This one made me question my own beliefs, or rather, lack of them. Any book that can do that is worth a read.
Beautiful book, but definitely nonlinear. Read it if you like experimenting and like Vonnegut.
Definitely one of my favourites from him.
A series of vignettes or short stories, rather than a stand alone novel, Life After God is not one of Douglas Coupland's greatest works. It is too disjointed, and that is saying something given that Coupland seems to specialize in the disjointed narrative.
Strangely enough, it is the most disjointed part of the book that is the strongest. There Coupland gives us an end of the world, nuclear apocalypse as seen through the eyes of those who are killed by it. Each part of this section of the book describes in painful detail the melting, burning and crushing of the narrators. It is alternatively fascinating and horrifying. The one thing that was missing was emotional investment in the characters. If I had cared about these people more, their end would have had more of an impact.
And therein lies the problem with this book. The reader spends so little time with the narrators of each section that we don't get to care about them. These characters are interesting, but we don't spend enough time with them. I would have liked a whole book on the recently divorced father of the beginning of the book or with the depressed, off-kilter, possible suicidal narrator at the end of the book.
Not his best work.
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