Player One: What Is to Become of Us (CBC Massey Lecture)
International bestselling author Douglas Coupland delivers a real-time, five-hour story set in an airport cocktail lounge during a global disaster. Five disparate people are trapped inside: Karen, a single mother waiting for her online date; Rick, the down-on-his-luck airport lounge bartender;... show more
International bestselling author Douglas Coupland delivers a real-time, five-hour story set in an airport cocktail lounge during a global disaster. Five disparate people are trapped inside: Karen, a single mother waiting for her online date; Rick, the down-on-his-luck airport lounge bartender; Luke, a pastor on the run; Rachel, a cool Hitchcock blonde incapable of true human contact; and finally a mysterious voice known as Player One. Slowly, each reveals the truth about themselves while the world as they know it comes to an end.In the tradition of Kurt Vonnegut and J. G. Ballard, Coupland explores the modern crises of time, human identity, society, religion, and the afterlife. The book asks as many questions as it answers, and readers will leave the story with no doubt that we are in a new phase of existence as a species — and that there is no turning back.
Publish date: October 1st 2010
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Post Apocalyptic
Oh dear.I got absolutely nothing from this book. No enjoyment, no thrill, no sense of wonder was aroused throughout my reading of this book. It was nothing but an increasingly frustrating experience because guess what? 'Real time' is BORING. Nothing happens during 'real time' which is why most autho...
I enjoyed this book. It was philosophical, but not in a confusing-full of hidden metaphors kind of way. It was actually a quick, easy read. The story follows 5 strangers in an airport cocktail lounge during a global disaster. It's actually quite a simple plot, told in an analytical way. It's interes...
5 hours with Karen, Rick, Luke, Rachel and Player One. Karen, a lonely, divorced mother of a 15 year old goth who has travelled by plane to meet a guy from the internet in an Airport Hotel Cocktail lounge.Rick, a lonely divorced recovering alcoholic, working as a bartender in the cocktail lounge.Lu...
Player One had an interesting narrative, which I enjoyed but recognize isn't to the taste of all. The characters were compelling and the book addressed some of the thing we all worry about, such as death, religion and time. It was funny in parts, profound in parts, and in others it was both simultan...
This was an odd book and not one I expected of Coupland. His techy writing style is somewhat there but he delves into philosophy using geeky characters and references to help his reader relate. I was impressed by some of it, mostly in the beginning, but the story as a whole fell flat for me. I relat...