen from Quebec: It was a combination of genres, and despite being written in or so, FELT very immediate. I have a lot more to say, but I am currently listening to an audiobook on my headphones and couglas it hard to write whilst listening to a different book at the same time!
I might have a ‘problem’ when it comes to my voracious reading