Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture
Generation X is Douglas Coupland's acclaimed salute to the generation born in the late 1950s and 1960sa generation known vaguely up to then as "twentysomething."
Andy, Claire, and Dag, each in their twenties, have quit "pointless jobs done grudgingly to little applause" in their respective hometowns and cut themselves adrift on the California desert. In search of the drasti...more
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What I really don't like about it is the glorified loser culture of the early 90s and nearly 18 years later it hasn't aged well and just seems bloated. The decade that everyone thought was the pinnacle of evolution is now looking as bad as the 80s did ten years ago. To highlight this, Coupland's plot doesn't have much as a 'story' per se, instead ...more
The story of 3 young people who give up their high tech jobs and move out to the desert in Palm Springs to work in marginal "McJobs" that allow them time for a quality of life that they would not have if chained inside of a cubicle at a large corporation.
Sometimes funny, sometimes painfully wistful--the characters reflect on popular culture, American Family, and love.
the shin jin rui--that’s what the Japanese newspapers call people like those kids in their twenties at the office--new human beings. It’s hard to explain. We have the same...more
The early 20's to mid 30's Are the target population. The 3 main characters are directionless and are trying to escape evolving technology and ...more
The novel is told in three parts, revolving around three friends, Dag, Claire, and the narrator, Andy. Other characters slip in and out, but the three are the main focus. What do they do? Nothing. They’re Generation X, not baby boomers. They sit around and tell stories—some about themselves, others made-up on the spot—and so bec ...more
La trama, prácticamente inexistente, narra la existencia de un grupo de jóvenes adultos durante la época posterior al reaganismo a principios de los noventa. Se podría decir que es un retrato de ciertos estratos de la juventud de esa época, que al contrario de la generación de los baby-boomers ha dejado de c ...more
See, "pretentious" is a tough word. It's hard to define, and a lot of the time, when you use it to describe something, you actually end up acting pretentious yourself. Therefore, I'm thrilled to find that this book embodies, at least for me, the perfect definition of the word.
Nothing else about the book was any good at all.
It's hard to know what to make of the novel. On the one hand, I enjoyed my time reading Generation X, but on the other hand, it doesn't stick long in the brain. The best parts are the funny little turns of phrase that inhab ...more
The book isn't really a coherent narrative so muc ...more
I remember being ...more
In the book three late-twenty somethings - Andy, Claire, and Dag - separately give up their upwardly mobile jobs and move to Palm Springs, California. There they take up residence in modest digs, take low-paying service jobs, and attempt to live more or less minimalist lives. They entertain themselves by telling stories (made up or real), drinking, snacking, having picnics, and - for the most part - ...more
I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed this one because I'd been led to believe it didn't age well, but I liked it and I'm a millennial, so idk what that says about this. If you want to read a coming-of-age story that's emblematic of the culture in North America circa 1 ...more
Since my outlook on life has become more spiritual - Catholic spiritual, not New Age spiritual - I can sum up Coupland's tales-within-tales as: secular-minded characters fumbling through life, searching for some meaning/truth other than God.
What you get is Coupland's trio of dysfunctional, highly literate and entertaining sto ...more
Not so with Generation X. I read this when it came out and at some time in the late 90s, probably preparing for a move, I donated the book to our local ...more
Die 80-90er in America, irgendwo in der Wüste, mit den Autos, dem Rauchen, den Klamotten und den komischen Familienbeziehungen – das war mir fremd und ebenso befremdlich. Allerdings gab es viel, was ich in meiner Realität wiedererkenne. Bekannt ...more
I enjoyed this read, ...more
Ein schon älteres „Kultbuch“, das ich erst jetzt lese, wo ich eine Vorlesung über „"Cultural difference Management" und "International Business Negotiation" vorbereite. Ein Buch, das mit praktischen Lebensbeispielen die Theorie der „Generation X“ veranschaulicht. Ein interessanter Stil. Interessant zu lesen, wenngleich es schon Geschichte ist.
Interessant auch die Definitionen, die als Randanmer ...more
I had quite high expectations, which is not always a good thing. This is basically about Middle Class drop outs being a bit self satisfied with their disillusions. The dialogue is sharp, and it's all very clever, but in the end I just could't empathise with the characters.
I am aware I have mentioned class in a couple of recent reviews. I don't want to come across as an inverted snob ...more