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Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture

Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture By Douglas Coupland Generation X Tales for an Accelerated Culture Andy Dag and Claire have been handed a society priced beyond their means Twentysomethings brought up with divorce Watergate and Three Mile Island and scarred by the s fall out of yuppies recess

  • Title: Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture
  • Author: Douglas Coupland
  • ISBN: 9780349108391
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Paperback
  • Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture By Douglas Coupland Andy, Dag and Claire have been handed a society priced beyond their means Twentysomethings, brought up with divorce, Watergate and Three Mile Island, and scarred by the 80s fall out of yuppies, recession, crack and Ronald Reagan, they represent the new generation Generation X.Fiercely suspicious of being lumped together as an advertiser s target market, they have quit dAndy, Dag and Claire have been handed a society priced beyond their means Twentysomethings, brought up with divorce, Watergate and Three Mile Island, and scarred by the 80s fall out of yuppies, recession, crack and Ronald Reagan, they represent the new generation Generation X.Fiercely suspicious of being lumped together as an advertiser s target market, they have quit dreary careers and cut themselves adrift in the California desert Unsure of their futures, they immerse themselves in a regime of heavy drinking and working at no future McJobs in the service industry.Underemployed, overeducated, intensely private and unpredictable, they have nowhere to direct their anger, no one to assuage their fears, and no culture to replace their anomie So they tell stories disturbingly funny tales that reveal their barricaded inner world A world populated with dead TV shows, Elvis moments and semi disposable Swedish furniture
    Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture By Douglas Coupland

    Generation X Coupland, Douglas Generation X is Douglas Coupland s classic novel about the generation born in the late s and s a generation known until then simply as twenty somethings Andy, Claire, and Dag, each in their twenties, have quit pointless jobs in their respective hometowns to find better meaning in life. Generation X Tales for an Accelerated Culture by Douglas Generation X Tales for an Accelerated Culture Andy, Dag and Claire have been handed a society priced beyond their means Twentysomethings, brought up with divorce, Watergate and Three Mile Island, and scarred by the s fall out of yuppies, recession, crack and Ronald Reagan, they represent the new generation Generation X Andy, Dag and Claire have been handed a society priced beyond Generation X Tales for an Accelerated Culture Generation X Tales for an Accelerated Culture by Douglas Mar , Overview Generation X is Douglas Coupland s classic novel about the generation born in the late s and s a generation known until then simply as twenty somethings Andy, Claire, and Dag, each in their twenties, have quit pointless jobs in their respective hometowns to find better meaning in life.

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    1. Greg on said:

      For years before reading this book I hated it I hated it so much I think at least half of my zines have somewhere the line Fuck you Coupland at least once in some rant My hatred of him was immense, seriously For example if I had been driving my car and I had seen him I would have run him over Of course like any good hatred I only had superficial reasons for hating him, I had never read his work, I only saw the catchy looking books and saw them as a disgusting marketing device And of course there [...]

    2. Fabian on said:

      Does the term overload make or break the novel Lets just say that in its o so 80 s rampantly materialistic take on self imposed post mid twenty crisis survivors, the book may want to break itself This is the equivalent of what Reality Bites was to film zeitgeisty, important, conspicuous.It is a fun lexicon like novel that reads like The Decameron or the Canterbury Tales in modern day The protagonists don t know it but actually live in an age where nothing is happening and so the stories they tel [...]

    3. AnneMarie on said:

      What a boring and pretentious book It s the kind of writing that would have seriously impressed me when I was 14, full of consciously witty soundbites.What I really don t like about it is the glorified loser culture of the early 90s and nearly 18 years later it hasn t aged well and just seems bloated The decade that everyone thought was the pinnacle of evolution is now looking as bad as the 80s did ten years ago To highlight this, Coupland s plot doesn t have much as a story per se, instead it s [...]

    4. Paul Bryant on said:

      With some things you know exactly what they re going to be like before you experience them and you hope you re proved wrong I saw A Mighty Wind recently and shouldn t have bothered good film well made and all, but utterly predictable As was Generation X DC is a snappy writer, he s Tom Wolfe s kid brother, and this book should have been a collection of smart essays like Kandy Kolored Tangerine Streamlined Baby etc It doesn t really leave the ground as a story with characters And also, really, he [...]

    5. Lisa on said:

      Credited with terming low paying low status unsatisfying dead end employment as a McJob and introducing popularizing the phrase Generation X to the American lexicon, Coupland conveys the lives of three friends as they attempt to escape their collective quarter life crisis Using a raw ironic tone that is anything less than subtle, Generation X entwines the exhausted lives of twentysomethings with relevant pop culture references Choice moments in the novel include Coupland s incorporation of carto [...]

