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Generation A by Douglas Coupland
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Oct 01, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: humour, literature
Read in September, 2009

Generation A was the most enjoyable Coupland I've read for a while - and I find them all enjoyable, so this is high praise. In fact I rank it fourth after Microserfs, Shampoo Planet and Girlfriend in a Coma - not bad going when the other three all have a hefty whack of nostalgia on their side. Is it coincidence that three out of the four are about groups of young friends? Do I perhaps wish I was part of such a group, rather than having scattered individual friend units (who are all wonderful, of course)? Or does it just make for a good story?

Coupland has used the device of each chapter being told from a different character's point of view, as he did in his previous novel, The Gum Thief. It works tolerably well, but the underlying voice is always Doug himself - the similes, the ideas, the gaze always turned towards the future, and the overall optimism.

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