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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 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.

Review:

"A groundbreaking novel." The Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Captures the listlessness that accompanies growing up in today's info-laden culture." Rolling Stone

Review:

"Amusingly explores the more restless and disaffected segment of the under-30 crowd." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Review:

"A readable and valid account of a generation that envisions a completely new genuine genre of bohemianism." San Francisco Chronicle

Synopsis:

Generation X is a field guide to and for the vast generation born in the late 1950s and the 1960s — a generation that has been erroneously labelled "postponed" and "indifferent". This is facto-fiction about a wildly accelerating subculture waiting in the corridor.

Synopsis:

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.

Douglas Coupland was born on a Canadian Armed Forces Base in Baden-Söllingen, Germany, in 1961. He is also the author of Miss Wyoming, All Families are Psychotic, and Girlfriend in a Coma, among other books. Coupland attended the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, the Hokkaido College of Art and Design, Instituto Europeo di Design, and the Japan/America Institute of Management Science.

Generation X is Douglas Coupland's widely acclaimed exploration of the generation born in the late 1950s and 1960sa camera-shy, suspiciously hushed demographic 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 in the California desert. In search of 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 earning paltry paychecks at "McJobs"that is, at "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.

As Generation X progresses, and as these moral fables continue, a dark snapshot of the trio's highly fortressed inner world quickly emergeslandscapes 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 a home of their own. Andy, Dag, and Claire are underemployed, overeducated, intensely private, and unpredictable. Like the very generation they reflect, they have nowhere to assuage their fears, and no culture to replace their anomie.

"A groundbreaking novel."Los Angeles Times

"Captures the listlessness that accompanies growing up in today's info-laden culture."Rolling Stone

"Amusingly explores the more restless and disaffected segment of the under-30 crowd."The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

"A readable and valid account of a generation that envisions a completely new and genuine genre of bohemianism."San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

Douglas Coupland was born on a Canadian Armed Forces Base in Baden-Söllingen, Germany in 1961. He is the author of Miss Wyoming, Generation X, All Families are Psychotic, and Girlfriend in a Coma, among others. He attended the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, the Hokkaido College of Art and Design, Instituto Europeo di Design, and the Japan/America Institute of Management Science.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312054366
Subtitle:
Tales for an Accelerated Culture
Author:
Coupland, Douglas
Author:
Coupland, Douglas
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Young adults
Subject:
Generation X
Subject:
Generation X -- Fiction.
Subject:
Young adults -- United States -- Fiction.
Subject:
Jeunes adultes
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
United States Social life and customs.
Subject:
Young adults -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
9278
Publication Date:
19910315
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9.04 x 7.87 x 0.555 in

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Product details 192 pages St. Martin's Griffin - English 9780312054366 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A groundbreaking novel."
"Review" by , "Captures the listlessness that accompanies growing up in today's info-laden culture."
"Review" by , "Amusingly explores the more restless and disaffected segment of the under-30 crowd."
"Review" by , "A readable and valid account of a generation that envisions a completely new genuine genre of bohemianism."
"Synopsis" by , Generation X is a field guide to and for the vast generation born in the late 1950s and the 1960s — a generation that has been erroneously labelled "postponed" and "indifferent". This is facto-fiction about a wildly accelerating subculture waiting in the corridor.
"Synopsis" by ,
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.

Douglas Coupland was born on a Canadian Armed Forces Base in Baden-Söllingen, Germany, in 1961. He is also the author of Miss Wyoming, All Families are Psychotic, and Girlfriend in a Coma, among other books. Coupland attended the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, the Hokkaido College of Art and Design, Instituto Europeo di Design, and the Japan/America Institute of Management Science.

Generation X is Douglas Coupland's widely acclaimed exploration of the generation born in the late 1950s and 1960sa camera-shy, suspiciously hushed demographic 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 in the California desert. In search of 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 earning paltry paychecks at "McJobs"that is, at "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.

As Generation X progresses, and as these moral fables continue, a dark snapshot of the trio's highly fortressed inner world quickly emergeslandscapes 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 a home of their own. Andy, Dag, and Claire are underemployed, overeducated, intensely private, and unpredictable. Like the very generation they reflect, they have nowhere to assuage their fears, and no culture to replace their anomie.

"A groundbreaking novel."Los Angeles Times

"Captures the listlessness that accompanies growing up in today's info-laden culture."Rolling Stone

"Amusingly explores the more restless and disaffected segment of the under-30 crowd."The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

"A readable and valid account of a generation that envisions a completely new and genuine genre of bohemianism."San Francisco Chronicle

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