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Generation X Paperback – April, 1992


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co (T) (April 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349103313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349103310
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,801,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By UZick@aol.com on October 27, 1997
Format: Paperback
This is how it all started for Douglas Coupland. The story of Andy, Dag and Claire, three Generation-X-twentysomethings. Sharing an inside look into their everyday life with the reader, garnished with tasteful little stories from their past life, spot-hitting illustrations and guidelines such as "bench-press your i.q." make this one an absolute must-read for everybody born after 1968 and a bible for parents to understand the real problems of their little ones.BUY THIS, NO MORE WORDS NECESSARY!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso' on August 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
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I review this apotheosis of the late boomers, fulsomely I hope (heck, I gave it 5!), over on user-friendly amazon.co.uk

This is just to say I hope the publishers have corrected affected (p87) to effected by now, but I doubt it. As for mouéed*, I don't know where to look! Though I guess if you think of it as mwah mwah with a French accent it's kinda cute - matches the preciousness of someone who not only italicizes, bless him, but italicizes **half**-words

Make sure to get the 1st edition. Not so much a book, more an artifact - indeed, an artifact of the very thing it chronicles. A cross between late Antonioni without the politics and youthful Godard without the sex appeal

*You can't turn French nouns into verbs, and even if you could, the accent is de trop
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This is the story of a handful of Generation X-ers, defined as people born between 1960 and 1980.

In the book three late-twenty somethings - Andy, Claire, and Dag - separately give up their upwardly mobile jobs and move to Palm Springs, California. There they take up residence in modest digs, take low-paying service jobs, and attempt to live more or less minimalist lives. They entertain themselves by telling stories (made up or real), drinking, snacking, having picnics, and - for the most part - eschewing serious relationships. Their purpose, apparently, is to reject traditional society and its values, which they find oppressive. Though the characters reject the values of their nuclear families (which are not perfect, but whose family is?) they do maintain contact via phone calls, visits, and so on....so their isolation is not complete.

Though the hippie-ish lifestyle of Andy and his friends/acquaintances is amusing to read about, it strikes the reader (at least this reader) as unrealistic and unsustainable. Though a small segment of society can decide to do 'nothing' with their lives and suffer few consequences - if everyone took up this lifestyle the country's economy would soon collapse. And even for those who are determined to stick it out, this kind of freewheeling behavior becomes unattractive when people are no longer 'young' (that is, approach their mid-thirties and older).

The main characters try to be committed to their 'no-strings' lifestyle, but life does impinge: Claire develops a huge crush on Tobias, an exceptionally handsome man - and follows him to New York - where their lives don't mesh. Dag is attracted to Claire's friend Elvissa, and tries to develop a relationship with her - until Elvissa skips town for an even more minimal lifestyle.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By milhousetv@mailcity.com on April 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
Douglas Coupland's first novel, Generation X, made a definte and resounding impact on pop culture. He did not "invent" the phrase, but his novel brought to light all the things that 'generation X' has come to mean.
This is not Coupland's finest book, but as his first, it is an interesting study and an enjoyable beginning to a fantastic and continuing career. His writing style, even here in his first novel, is unique and flowing. Douglas Coupland's books will continue to have a finger on the pulse of his generation, and his influence on pop culture will continue to grow.
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