The Gum Thief: Douglas Coupland

by Andy

In my opinion one of the best of his novels, far better than many of his better known works.

Worth it alone for Glove Pond, the novel within the novel, painful creation of main protagonist Roger – the story of Steve and Gloria and their crumbling marriage and limitless imbibing of Scotch, and so dreadfully bad it’s brilliant.  (The short story about bread also has to be seen to be believed).

Typical Coupland at his best – riddled with angst, misanthropy and bewilderment, and hugely creative.  Thoroughly recommended.

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