    6. Sophia on said:

      I ve been thinking about why I still love this book, when I hate movies like Lost in Translation and Reality Bites I think it s because the characters are so active Andy, Dag and Claire don t lie around hotel rooms in their underwear or have planet s of regret on their shoulders shut up, Ethan Hawke They have jobs, they do interesting things, they daydream, and most importantly, they tell each other stories On the flip side, they haven t aggressively dropped out of the mainstream a la Kerouac co [...]

    7. Leftbanker on said:

      I give this book five stars even though it really isn t much of a novel, it s mainly just three kids telling stories about how they view the creepy world of consumerism and status I read this shortly after returning to the States after living a fairly idyllic and isolated life on the Mediterranean I didn t really get America when I got back and this was the first novel that I read that explained why I wasn t entirely crazy for not being crazy for the American dream He had a lot of great insights [...]

    8. Marc on said:

      This started very promising, but soon became bogged down in hollow, absurd stories Chronologically I belong to this Generation X, and it is true that at one time mid 80s this generation seemed lost , due to the economic crisis, postmodernism and especially the post 1968 syndrome But apparently eventually all worked out Moreover, we in the West are now facing very different problems how to stay afloat in a globalized world, the growing social inequalities, the integration of minorities, global wa [...]

    9. Barbara on said:

      This is the story of a handful of Generation X ers, defined as people born between 1960 and 1980 In the book three late twenty someones Andy, Claire, and Dag separately give up their upwardly mobile jobs and move to Palm Springs, California There they take up residence in modest digs, take low paying service jobs, and attempt to live or less minimalist lives They entertain themselves by telling stories made up or real , drinking, snacking, having picnics, and for the most part eschewing serious [...]

    10. Michael Finocchiaro on said:

      I think I read this right when it came out I identified for the most part with the generation he describes but actually was probably about 5 years to young to completely fit It is interesting to note that the preoccupations we had back then are not all that different then those of the current millennials but that back then, we did not have social media or iPhones and so the dissemination of our discontent, our angst, and our disillusionment was not as accessible as it is today via Facebook, Inst [...]

    11. Joe on said:

      Coupland is possibly one of the most over rated one trick pony writers of all time Pretty much all of his novels are pretentious psuedo intellectual crap masquerading as high brow literature It s amazing so many people buy into it His one trick, and only claim to fame, is coining the phrase Generation X to describe the aimless post baby boomer generation who appear in this, his first novel of the same name Frankly I was bored and unimpressed when I read this at the height of its popularity I may [...]

    12. Alexander Akyna on said:

      I like the yuppie vocabulary in the footnotes, Tobias rant, the Japanese story when Rilke is quotedI like the insightfulness of it all.I dislike the feeling of filling sorry you can sense that this book was asked to be written by a third party, that maybe it had to have a particular amount of pages, that maybe it was written too fast and didn t have the proper editing not to mention that it would work much better as a collection of essays than fiction I think it would be a better book if it had [...]

    13. Goran Gluščić on said:

      Generacija X je knjiga koja mi je toliko na rubu petice da mi je ao dati joj etvorku Sigurno na svom profilu imam petica koje sam dao davnih dana a koje su su mi danas daleko slabije knjige od ove, ali ne elim zbog toga gledati stare popise i spu tati ocjene Ono to mogu re i je da u Generaciju X itati ponovno i uvjeren sam da e mi jednoga dana ocjena skoknuti zvijezdicu gore.Jedini problem koji sam imao s knjigom je taj to mi je mo da bila malo te ka za itanje Ne na na in te ine razumijevanja, v [...]

    14. W.B. on said:

      I realize this is a polarizing book, even after decades have passed I m actually glad I read it well into its afterlife or wherever it s floating as a book now As novels go focusing on the word novel here I think it s a triumph of beautiful and sometimes virtuosic prose over plot lines that seem a little arbitrary and sometimes mawkish Art lies in concealing art, Ovid wrote, and I hate to admit I found certain aspects of this book too contrived maybe too many stereotypes of the anti stereotypica [...]

    15. Davie Bennett on said:

      Loved it Short little vignettes from the lives of three twentysomethings trying to define and describe their rapidly changing world and suss out some meaning from their alarmingly empty culture Containing strong undercurrents of anti commercialism, fun dialogue, and imaginative storytelling, this book was written in 1991 but feels just as timely today I was surprised to find myself in these pages, not just in the characters and story, but in some of the tongue in cheek marginal definitions as we [...]

