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Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture - Douglas Coupland, Paul Rivoche, Judith Stagnitto
Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture
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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... show more
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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780312054366 (031205436X)
ASIN: B002YNS0WQ
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages no: 183
Edition language: English
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Peculiariteas
Peculiariteas rated it
3.0 Generation X
I am giving this book 4 out of 5 stars because of the impact it had on me.It showed the high 'degree of pathetic' in tendencies that I never considered thus before.The writing style was not really my cup of tea, but I cannot deny that it is making me think.
Vera
Vera rated it
3.0 Generation X
I first read this book when it was most relevant to me. A friend, one of those friends who is not particularly hipster but always seems to know what's sharp on the bleeding edge, loaned it to me. It had that early 20s ring of authenticity. I thought it was marvellous. I was disappointed by every sin...
digitaltempest
digitaltempest rated it
Coincidentally, the first novel I read by Coupland also happens to be the first novel he wrote. It follows the lives of Andy, Dag, and Claire. Late 20-ish adults who are living in the desert, doing basically nothing with their lives but telling each other stories. The story is told from Andy's point...
Edward
Edward rated it
2.0 Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture
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Edward
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