Douglas & McIntyre
City of Glass

Book details:

September 2000
ISBN 978-1-55054-818-1
Paperback - Trade
6 1/2" x 8"
152 pages
Travel
Art / Popular Culture ART023000
Nonfiction
$24.95 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

City of Glass

Douglas Coupland's Vancouver

A stylish little book of text and image in which Douglas Coupland captures the essence of his home town, Vancouver.


Douglas Coupland, author of societal pulse-taking novels like Generation X, Microserfs and Shampoo Planet, turns his bemused eye on his hometown's quirks and quarks in this easy-going, photo-heavy tour. Coupland's voice is droll, whether explaining the way the ferries work ("the ferry experience involves waiting; that's because it's government-run") or theorizing on the origins of street names like Biddesden and Pyrford (he conjectures they were named by old English lords having a good laugh over a dram back in London). Having grown up in Vancouver, the author has a wellspring of childhood memories to draw from, and his reminisces add an even more personal note to pieces on well-known destinations like Grouse Mountain and Chinatown.

An artist as well as an author, Coupland has an opinion on just about everything, from Greenpeace (begun in Vancouver) to the number eight (considered lucky by Chinese residents), but he is especially astute at capturing the essence of the city from an architectural perspective. "They made about as much sense in the neighbourhoods into which they were inserted as a UFO in Versailles," he writes of the type of dwelling units he calls "monster houses." And an essay about Lions Gate Bridge, in which Coupland mixes personal recollections with bridge lore, is enough to make even the most jaded Vancouverite see the town in a teary-eyed new light.

About the Author

Douglas  Coupland

Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland was born on a Canadian Air Force base near Baden-Baden, Germany, on December 30, 1961. In 1965 his family moved to Vancouver, BC, where ...

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