Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture

by DOUGLAS COUPLAND | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 031205436x Global Overview for this book
Registered by HoserLauren of Burlington, Ontario Canada on 12/27/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, December 27, 2006
I had purchased this book a while ago but when I pulled it out to start reading it, I noticed that it was never registered!

From Chapters:
"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.

Journal Entry 2 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Friday, December 29, 2006
Douglas Coupland is one of my favourite Canadian authors, but I wasn't impressed with this book (the very first one he wrote). I'm glad I didn't read this book first because I may have not tried another of his books.
This one was was about three generation x'ers who are trying to make sense of their lives. One is a romantic, one is a chronic vandalizer, and one is a little depressed. They like to tell each other stories, which makes up the majority of the book. However there really isn't any plot! Yes some of it was funny, and some of the stories were interesting, but the rest just seemed like filler to seperate the stories. Maybe I just didn't get it because I'm not a Generation Xer.
Pick up Microserfs before you pick up this one.

Reserved for my birthday partner!

Journal Entry 3 by Breeze144 from Ajax, Ontario Canada on Monday, January 01, 2007
Thank you so much!!! This was part of an awesome birthday gift!

Journal Entry 4 by Breeze144 at Pickering, Ontario Canada on Sunday, January 03, 2010

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