Review of Life After God


From The Canadian Forum

by Alex Pugsley

'Life After God', the press release tells us, is 'replete with satire andpithy observations on modern life', and I suppose it is, but not in the delighting, light-hearted way of the {author's} first two books; this one's rather brooding and doleful. It is to Coupland's credit that he can make so many similar stories work for him--he does convince you that he's on to something--butthere's simply not a lot of drama here, not a lot of people, not a lot of story. There are still beautiful moments and musings (this book will touch some readers), but the author dispenses too many over-the-counter meanings, and thenuminous epiphanies begin to feel pat after a while.