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 Coma. In addition, they girlfrind be re-united with their old lives with the catch that Karen has to go back and remain in a coma whilst the rest of them have to dedicate their lives to preaching in the streets to never stop asking questions: I have a lot more to say, but I am currently listening to an audiobook on my headphones and find it hard to write whilst listening to a different book at the same time!

Karen’s full name is Karen Ann McNeil and the circumstances of her lapse into a coma are similar to those in the famous Karen Ann Quinlan case. Anyway, I got this at the Brokelyn Book Swap last couppand and I can’t pick it up without the Smiths song digging into my head, which is fine now but will probably get really old really fast.

In lateCoupland was touring for Microserfs throughout Europe. Share your thoughts with other customers. Then, suddenly, the world ends. Is this feature helpful? Karen goes into a year-coma, and wakes up to find her boyfriend still waiting and a daughter.

Though, in a sudden turn of events they are thrown into chaos when Karen after having visions of an apocalyptic futurefalls into a coma for seventeen years. Irritating in a manner surpassed only by the inanity of All Families Are Psychotic.

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Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Girlfriend in a Coma starts off strange–then gets stranger, culminating in the end of the world.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Coupland girlffriend much of the story during the end of the world, but it’s not about the end of the world so much as it’s about the characters.


Several end up working on a television series that bears a suspicious resemblance to The X-Files surely a self-referential wink on the author’s part. Girlfriend in a Coma was my first taste of Canadian author Douglas Coupland’s work, and I must admit that I selected it just for its title, being a huge fan of The Smiths.

Karen, fouglas attractive, popular student, goes into a coma one night in Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Print Hardback and Paperback. The characters have to deal with the end of the world as predicted by Karen in her coma. After reading the ‘other’ books by Coupland it is impossible to say he’s only got talent. Read more Read less. BBC Radio 3 broadcast an adaptation of the novel as part of its “Drama on 3” strand on 24 February In his s moved to Vancouver, Canada, where he continues to live and work.

But real life grows as surreal as their TV show as Richard and his friends await Karen’s reawakening.

I will still continue to read his work though because there was a lot to like in this book. See 1 question about Girlfriend in a Coma…. The small, the magnificent, the screaming clarity of being alive, really alive.

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. Webarchive template wayback links Pages to import images to Wikidata.

The book is divided into three parts. The dialogue was far too American or Canadian? During those seventeen years the rest of the group – except Richard Karen’s Boyfriendthough unnerved by the event, eventually realise they have no choice but to carry on their lives without Karen.

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? 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?

And if you’ve read GenX, you’ll notice some parallels with some of the characters Hamilton equals Dag, Richard equals Andy, and Pam equals Clairebut all-in-all the story is pretty good. Only hours after losing her virginity, Karen loses consciousness as well–for almost two decades.


And the second reading is even more fun than the first.

Girlfriend in a Coma – Douglas Coupland : Summary – Girlfriend in a Coma

This is a worthy message. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Reading the end of this book, there’s a scene where a major character is describing how the rest of the main characters should be.

Having three books already published on Kindle I think I know what I’m talking about. And two points for Coupland for the Morrissey, the Smiths, and X-files references. 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. Read reviews that mention girlfriend in a coma douglas coupland high school life after god shampoo planet end of the world smiths song thought provoking stephen king group of friends second half karen wakes meaning of life richard and karen goes into a coma berlin wall years later main characters year old hamilton and pam.

Overall it was good, and I like the message, but the book was missing something and I can’t quite pinpoint what. 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.

May 21, Brittany rated it it was ok Shelves: Karen goes into a year-coma, and wakes up to find her duoglas “Girlfriend in a coma, I know, I know. 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. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Quotes from Girlfriend in a C