Scott Fitzgerald envoi is the story of John Johnson, a maker of mega-selling trash flicks for teens, who falls ill, has a vision, and leaves Hollywood behind for the joys of dumpster diving in the Southwest; and Susan Colgate, a veteran of kiddie beauty pageants whose generous half-hour of sitcom fame has ended, and whose airliner takes a nosedive into a field in the Midwest, leaving her miraculously unharmed. They will find Coupland shallow, trendy, incoherent, sentimental, kitsch. I think I missed most of the main points of this book reading it as a teenager because I just took from it what applied to me and left the rest, I didn't even remember the second half of the book. I've read most of Coupland's other works and love his quirky characters and settings. The novel jumps back and forth in time, switching point of view of Susan and John and sometimes others , telling us what happened during their childhoods, their adulthoods, their disappearances and their reintroduction to society. Was this a metaphor for the anomie of the central characters? It's a fast, funny, smart look at the losers side of Hollywood, with mystery and a bit of romance.
Susan Colgate is an unbankable former tv star and child beauty pageant contender. The flashbacks have no temporal order. I've now read severl Coupland novels, and this is the only awful one I've stumbled across. Then I went back to it a few years later and liked it less, then reread it again a few years later and liked it even less, so I'm definitely not going to read it ever again in case I find that I actually hate it. The dominant one concerns a young woman called Susan, the Miss Wyoming of the title.
Книга, похожая на жидкость для мытья посуды в яркой упаковке: никакой питательности, но приятно пахнет яблоками и быстро заканчивается. It's a very wonderful and surreal story. I loved this book the first few times I read it. There is no rhyme or reason to the ordering of the story, but by the end a very clear picture has been drawn up and everything is explained. A downward spiraling Hollywood action hero John throws away all his possessions and hitch-hikes across the Western United States. First printing of 60,000; author tour.
As the story switches perspectives and carves out each surprise, you find yourself putting faith in the aforementioned human condition, and the odd little mission that this pair ultimately have set out to achieve. And yet, the book was full of the most captivating ideas. Remember how I hated Cumberland because I just couldn't care about anyone? The ending of Miss Wyoming is a perfect comment on a culture that owes far too much to Hollywood. Now it all just comes out of my head, and because it comes out of my head I think it's a bit more emotionally driven than artifactually or environmentally driven. Gary Marshall With the success of Generation X, Douglas Coupland found himself in the role of spokesman for a disaffected generation, documenting the ennui of twentysomethings in a world where even the most radical youth movements are quickly co-opted and commercialised by the mainstream. The characters are wonderfully written and the story-telling superb.
Most importantly, the end of the book feels like the beginning of something good. As a producer of high-adrenaline action flicks, he's led a decadent and dangerous life, purchasing his way through every conceivable variant of sex. The minor story concerns John, an evil Coke-monster Hollywood film producer of huge-budget action movies. It will be my last. Oh, and sole survivor of Flight 802. There's definitely a case of what I like to call 'Cayenne-pepper-in-everything-syndrome' going on here. Generation X, though cheesy, was fu.
Both have experienced early success but now find themselves in terminal career decline and with a host of personal problems. It of course doesn't help that Coupland's most famous book, Generation X, has a title that's been melted down for pop-culture scrap, and so by association it can feel like he and his work are dismissible as all sound-bitten and cutesy. And that's what gets my goat. I didn't really care about the characters and I wasn't that interested in the plot. Coupland has studied art and design in Vancouver, Canada, Milan, Italy and Sapporo, Japan. He wished he had told Doris about it-a single moment in Needles, California, months and months ago, facing west in the late afternoon.
А если цитировать параграфами, то и вовсе неплохо: - Я люблю сам зап Отчтено для книжного клуба. Shedding their self-made identities, each sets out on an uncharted course across the Gap-clogged, strip-mall landscape of Los Angeles, searching for the one thing, love, that neither has ever really known, but that they now think they just might, actually, desperately want. It is important to note that the characters in Miss Wyoming choose to be reborn and to take on these new identities. Even now, the website at coupland. And I went to all that trouble because I totally gave a shit! Does what Coupland does best - takes a bizarre scenario, peoples it with characters that at time threaten to be paper-thin, and from these unlikely ingredients creates something that says so much about the world we've created for ourselves. Hilarious, fast-paced and ultimately heart-wrenching, Miss Wyoming is about people who, after throwing off their self-made identities, begin the fearful search for a love that exposes all vulnerabilities. As a producer of high-adrenaline action flicks, he's led a decadent and dangerous life, purchasing his way through every conceivable variant of sex.
Susan, the sole survivor of a plane crash, scurries from the wreckage and is presumed dead. John is no less driven than Susan, and just as alienated. At first, I didn't really get drawn into the book as I like to when reading a book like this one. I need help right now. Простое, ясное и жизнерадостное повествование без всяких потайных смыслов.
Told in alternating points of view, it jumps from the past to the present as it tells about their pasts and how it brought them together. Despite their efforts to meet again, flashbacks, flashforwards, and sitcom misfortunes intervene. It's also very funny, but it never quite tips over into a full-on lark. In his earlier books, Coupland tried livening up his pages with wide margins, little drawings, fancy fonts. But I don't remember why.
I think partly because, as always seems to happen with Coupland's books, I read the description on the flap or the back and I do an internal eye-roll at all the Wackiness and Unlikeliness. As she walks away from the disaster virtually unscathed, Susan, too, decides to disappear. We have the website and the desks. Мне нравится смотреть, как история, начавшись с Нулевого года, сломя голову несется все дальше и дальше. The consumerism is very Bret Easton Ellis; the gizmology takes him close to Laurie Anderson; the relationship to Warhol and downtown Pop-ism has already been rehearsed. Instead, I simply read one chapter at a time and then put the book down.