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
Jedini "problem" koji sam imao s knjigom je taj što mi je možda bila malo teška za čitanje. Ne na način težine ra ...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
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
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
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The book isn't really a coherent narrative so muc ...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 ci ...more
It is a fun, lexicon like novel that reads like the Decameron or the Canterbury tales in modern day. The protagonists (don't know it but actually) live in an age where nothing is happening and so the stories t ...more
++ In Generation X, Douglas Coupland dissects a new generation of young adults, which turns out to be a generation filled with lots of disdain, minimal intention to join the previous generation's world, and overall a supreme je m'en fous told through uppity tonsils.
+++ Simply great: The book practically invents a vocabulary for the new generation. From
anti-sabbatical - a job taken with the sole intention of staying only for a limited period of time (often one year). The intention is usual ...more
Описанное здесь поколение - это поколение моих родителей. Но так уж случилось, что Советский Союз оказался такой себе воронкой времени или черной дырой, которая отбросила нашу страну на несколько десятков лет назад. Да и, в принципе, история циклична. Так что эта история любому из нас ближе, чем могло бы по ...more
Desconhecia mas gostei do livro. Umas vezes menos. Outras muito mais. Soltei uns risos meio desprevenidos.
Gostei que fosse possível introduzir na literatura a palavra "osso-buco" (pág. 182)
Acho que Andy, Claire e Dag estão por aí, nestas novas gerações, que não têm medo de largar tudo e ir por aí.
O livro é super actual, tendo qualquer coisa de zadie smith e fiquei interessada na biografia que o auto ...more