Generation X : Tales for an Accelerated Culture, Paperback

Generation X : Tales for an Accelerated Culture Paperback

3.5 out of 5 (12 ratings)


Andy, Dag and Claire have been handed a society beyond their means.

Twentysomethings, brought up with divorce, Watergate and Three Mile Island, and scarred by the 80s fallout of yuppies, recession, crack and Ronald Reagan, they represent the new generation- Generation X. Fiercely suspicious of being lumped together as an advertiser's target market, they have quit dreary careers and cut themselves adrift in the California desert.

Unsure of their futures, they immerse themselves in a regime of heavy drinking and working in no future McJobs in the service industry.

Underemployed, overeducated and intensely private and unpredicatable, they have nowhere to direct their anger, no one to assuage their fears, and no culture to replace their anomie.

So they tell stories: disturbingly funny tales that reveal their barricaded inner world.

A world populated with dead TV shows, 'Elvis moments' and semi-disposible Swedish furniture.




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This could have been the beginning of something wonderful, but I feel that Coupland's work of late has been something of a let-down.That said, the world will always have this perfectly formed slice of nineties anxiety. Life in the nuclear age - both in terms of technology, and the "nuclear family" - is expressed through the adventures of a delinquent group of friends living in the tragic rubble of California around Palm Springs: they don't belong there, and it tells.

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The book that spawned a generation of copy-cats mainly because it so accurately portrayed the lives of the title. The first and best of that 90's aesthetic of Irony, brought to a close by 9-11.

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First time I read a contemporary novel that was clever and hit close to home.

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I could read this over and over again. Not sure where my copy is now though! Might have to hunt it down!

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This brilliant book explains all that Coupland has subsequently written. Before I read anything by him I thought he was a superficial ironist, but the tragedy of his characters is that they are left with little more than irony to face the world.

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