Not Your Typical Novel

by alessandranakhleh

Along with being an active designer and famous author, Douglas Coupland can be described as a man with a vivid imagination.  Or, at least how I can begin to describe him with regard to JPod, a novel written by Coupland and later published by Random House of Canada during 2006.  Creating real life, but not at all typical situations for his characters, readers are taken on a long journey in just over five hundred pages.  Narrated by main character, Ethan Jarlewski, Coupland tells a story of the reoccurring individuals in Jarlewski’s life; his co-workers, family and close friends, along with their not-so every day dilemmas.  Described by my classmates as “annoying” or “difficult to pay attention” to, I could not help but disagree, as JPod kept me fully entertained from page one.  Coupland’s sense of humor effortlessly translated to his writing urging me to continue flipping each page, allowing the book to fully consume my day.  Yes, I can easily agree that perhaps Coupland’s storyline was a tad unrealistic; Jarlewski’s mother killing and burying a man she had a relationship with, his brother smuggling illegal immigrants into Canada, his father with a secret younger girlfriend, or his boss being kidnapped and brought to China, aren’t mainstream problems an average man would face in a short time period – let alone during a life time.  But I can honestly say; I don’t think Coupland was aiming for an average novel.  Based at a Vancouver video gaming company, Coupland exposed his readers to an online feel his characters were more than likely experiencing.  Theoretically spamming the novel with their junk mail and time-wasting pages filled with useless numbers, Coupland added a modern twist to what could have been a standard novel, allowing his work to be extremely unique.  Separating the novel into three parts, Coupland is able to expand his story in terms of time, fast-forwarding through to the future when need be.  Critics would say Coupland could also be viewed as selfish towards the end of the novel by adding himself as a character into Jarlewski’s fictional life. This egotistic act by Coupland tops off an unrealistic novel with an even more impractical (but highly enjoyable) ending.  I would recommend JPod to folks of all ages.  Tactfully flowing from page to page with ease, readers are taken into the lives of each character while staying in the comfort of their own home.

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