Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. Fiction · Andy, Dag and Claire have been handed a society priced beyond their means. Twentysomethings. This month, as Douglas Coupland’s 13th novel, Generation A, gathers momentum, John Mullan’s book club looks back at his first, Generation X. It’s hard to remember a time when these weren’t cultural commonplaces. has them tell each other in a kind of slacker take-off of the Canterbury Tales. Generation Xis Douglas Coupland’s acclaimed salute to the generation born in the late s and s–a generation known vaguely up to then as.

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Sometimes funny, sometimes painfully wistful–the characters reflect on popular culture, American Family, and love. Generation X has not dated, fifteen accwlerated after it was published, it still sets the example for those who want to overcome the craze of mass-consumerism and hysteric consumption, for those who suspect there’s more to life than Nike trainers and Wendy’s all-you-can-eat-meals.

We’re sick of stupid labels, we’re sick of being marginalized in lousy jobs, and we’re tired of hearing about ourselves from others.

What a boring and pretentious book.

Social Communication in Advertising: Clearly they had it better than us, and we may have it better than our yikes! Andy, Dag and Claire have been handed a society priced beyond their means. 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!

Some later editions of the novel were produced with in a more traditional style, but the margin notes were retained as footnotes. The novel is told in three parts, revolving around three friends, Dag, Claire, and the narrator, Andy.

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 remember being totally fixated with television the first month I returned; so many cable channels and so much mindless and useless quasi-entertainment, and yet I couldn’t get enough! For years before reading this book I hated it. The initial group of characters is expanded in this section, which introduces stories from additional characters: When he returns to Palm Springs, he receives a phone call from Claire who has also discovered the same thing.


Feb 01, William McCaffrey rated it liked it Recommends it for: In the civilian world, the workplace was a complex minefield of confusing and baffling unwritten rules and attitudes that were wholly alien to me. Indeed, the three central characters seem so annoying at first that for all its dazzling intelligence and lexical ingenuity I found Generation X dull.

It’s only a few hours later on that snowy Saturday night in that she descends into a coma.

In many ways Douglas Coupland is like Andy Warhol. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It quickly and effectively gave shape and name to a youth movement or possibly lack of movement ; chiming in with “Slacker” http: Fiercely suspicious of being lumped together as an advertiser’s target market, they have quit d Andy, Dag and Claire have been handed a society priced beyond their means.

In the process, they tell each other and the guests who drop by now and then stories, some about their lives and some made up to represent aspects of their lives. She finds herself constantly rales in the past, never quite catching up to the modern world.

In this respect, Coupland’s art is a contemplative effort disguised as superficial ‘fast art’: Strange, apocalyptic events begin to occur.

If you’re curious about Gen X, this is a good book for you. The romance is a fragmented affair that resolves itself in this concluding, nullifying phrase: On the way we meet a constellation of other characters: Young white privilege all dressed up and no where to go. References to this book Social Communication in Advertising: Want to Read saving….

DC is a snappy writer, he’s Tom Doouglas kid brother, and this book should have been a collection of smart essays like Kandy Kolored Tangerine Streamlined Baby etc. View the Lesson Plans.

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Dag disappears, but eventually calls from Nevada. The 3 main characters are directionless and are trying to escape evolving technology and Overall I liked the book, but I didn’t develop any fondness for the primary charcters.

How do we cope with loneliness? 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. Order our Generation X: The characters cultire named after locations in Antarctica. Andrew, Dag, and Claire tell each cultur stories—some personal, others imagined—over the course of the day.


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Andy’s little brother who is five years younger than Andy. They seem fortunate, innocent and irritating.

We are all living creatures with strong religious impulses, yet where do these impulses flow in a world of malls and TV, Kraft dinners and acceleratwd From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

It is a fun lexicon like novel that reads like The Decameron or the Canterbury Tales in modern day.

In one column is the storyline, and in the other were neologisms along with definitions for each of them used to describe the lives of Generation X members, as well as small illustrations.

After Tobias cjlture, and after Elvissa moves away from Palm Springs apparently to work at a conventAndy and his friends make plans for their Christmas vacations.

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This is the equivalent of what “Reality Bites” was to film: Generation X is the post-modern Bible for hordes of self-defined slackers and alternative kids who feel they do not ‘fit in’ and demand more out of life than consumerism and pop-culture junk.

Andy works in a bar a McJob, as he describes it and lives in a small bungalow. Martin’s Press to complete a handbook on the “generation” that he had outlined in the article. 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 s, I would have got it and appreciated it rather than getting it but thinking, so what. He has written and performed for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, England, and in resumed his practice as a visual artist, with exhibitions in North America, Europe and Asia.

Sep 01, Fabian rated it really liked it.