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Generation X

Coupland, Douglas (Book - 1991 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Generation X
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The story of three friends deals with the problems faced by the post baby boom generation and is accompanied by definitions of terms reflecting modern social trends

McMillan Palgrave
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 the service 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.


Authors: Coupland, Douglas
Statement of Responsibility: Douglas Coupland
Title: Generation X
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c1991
Characteristics: 183 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
LCCN: 90049959
ISBN: 031205436X
Branch Call Number: FIC C
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Jun 14, 2012
  • ReidCooper rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Nov 29, 2010
  • diesellibrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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
  • edul rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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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