City of Glass

City of Glass

Douglas Coupland's Vancouver

Book - 2009 | Rev. ed
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This irresistible little book offers a very different take on Vancouver, one of the world's most beautiful cities. Douglas Coupland applies his unique sensibility to everything from the Grouse Grind to glass towers, First Nations to feng shui, Kitsilano to Cantonese. Cleverly designed to mimic an underground Japanese magazine, this edition is fully updated and revised with riffs on Vancouver as a neon city, a land of treehuggers, and more.
Publisher: Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, c2009
Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 9781553653592
Branch Call Number: 971.133 COP 2009
Characteristics: 175 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps ; 21 cm

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Nripatri_Rupp
Mar 26, 2014

Coupland writes a very sweet, humourous and lovely book about this city. A perfect book for browsing, putting down and then picking up again later.

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YuriArtibise
Jun 17, 2011

City of Glass reminds Vancouverites why we live here, and tells guests why they should visit. It is the book you leave in the guest bedroom to inspire and delight out-of-towners.

It's brochure like quality starts with the books physical form. City of Glass is bright and colorful'reminiscent of a sunny day in the city. Its cover is even colored in the omnipresent green and blue of Vancouver's branding.

The title of the book comes from Vancouver's large number of skyscrapers with glass or mirror fronts. Like the glass of it's title, Coupland's book reflects his personal memories of the city he loves.

Inspired by Japans underground 'zines', the book is an illustrated collection of vignettes and reflections on Vancouver. it takes readers on an alphabetical tour, from BC Ferries to YVR. Along the way, Coupland drops a lot of personal observations, historic trivia and often overlooked facts.

The book also includes a report of Coupland's essay, 'My Hotel Year,' previously published in Life After God. The essay is a nice intermission from the vignettes. It provides readers with a glimpse beyond the glass and into a gritty reality that is also part of Vancouver.

Interspersed throughout the book are some photographs of Vancouver at it's best and pictures of Vancouver, ephemera such as Campbell's soup cans with trilingual Cantonese/English/French labels and a salmon 'color fan.'

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