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Generation X by Douglas Coupland
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Oct 20, 2009

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Douglas Coupland is one of my favorite authors, so I knew I needed to read the book that named a generation. I liked it, I did, but it was missing the heart that some of his other books have. Of course, that may be the point. He creates a barren, bleak feeling throughout the book, what I assume is meant to represent the hopelessness of Generation X. Perhaps I didn't like this book as much since this is neither my generation, nor the generation of anyone close to me. I did enjoy the "bedtime stories" the characters told each other, little entertaining twisted fairy tales and pseudo parables. That may be the best way to approach the book, as a series of stories and random moments loosely strung together by the side of a California pool. It may have helped too that I saw the whole thing as making fun of the culture than trying to be a part of it.

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