Review of Life After God


From Publishers Weekly (April 4, 1994)

Now that the Coupland has been credited with coining the term "Generation X," he may feel responsible for their literary shepherding. How better to impart the message than by Walkman, a choice accessory among disaffected youths. Coupland sounds bored with life in earnest as he lugubriously narrates two glamorously bleak stories from his new collection. Most of the tape is devoted to the title story, "One Thousand Years: Life After God," in which a young professional man comes off prescription medication and experiences the sensations of life anew. It's too much for him. He pitches into predictable existential crisis. At last, he has to concede, "my secret is that I need God." In Coupland's vision, life is bracketed by the signifiers of the age - swimming pools, answering machines, Madonna, the death of Superman. Reading, the author succeeds in places at conjuring the empty spaces of his characters' emotions. Simultaneous release with the Pocket Books hardcover. (Apr.)