    16. Jennifer Eager on said:

      A classic The story of 3 young people who give up their high tech jobs and move out to the desert in Palm Springs to work in marginal McJobs that allow them time for a quality of life that they would not have if chained inside of a cubicle at a large corporation.Sometimes funny, sometimes painfully wistful the characters reflect on popular culture, American Family, and love.

    17. Blair on said:

      If I had read this book when it was published, I d probably have liked it Clearly I don t mean that literally, since I was 7 years old when it was published I just mean that it was obviously a very zeitegisty book at that time, and a lot of its details seem irrelevant and dated now, and if I d been the age I am now in the early 1990s, I would have got it and appreciated it rather than getting it but thinking, so what It was perhaps a stupid place to start with Coupland, but I haven t heard anyt [...]

    18. sologdin on said:

      Probably ironic insofar as it is a programmatic statement for lumpenized antisocial nihilists not the sort who abide a programme, normally , which means that it is less LANish itself than metaLANish, a scholarly study that seeks to inhabit the mind of the LAN and explore the contours thereof Ultimately defines the group as the shin jin rui that s what the Japanese newspapers call people like those kids in their twenties at the office new human beings It s hard to explain We have the same group o [...]

    19. Matthew Scheck on said:

      I lived in Europe the entire second half of the 1980s and became completely detached from American culture When I returned in the early 90s I felt like an alien, thoroughly incapable of understanding all the changes that had occurred while I was away those many years Coupland s novel Generation X contained so many interesting observations and fundamental truisms about where American culture was going that it helped me grasp all the weirdness I too had observed since returning I remember being to [...]

    20. L.P. Logan on said:

      This book was crap A whole bunch of ramblings trying to depict what it means to be cool , with it , or even dare I say it, hip I tried my best to read it, but dang it all, it beat me It was just that bad Avoid this one Read something else.

    21. Colin McKay Miller on said:

      Douglas Coupland s Generation X Tales for an Accelerated Culture has little conflict until the end of the book Thing is, I think the author intended it to be that way The novel is told in three parts, revolving around three friends, Dag, Claire, and the narrator, Andy Other characters slip in and out, but the three are the main focus What do they do Nothing They re Generation X, not baby boomers They sit around and tell stories some about themselves, others made up on the spot and so because the [...]

    22. William McCaffrey on said:

      Overall I liked the book, but I didn t develop any fondness for the primary charcters As for these carbon based complainers, I thought they were pretensious, cynical, and were drowinig in early anomie Gen X is over flowing with Irony which makes it both enjoyable and gives the impression that the author is trying to hard too write something Hip or Cool.The early 20 s to mid 30 s Are the target population The 3 main characters are directionless and are trying to escape evolving technology and Got [...]

    23. Oscar Calva on said:

      La trascendencia de este libro estriba simplemente en haber popularizado el tan tra do y llevado t rmino Generaci n X y el de McJob , fuera de eso, la novela es totalmente intrascendente La trama, pr cticamente inexistente, narra la existencia de un grupo de j venes adultos durante la poca posterior al reaganismo a principios de los noventa Se podr a decir que es un retrato de ciertos estratos de la juventud de esa poca, que al contrario de la generaci n de los baby boomers ha dejado de creer en [...]

    24. Nate D on said:

      Douglas Coupland is largely sort of awful, but he didn t start out that way There s a certain inspiration to his earliest works, which comes in most concentrated form here Sure, it s a novel made up almost entirely of the cynical listlessness of all Generation X cliches that followed, but that s the entirely appropriate result of this being the book that defined the cliches The book, in fact, which coined the term And there s a little going on here than just capturing an era I recall interestin [...]

    25. Avi on said:

      There s just one thing I like about this book.See, pretentious is a tough word It s hard to define, and a lot of the time, when you use it to describe something, you actually end up acting pretentious yourself Therefore, I m thrilled to find that this book embodies, at least for me, the perfect definition of the word.Nothing else about the book was any good at all.

    26. Andrew on said:

      Three individuals, disillusioned by their inability to fit in accept the emptiness of the image focused, hustle and bustle, social climbing world around them, escape to the Mojave desert where they tell each other stories, both fact and fiction They also live their lives, taking on low paying jobs, living meagerly, and generally confusing their family and friends, who can t seem to fully grasp why anyone would need to get away in this fashion The book isn t really a coherent narrative so much as [...]

    27. Andrew on said:

      Generation X was given their name because the world didn t know what their impact would be But 20 years on, other than Kurt Cobain, David Foster Wallace, Richard Linklater, and the works of a few other notables, I have to say it s hard figuring out what their impact has been.It s hard to know what to make of the novel On the one hand, I enjoyed my time reading Generation X, but on the other hand, it doesn t stick long in the brain The best parts are the funny little turns of phrase that inhabit [...]

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