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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada (Sept. 30 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345814118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345814111
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 1.4 x 25.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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"I thought that the Internet was a metaphor for life; now I think life is a metaphor for the Internet." -- Douglas Coupland --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

DOUGLAS COUPLAND is a Canadian writer, designer and visual artist. His first novel was the 1991 international bestseller Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. He has published 14 novels, 2 collections of short stories, 7 non-fiction books and a number of dramatic and comedic works for stage, film and TV. In May 2014, Coupland will have his first solo exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, after which the show will tour internationally.

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This is actually the first book review I've ever written. Having had the chance to spend some time with Douglas Coupland, I have an even deeper and richer respect and appreciation of books content.
So many portions of the book were so convicting and put into words what I so have often have thought or felt. His commentary on our current state is so true and convicting.
Some gems that I pulled out:

"I'm discombobulated this morning because I forgot my iPhone, so I have that homesick, disconnected feeling you get when you realize you're phonemes."

"I miss my pre-Internet brain."

"Starbucks has the world's largest Internet footprint"

"Fort McMurray, Alberta (population 76,000) has North America's highest video streaming rate per capita"

"The good thing about always being connected with that you're always connected. But the downside of being connected is that you're always connected. Internet, you are on woeful and perplexing minx."

"As Deb and I trudge through toward the solar farm, I realize something weird: neither of us is doing anything except walking. We're not texting or checking emails or making phone calls. We are merely looking towards the chilly, slate-grey solar farms panels. It occurs to me that we are committing wha tis possibly one of the most awful new sins of our era: being unproductive."

"Sometimes I look at those dogs people tether to posts outside the local grocery store, those dutiful dogs waiting for their masters to emerge so they can complete their canine pack animal sense of self, and I think that mobile phones and the Internet have collectively turned us all into dogs outside the Safeway.
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Coupland gives a wonderful look inside a corporation that we know nothing about. In doing so, he reveals several things about the state of the information age, where we are, and where we may be headed.
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Mr. Coupland's style of writing combined with his factual research makes this
book an eye opener and easy to read.
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Very insightful and interesting. Signature Coupland.
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HASH(0x9e2fa858) out of 5 stars which is a good thing. A very good thing Nov. 10 2014
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Kitten Clone was a very entertaining read, particularly considering the mundane nature of the topic - the international company, Alcatel Lucent. Coupland's writing style is very much in the vein of Chuck Klosterman, which is a good thing. A very good thing. This would be a good book for a business class, as it does shed light on the multinational aspects of Lucent's business from France to New Jersey to Canada to China. I would have given it at least four stars if Coupland had gone into more depth regarding the companies latest developments/inventions, and perhaps the financial fundamentals of the company. Still, if you don't know much about Lucent, this book lays a good foundation. (The Canadian team, after China's group, seemed very promising.)