- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (March 15, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 031205436X
- ISBN-13: 978-0312054366
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 126 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture Paperback – March 15, 1991
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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
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Yes, there was the snyde humor Copeland is famous for - I especially liked the definistions found in the margins ("McJob" is a personal favorite.) But the story quickly became stale, and the end of the book really disappointed me. Perhaps Coupland intended it that way as further commentary on contemporary society - or perhaps its the result of a sophomore writer. In the final analysis, the book left me bland.
First off, let me say that the book isn't very long and it won't take much of your time to read. Because of that and the fact that this is a famous and often referenced book, it is worth the time to read.
The characters are self-righteous and they pretend to be so deep and caring about the world but they are really just afraid of failure and success. They are very whiney as I am and as are many of the same generation. Reading this made me think that "the world isn't perfect and never will be, but there is no sense in whining about everything".
As I said, it is worth the time to read. It may be a bit pessimistic at times, but that is part of its charm and it is written pretty well.