Newcomer Coupland sheds light on an often overlooked segment of the population: "Generation X," the post-baby boomers who must endure "legislated nostalgia (to force a body of people to have memories they do not actually own)" and who indulge in "knee-jerk irony (the tendency to make flippant ironic comments as a reflexive matter of course . . . )." These are just two of the many terse, bitterly on-target observations and cartoons that season the margins of the text. The plot frames a loose Decameron -style collection of "bedtime stories" told by three friends, Dag, Andy and Claire, who have fled society for the relative tranquility of Palm Springs. They fantasize about nuclear Armageddon and the mythical but drab Texlahoma, located on an asteroid, where it is forever 1974. The true stories they relate are no less strange: Dag tells a particularly haunting tale about a Japanese businessman whose most prized possession, tragically, is a photo of Marilyn Monroe flashing. These stories, alternatively touching and hilarious, reveal the pain beneath the kitschy veneer of 1940s mementos and taxidermied chickens.
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A groundbreaking novel. (The 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. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
A readable and valid account of a generation that envisions a completely new genuine genre of bohemianism. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Brilliant look at the era of the early 90's, with us disaffected gen-x'ers sardonically moping around and looking inward towards our too-young-to-be-jaded selves. Read morePublished 7 months ago by dj
Coupland writes about the different generations. The prose helps to create a feel of modernity but it's too casual for my likingPublished 7 months ago by Cheng Yi Chiao
Generation X (of which I am one) has been defined by this book. A lost group who wondered time trying to fit in and find an identity. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dr. Wilson Trivino
A fun take on the slacker generation. Interesting, fabricated terminology and phrases. Overall entertainingPublished 8 months ago by MacGyver Jr.
Read this book before you turn twenty-five.
Douglas Coupland was my first favorite author and this is the book that started it all. Read more
'Generation X' by Douglas Coupland is a disjointed novel about a cynical and sarcastic generation. 'We Didn't Start the Fire' could be its theme song. Read morePublished 10 months ago by R. E. Cooke
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 -... Read more