Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. Fiction · Andy, Dag and Claire have been handed a society priced beyond their means. Twentysomethings. This month, as Douglas Coupland’s 13th novel, Generation A, gathers momentum, John Mullan’s book club looks back at his first, Generation X. It’s hard to remember a time when these weren’t cultural commonplaces. has them tell each other in a kind of slacker take-off of the Canterbury Tales. Generation Xis Douglas Coupland’s acclaimed salute to the generation born in the late s and s–a generation known vaguely up to then as.

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Andy, Dag, and Claire are underemployed, overeducated, intensely private, and unpredictable.

The thing about the kiss is secondary I guessis blend with the story less. Fiction Generation X blogposts. Novel is printed on weird 7. I really don’t understand why people compare this book to The Catcher in the Rye. Richard and douglss circle of friends reside in an emotional purgatory throughout the next two decades, passing through careers as models, film special-effects technicians, doctors and demolition experts before finally being reunited while working on a conspiracy-driven supernatural television series.

Other characters slip in and out, but the three are the main focus.

Containing strong undercurrents of anti-commercialism, fun dialogue, and imaginative storytelling, this book was written in but feels just as timely today.

Tales for an Accelerated Culture may not cure your frustration with our culture’s habit of excessive consumption and extreme commercialism, but it will at zccelerated provide you with the solace of knowing you’re not alone. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.


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And it’s why something youngsters like myself find a resonance in Coupland’s work: Traveling home to Portland OregonAndy comes to realize that he has misjudged his parents and their relationship, coming to realize they are essentially decent people and that he has to take responsibility for his own happiness.

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Tales for an Accelerated Culture 1 1 Oct 06, It was the first time I heard anyone voice criticism towards what most considered the normal trajectory of adult life. Does it still seem fresh to you now? Forgive him his past trendiness and you might actually realize he’s a gifted writer, after all. Martin’s Press douflas published in March 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 theservice industry.

It was perhaps a stupid place to start with Coupland, but I haven’t hea If I had read this book when it was published, I’d probably have liked it more. Sections openDemocracy Free thinking for the world. The romance is a fragmented affair that resolves itself in this concluding, nullifying phrase: What happens if we are raised without religion or beliefs? I recall interesting resonances in the strange fables the characters told eachother each evening, which punctuate the story, generatioon.

Each character represents a cultural type; Elvissa is constantly stuck in the past, Tobias is a ” yuppie fulture, Tyler is a “global teen”, and the neighbours represent members of an older generation.


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Moreover, my first post-military job was a difficult transition as I was clueless about how civilians conducted themselves in the workplace, with much different attitudes about work ethic, goals, and social interaction than how it was in the Army. Definitely worth a read. Therefore, I’m thrilled to find that this book embodies, at least for me, the perfect definition of the word.

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View the discussion thread. They embrace and believe the pseudo-globalism and ersatz racial harmony of ad campaigns engineered by the makers of soft drinks and computer inventoried sweaters.

Coupland gives readers an intimate, deadly accurate and profoundly funny view of a way of life that is quickly becoming the dominant lifestyle: This book has original work by Douglas Coupland author of Generation X and Girlfriend in a Coma who gives his thoughts on the phenomenon and an original story about Lara.

How can acceleratfd be “crumbling, poxed and leprous never-used”? Dag disappears, but eventually calls from Nevada.