The Gum Thief

The Gum Thief

A Novel

Book - 2007
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Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2007
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781596911062
1596911069
Characteristics: 275 p. ; 22 cm

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jtkretzschmar
Dec 08, 2013

I read this book on a recommendation from a friend and it was truly worth it. I generally steer clear of any Coupland novels because I don't enjoy them very much. I think it must've been age related because I found this book to be truer and more engaging then most I've read. I put 'JPod' another one of his, on my to-read shelf because of this novel.

K_ROK Jan 10, 2013

Loved this book, couldn't put it down and was amazed at how well Coupland developed Bethany as a character. Steve and Gloria were very entertaining as well. Give this book a chance and you will be happy that you did. ;)

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Jenmat
Jun 29, 2012

Classic Coupland. I loved Steve And Gloria, the story within the story.

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tegan
Jul 13, 2010

Coupland does it again with The Gum Thief. The two central characters, Roger and Bethany, are both dealing with the monotony of working at the big-box store Staples. They exchange ideas and stories through a diary and letters. Coupland manages to weave a story within a story within a story in this novel - it is brilliant. And the two integrated stories are actually quite amusing, which is not always the case with Coupland. This novel is a fast-read and you will find your self grow attached to Roger and Bethany. You can't help but sympathize with Roger, the middle-aged failure and Bethany the young directionless goth girl.

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Chookie
Jul 20, 2008

Couldn't finish this book. Pick this up only if you are in the mood to read about unhappy, disaffected people who feel sorry for themselves.
P.S. - I have enjoyed other Coupland novels.

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