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Girlfriend in a Coma (1998)

de Douglas Coupland

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On a snowy Friday night in 1979, just hours after making love for the first time, Richard's girlfriend, high school senior Karen Ann McNeil, falls into a coma. Nine months later she gives birth to their daughter, Megan. As Karen sleeps through the next seventeen years, Richard and their circle of friends reside in an emotional purgatory, passing through a variety of careers--modeling, film special effects, medicine, demolition--before finally reuniting on a conspiracy-driven super-natural television series. But real life grows as surreal as their TV show as Richard and his friends await Karen's reawakening . . . and the subsequent apocalypse.… (mais)
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A 20 year look at the course of events surrounding the friends of the titular character starting from the night before the tragic event to 20 years after when she wakes up. You know you're in for a strange ride right from the off with the first of the narrators being the ghost of a character that died a year before. It's a post-apocalyptic dystopian story set in a Canadian mountain town that rushes through the intervening years between the going into and coming out of the coma to concentrate on events before and after and takes a look at how people and society have changed during that time. An interesting book but not a great one. ( )
  AHS-Wolfy | Jan 4, 2022 |
A slog to get through especially in the end. I was waiting for it to be over and then unfulfilled. Am I dumb? ( )
  TanyaTomato | Nov 28, 2021 |
i agree more with the negative reviews than with the positive. it starts strong but I should have heeded the warning signs that it would devolve into paranormal babble and over bearing how do we save the world psychology. the early parts of the book that raise the question of which characters are in stasis and which are dynamic are worth exploring but the ghost tale that follows is a cheap gimmick. ( )
  jimbomin | Jan 23, 2017 |
Odd. Have to think about it awhile. When deciding to read it, I wasn't particularly intrigued by the premise. I was intrigued by the promise of bigger ideas, of how the title motif fit into the grand goal of the book.

The weaving of smaller & larger stories was indeed interesting. Also on the plus side, I was impressed by how the author made the kind of people I normally refuse to read about into sympathetic and engaging characters. On the minus side, the grand idea was just a little too odd for me. Also on the minus side were too many minor implausibilities, even given the suspension of disbelief for the major fantastic elements.

I could go on, but it was kinda draining to read, and I want to be done. So,in sum, my star rating reflects my mixed feelings, *not* a lukewarm reaction. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland - Good

What a strange but interesting book. I've read other books by Douglas Coupland and enjoyed them, but I have to admit the title of this one kept putting me off. I needn't have worried, it's not particularly depressing.

One snowy night in Vancouver, a couple of teenagers decide to lose their virginity, by the end of the evening, Karen has slipped into a coma leaving a strange message for her boyfriend, Richard. For 17 years he and their group of friends try to live their lives while Karen 'sleeps' and then...

Hard to categorise without giving too much away. Starts as a teenage, coming of age, sort of book, slips into a middle age crisis type of thing, then dystopia, then redemption of a sort. It really defies description and I suspect for that alone, it deserves its place in The Guardian's 1000 best novels
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jan/23/bestbooks-fiction

The fact that it's a page turner and you really want to know what happens to this group of friends makes it well worth reading regardless of listings.

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Besonders gegen Ende nimmt die Moral überhand, wenn der Geist eines an Leukämie verstorbenen ehemaligen Mitschülers den Überlebenden doziert, was sie falsch gemacht hätten und was in den letzten beiden Jahrzehnten alles nicht richtig gelaufen sei. Dabei erzählt Coupland noch nicht einmal etwas Neues, sondern wärmt alte Platitüden von der beschleunigten und wertelosen Gesellschaft neu auf und klatscht diese Klischees dem Leser derart unsubtil um die Ohren, dass man am liebsten in die Buchseiten hineinschreien würde: "Ja! Ist schon gut! Verstanden, weiß ich doch alles schon!"
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On a snowy Friday night in 1979, just hours after making love for the first time, Richard's girlfriend, high school senior Karen Ann McNeil, falls into a coma. Nine months later she gives birth to their daughter, Megan. As Karen sleeps through the next seventeen years, Richard and their circle of friends reside in an emotional purgatory, passing through a variety of careers--modeling, film special effects, medicine, demolition--before finally reuniting on a conspiracy-driven super-natural television series. But real life grows as surreal as their TV show as Richard and his friends await Karen's reawakening . . . and the subsequent apocalypse.

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