Generation X

Generation X

Tales for An Accelerated Culture

Book - 1991
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Generation X is Douglas Coupland's acclaimed salute to the generation born in the late 1950s and 1960s--a 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 drastic changes that will lend meaning to their lives, they've mired themselves in the detritus of American cultural memory. Refugees from history, the three develop an ascetic regime of story-telling, boozing, and working McJobs--"low-pay, low-prestige, low-benefit, no-future jobs in theservice industry." They create modern fables of love and death among the cosmetic surgery parlors and cocktail bars of Palm Springs, disturbingly funny tales of nuclear waste, historical overdosing, and mall culture.

A dark snapshot of the trio's highly fortressed inner world quickly emerges--landscapes peopled with dead TV shows, "Elvis moments," and semi-disposable Swedish furniture. And from these landscapes, deeper portraits emerge, those of fanatically independent individuals, pathologically ambivalent about the future and brimming with unsatisfied longings for permanence, for love, and for their own home. Andy, Dag, and Claire are underemployed, overeducated, intensely private, and unpredictable. Like the group they mirror, they have nowhere to assuage their fears, and no culture to replace their anomie.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1991.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312054366
Characteristics: vi, 183 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.


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Mar 06, 2016

My librarian recommended Generation X to me for the 2016 Reading Challenge. I do not appreciate it when authors represent a group of people in solely one way.

Jun 14, 2012

Re-read this novel for the first time since it first came out. A full generation later, it has aged very well. For a novel, it makes good use of the print equivalent of hypertext links - before that even existed - which add rather than detract from the overall storytelling.

diesellibrarian Nov 28, 2010

Five stars for the impression it had on me as an impressionable young reader. I think people will still be talking about this book 100 years from now.

Feb 25, 2010

I am a Coupland fan, but I'm didn't like this book (his breakthrough novel) as much as some of the others. JPod is by far my favorite so far, and if you are going to read any Couplan, I would recommend that.


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