Life after God

Life after God

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Overview

We are the first generation raised without God. We are creatures with strong religious impulses, yet they have nowhere to flow in this world of malls and TV, Kraft dinners and jets. How do we cope with loneliness? Anxiety? The collapse of relationships?
How do we reach the quiet, safe layer of our lives? In this compellingly innovative collection of stories, bestselling author Douglas Coupland responds to these themes. Cutting through the hype of modern living to find a rare grace amid our lives, he uncovers a new kind of truth for a culture stuck on fast-forward. A culture seemingly beyond God.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671874346
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Publication date: 03/01/1995
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 4.56(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Douglas Coupland is Canadian, born on a Canadian Air Force base near Baden-Baden, Germany, in 1961. In 1965 his family moved to Vancouver, Canada, where he continues to live and work. Coupland has studied art and design in Vancouver, Canada, Milan, Italy and Sapporo, Japan. His first novel, Generation X, was published in March of 1991. Since then he has published eleven novels and several non-fiction books in 35 languages and most countries on earth. He has written and performed for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, England, and in 2001 resumed his practice as a visual artist, with exhibitions in spaces in North America, Europe, and Asia. 2006 marks the premiere of the feature film Everything's Gone Green, his first story written specifically for the screen and not adapted from any previous work. A TV series (13 one-hour episodes) based on his novel, "jPod" premiered on the CBC in January, 2008.

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Will Blythe Esquire A revelation...Coupland's most accomplished fiction to date...suffused with a mystery and regret unique in his work.

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Life After God 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Djupstrom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really like Douglas Coupland. He is considered the writer of Generation X. This book was more a collection of semi-autobiographical intertwined essays (think David Sedaris set in Canada) than a true collection of fiction. While this was not my favorite thing that Coupland has written, it is well worth the read.
JT8 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was given this book as a gift during a rough period in my life having just finished high school. Im not sure exactly what this book is about other than it's main character often reflections on where he is now based on where he has been and the daily struggle to get by in life with those decisions are made already.The book isnt religious dispite the title..and the last chapter I thought was very good.Be warned though, if you were to pick up Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis today, the way Douglas Coupland writes about pop culture makes the book feel very dated, but still a great book, and a easy read if your feeling like your life is in a rut. It wont give you answers, but misery loves company.
shawnd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books ever. I did read it while somewhat depressed; it touched me so much. The story about a man as father did not reach me specifically other than the raw emotion. I should read it again now that I am a father. This is more raw Coupland than appears in MicroSerfs and some of his later books - although still set in the Northwest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't read the accounts of the characters in this book without comparing them to your own experiences and contemplate how they shaped your beliefs. This book will make you think, laugh, and nod your head in understanding...all within 110 pages.
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I am an avid (hence a bit of a persnickity) reader, and rarely if ever do I toss around terms like 'life changing' or 'brilliant', but I cannot comment on this book without using both exaltations, and many, many more that would never fit into this brief review. Coupland is not for everyone, and I find that older friends of mine can't relate to his particular themes of pathos, loss, searching for redemption, and in this case, something to fill the void that the loss of 'God', or something like it, has left in many lives; but perhaps because I am a member of Generation X, have felt the joy and grief of falling in and out of love, and often lament the mistakes and wistfully remember the days of my youth, I found his stories painfully beautiful. His writing style is at times sparse, and yet he can fill a simple sentence with a jaw-dropping elegance and poignancy I've rarely, if ever, encountered. I've given inumerable copies fo this work of art as gifts, and will continue to do so as long as the recipients are as blown away by it as they have been thusfar -- they generally end up buying it for others. I've read all of Doug's books, but none are as compulsively readable and overflowing with depth as this one. It's a classic. Buy it now. Trust me. You'll thank me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have given away four copies of this book, but I am always sure to keep at least two on hand at all times. Coupland has once again cornered my life between the pages of yet another book. I consider him to be one of the greatest authors of our time, and this to be his finest work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
why I love this book, which is definately couplands best: it is a book which I can (and did) read over and over again and still find new passages, that make me think about them. it is a book, that you can pull out off your shelve, open any page you want to and start reading for a while. it is like a bible for someone like me who does not believe in god (and actually never missed it). and it is a book, which is perfekt as a present. read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading Life After God is like reading an autobiography of yourself. With each of the short stories, a voice in your head nods and says, 'yes, it was just like that for me, too.' Probably the best of the Gen-X writers, this is undoubtedly the best of Coupland's novels. The characters are all struggling to discover what God is in their own lives and how he manifests themselves to them after a loss of faith in traditional religions. Unlike similar books, however, Life After God is not a mean spirited diatribe against the religious. It's about putting the past behind you, and finding God in a vagrant beggar in the desert, or a child's bedtime story, or a person who looks just like your long lost sister. If you're struggling with a loss of faith in your own religion (as so many of us in our twenties are), or if you don't believe in God but want to believe in something to fill the void, or if you love your faith but would enjoy looking at it with an exciting new perspective, read this book. But don't read it all at once. Put it in your purse, pocket, or glove compartment. Read a little on the bus, on your lunchbreak, while having a cigarette, or waiting for the computer to boot. You'll enjoy it more that way
Guest More than 1 year ago
No, some Couplandites will not like this book because they will be reminded a little too easily what they could have been thinking yesterday and didn't get around to writing down themselves. But LIFE AFTER GOD is a testament remedying how far we have come into stream of consciousness prose, all the while supplementing the abstracts with something very real, very thought-provoking (a cliche, I know), without being exactly sentimental as I am being now. I suspect the only gripe about Coupland's psych-philosophical efforts will be that the book is a little 'too' ordinary. I predict lots of 'I could have done that's,' which are easier said than done. I really was beginning 'to feel like a person inside a story,' Mr. Coupland...yet again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
okay....i have probably read this 7 or 8 times now...in a couple words, 'life changing'. coupland more than any other author puts the unspeakable into words....