With his nose to the zeitgeist, the author of Generation X again examines the angst of the white-collar, under set in this entertaining tale of computer techies . They are Microserfs—six code-crunching computer whizzes who spend upward of sixteen hours a day “coding” and eating “flat” foods (food which, like Kraft. Douglas Coupland is one of Canada’s best selling writers both at home best known book, Generation X, but Microserfs really caught my eye.

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Or, again, so it seems to me. One of the undercurrents of the plot is Daniel and his family’s relationship to Jed, Daniel’s younger brother who died in a boating accident while they were children. T I just dropped the book on the table and I’m thinking of rereading many of its parts. By the author of Generation X.

His first novel, Generation Xwas published in March of Microsoft and Silicon Valley. I really enjoyed witnessing the build up from friendship to doutlas between the characters, and that really shines in the finale which is why, I guess, I can’t stop talking about it.

A bit of tech related knowledge is required.

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A typical “Douglas” with different kind of funny people and their singular qualities. Couplandd science fictional without being science fiction – showing the way lives can come to be m I read several books in a row that made me cry, and this was one of them.

We are the saviours of my life. A little slice of the mid-nineties, Microsoft, and Silicon Valley.

The characters are solid, and I really like the way Daniel, the narrator view spoiler [ it’s his diary hide spoiler ] manages to casually capture descriptive details about everything that’s going on. Susan, bored with the misogynist asexuality of nerd life, starts a movement for microsergs techies- -called Chyx. Views Read Edit View history. Is this book appropriate content and reading level wise for a middle school audience?


MICROSERFS by Douglas Coupland | Kirkus Reviews

Pages to import images to Wikidata. My computer and myself are defenders of this country. They bond over Star Trek references and analyze the fact they all buy their clothes at The Gap.

It is my life. Glen Rotchin rated it really liked it.

This book has been sitting in my bookshelf for too long, and since it has always been sort of a mcroserfs about the tech-industry, and since I needed some light reading not too deep, I decided to give it a try. It is so painful when people you’re currently talking to about “what’s up” matters just couglas you up when you delve into big questions about life.

It isn’t as if there weren’t plenty of scary things still in existence during the period ofbut in general there was a different feel to life than there is today.

Microserfs by Douglas Coupland | The Canadian Book Review

The American Experience in Fiction My friends hear me make quips from this book far too often, perhaps my favorite being “Microsoft hired people last year ddouglas you know not all of them were gems.

Reading Microserfs for the first time right now is a strange feeling. The thought that I had as I came to the conclusion of this novel is that if this book were transported back in time years readers from that time would barely recognize it as written in English.

This was a surprise. Sep 14, RandomAnthony rated it liked it. Because of this, as well as its formatting and usage of emoticonsthis novel is similar to what emerged a decade later as the blog format.


I didn’t know Douglas Coupland was the voice of a generation, and anyway, it wasn’t even MY generation. Doesn’t sound like it would be entertaining? I don’t think I view the modern tech world with that kind of hope and douglaz the whole story reads like one of a bunch of rosy faced kids who have the luxury of not knowing about the current hell world the Internet is today.

Preview — Microserfs by Douglas Coupland.

I was going to leave it at that, after trying and failing to describe exactly the effect the book had on me, then I went and read some other reviews of it, and David’s hit it right on for me: Please provide an email address. The result is a lightly-toned, yet intricately couplannd, information-heavy xoupland of an economically ebullient period of history. This book is nerds and geeks thinking, talking about many things, out loud, and I am a nerd and a geek myself, and I don’t have friends except one who listens to me when I am in my “Philosophical Mode” and I just crave miccroserfs friends like Dan’s, all of whom will tolerate – no, join – me in talking I was just sucked right into it.

Anyway, I enjoyed this little piece of diary work probably more than I should have because it allowed me to live vicariously in this era that I let pass me by while I, I don’t know, watched cartoons and read terrible fantasy novels. I must master it, as I must master microsrrfs life.