DOUGLAS COUPLAND GENERATION X TALES FOR AN ACCELERATED CULTURE PDF

Martin's Press in , is the first novel by Douglas Coupland. The novel popularized the term Generation X , and is a framed narrative , in which a group of youths exchange heartfelt stories about themselves and fantastical stories of their creation. Coupland released the similarly titled Generation A in September The framing story is that of three friends—Dag, Claire, and the narrator, Andy—are living together in the Coachella Valley in southern California.

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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. 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.

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. Nothing really happens in this novel, but maybe that's a metaphor for GenXers lives or at least the way they see their lives?

I'm firmly in the middle of Gen X, being born in , maybe this book This is definitely a quirky little number but I would not say it is the masterpiece it is made out to be in some quarters. It certainly has had it's influence though.

Definitely worth a read. Generation X : Tales for an Accelerated Culture. Douglas Coupland.

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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. 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. 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.

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Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture

Just as effective were many of the other words and phrases that Coupland himself defines in what now seems a rather awkward stylistic quirk at the bottom of his pages. It's hard to remember a time when these weren't cultural commonplaces. I can think of few writers better as so many commentators liked to write of Coupland back in the s at "capturing the zeitgeist". The trouble is that such a gift is also its own curse. As this review is already showing, the buzzwords steal the focus of the novel. Meanwhile, just as the phrase "capturing the zeitgeist" now sounds ugly and stale assuming it ever didn't , so a lot of Generation X has grown tired and perhaps over-familiar with age. That's not exactly Coupland's fault.

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