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Generation X Tales for an Accelerated Culture (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 031205436X
ISBN-13: 9780312054366
Sku: 30043857
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 7.5L x 0.75T
Pages:  192
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The story of three friends deals with the problems faced by the post baby boom generation and is accompanied by definitions of terms reflecting modern social trends *Author: Coupland, Douglas *Subtitle: Tales for an Accelerated Culture *Publication Date: 1991/03/15 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 7.50 *Height: 8.50
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Generation X is Douglas Coupland's acclaimed salute to the generation born in the late 1950s and 1960s--a generation known vaguely up to then as "twentysomething."

Andy, Claire, and Dag, each in their twenties, have quit "pointless jobs done grudgingly to little applause" in their respective hometowns and cut themselves adrift on the California desert. In search of the drastic changes that will lend meaning to their lives, they've mired themselves in the detritus of American cultural memory. 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 the service industry." They create modern fables of love and death among the cosmetic surgery parlors and cocktail bars of Palm Springs, disturbingly funny tales of nuclear waste, historical overdosing, and mall culture.

A dark snapshot of the trio's highly fortressed inner world quickly emerges--landscapes peopled with dead TV shows, "Elvis moments," and semi-disposable Swedish furniture. And from these landscapes, deeper portraits emerge, those of fanatically independent individuals, pathologically ambivalent about the future and brimming with unsatisfied longings for permanence, for love, and for their own home. Andy, Dag, and Claire are underemployed, overeducated, intensely private, and unpredictable. Like the group they mirror, they have nowhere to assuage their fears, and no culture to replace their anomie.
Author Bio
Douglas Coupland
Douglas Coupland, raised in Winnipeg, was once a sculptor, but inaugurated his career as a writer with a nonfiction book proposal about his generation; the book turned into fiction (GENERATION X, published in 1991) and became a bestseller and a cult favorite. His succeeding novels have never reached its heights; his 1994 LIFE AFTER GOD was chosen as one of the year's worst books by People magazine. Coupland, however, remains a spokesman for the generation that came of age in the 1980s, though he has said, vehemently, "I speak for myself, not for a generation. I never have." Coupland collects meteorites and letters.

Praise

Cosmopolitan
"A modern-day 'Catcher in the Rye.'" - Louise Bernikow

Village Voice
"A funny, self-conscious first novel."

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0192
Product attributePublisher:   St. Martin's Griffin
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