JPod: Workplace Shenanigans

by ToryFinnSaarinen

Douglas Coupland’s JPod is a unique read. It is different because it is easier to read than most novels of this length. Characters are briefly developed and more pages are devoted to describing insignificant events that occur in the workplace; very little time passes on each page. Many events are described in great detail that are just the characters wasting time at work. The language used in the story is appropriate for the target audience. Today’s reader can comprehend the technological shot hand used and relate to the modern day challenges the characters face.

The novel is a bit scattered in terms of plot development. There are sections inserted that don’t seem to follow the order of events in the plot. There are also pages full of symbols that do not directly relate to the text. This use of images maybe serves as a reminder that there are a lot of distractions that people perhaps ignore too readily. The book JPod is analogous to the internet, which is a major subject in the book. For example, while reading something online, there are often interjections of advertisements or images trying to get our attention, just as the images throughout the book do. As we have adapted to these types of obstructions, these distractions are often ignored. Perhaps Douglas Coupland uses this technique to make us reflect on how we may skip over things that maybe did have some value.

The three different sections of JPod do string together an enjoyable story even though they are a bit jumbled in their composition. There are protagonists and antagonists and struggles that are overcome just like in a regular story but the setting is very modern and sometimes seems almost in the future. It is a classic story in a new paradigm. The ending to JPod may be a let down for some. After all the struggles are overcome throughout the story, everything is tied together and everyone lives happily ever after. This doesn’t seem like a realistic ending but some readers may be satisfied with this. All in all I recommend reading JPod because it is different in good ways. Its an easy read but still sets out a good plot in a very unique way.

Works Cited

Coupland, Douglas. JPod. Toronto: Vintage Canada, 2006. Print.

Word Count: 385



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