But, for a handful of people still reeling from that horrific day, life remains permanently derailed. Four dramatically different characters tell their stories: Cheryl, who calmly narrates her own death; Jason, the boy no one knew was her husband, still marooned ten years later by his loss; Heather, the woman trying to love the shattered Jason; and Jason's father, Reg, whose rigid religiosity has separated him from nearly everyone he loves.
©2003 Douglas Coupland; (P)2003 HighBridge Company
"[Coupland]'s best novel to date." (LA Weekly)
"It's an extraordinarily well-written novel with characters you know you shouldn't be liking but do. So real." (Whoopi Goldberg)
My crit may be biased. I am one of those coupland junkies, yes there are plenty out there, almost religious preechers of his novels. Hey Nostradamus is not just a moving and compelling story, it is the kind of book that will change your life for ever.
The topic -- playing off the concept of school shootings, the most disturbing of which was, naturally, Columbine -- was what caught me, but kind of in the way one gets their attention grabbed by a car wreck; you know maybe you shouldn't be looking, but you can't help but look.
This book's topic is a bit like that, but fortunately the novel inside is pretty darn good. For me, the most likeable character was Cheryl Anway, the easiest to like, naturally. From there, the novel is a bit uneven; the sections dedicated to each of the four leads are unequal in length, which is troublesome in that some characters feel more two-dimensional as a result, most notably in the last part.
I did appreciate the way the whole truth of circumstances involved only become clear after reading the whole book; it's a time-honored trick but nicely pulled off here. Well done, overall.
This book has stayed with me for weeks. It is unlike most books I've ever read. I think the author did not expect all who read it to understand it in the same way. Sort of like Life -we do not understand experiences in the same way that others do and no one really helps us to interpret them. So, while this book had a great story line, it kept us interested and was the means to encourage the reader to develop her/his own understanding. I think that is why some readers felt let down by the ending. Ambiguity can be difficult to cope with, but it does help us to think more deeply than we otherwise could.
MADE THE RIDE HOME FROM WORK SEEM TWICE AS LONG.
THE NARRATORS DID A GREAT JOB.
Yes, it kept me interested, the ending was not what I expected
4 different views....each unique!
yes, yes and yes
Is there going to be a sequel
I listened to this book a long time ago, but still hold it up as one of the most gripping I've heard. This is due, not only to Coupland's quirky and compelling writing, but to the astonishing performances by each of the readers. The last "movement" of the novel moved me to tears.
This book starts out really weak, almost annoying. Stick with it, it does get a little more interesting. It's depressing though, and will leave you asking questions; mostly about instances in the story I felt the author should have expounded upon.
The four separate readers definitely does this book a favor and really identifies the characters well for you.
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