Generation X

Generation X

Tales for An Accelerated Culture

Book - 1991
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Generation X is Douglas Coupland's classic novel about the generation born in the late 1950s and 1960s--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. Adrift in the California desert, the trio develops 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 their own modern fables of love and death among the cosmetic surgery parlors and cocktail bars of Palm Springs as well as disturbingly funny tales of nuclear waste, historical overdosing, and mall culture.
A dark snapshot of the trio's highly fortressed inner world quickly emerges--peeling back the layers on their fanatical individualism, pathological ambivalence about the future, and unsatisfied longing for permanence, love, and their own home.

Andy, Dag, and Claire are underemployed, overeducated, intensely private, and unpredictable. They have nowhere to assuage their fears, and no culture to replace their anomie.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c1991
ISBN: 9780312054366
031205436X
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: vi, 183 p. ; 23 cm

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re_discover
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.

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ReidCooper
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.

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edul
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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