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  • Posted June 29, 2010

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    uninteresting

    Generation X was not at all what I had expected. Looking for a novel that highlights people in their twenties searching for what to do and where to go in their life, this book had disappointed me. The novel did not flow very well. It actually was more a bunch of short stories than an actual novel. It was very easy to put down and forget about because you can easily pick it back up and read a chapter without remembering what happened in the beginning of the book. It seemed too choppy. Normally I enjoy books by Douglas Coupland. I own all of his books. But this one did not get me gripped like the others. The characters were well drawn out, and very easy to envision, and I liked certain chapters, but the overall book had me snoozing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2007

    An attitude, not a generation

    Coupland's first book, it captures not a particular generation but a way of looking at life. Dag, Claire and Andy's life in the desert provides an alternative to the selfish consumerism rampant in our world today. Some may criticize its lack of cohesiveness, its aimless wanderings from one moment to another, but honestly, aren't most of our lives like that? Coupland's cleverness and creativity, his ability to distill moments makes him one of those rare authors whose books you want to start again right after you finish them. I have read this multiple times and have never failed to find something new. Highly recommended. Æ

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2002

    Postmodern Cynicism in the form of Conscious Self-Parody

    Coupland knows his generation. He knows it so well, it makes me wince. Like Jane Austen, Coupland maintains the same subject material (ie: what he is surrounded by on a day-to-day basis), but his gift is to see and communicate that material clearly and crisply. Postmodernism in "Generation X" is not so much a philosophical question as it is the world that Coupland's characters are a part of, whether they like it or not. The understanding of this gives poignancy to much of his work--he sees the despair inherent to the system, inherent to living in this time that foolishly claims that God is dead, and he realizes that the attempts his characters make trying to escape from this are all useless--unless a drastic change occurs--one that he finally states in "Life After God": "My secret is that I need God--that I am sick and can no longer make it alone." Salvation from the Valium-like effects of postmodernism (which is just another reflection of this imperfect, unfixable, fallen world, and sin) only comes through Christ. I just pray that quote was Coupland really talking, and not just one of his characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2002

    X Marks the Plot

    Read this book for the cultural definitions contained alongside the prose. The story is not particularly moving, but the side commentary is fun and often insightful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2000

    you know how sometimes a book has little pieces that just capture life so perfectly it almost hurts?

    well, this book is like that. the characters are super cool and interesting but a little bit 'i'm better than you because i am cool without trying and i throw french words into my everyday dialog for the hell of it.' but that's not what it's about. it's about telling truly intriguing stories that are twisted and beautiful and painful and hilarious. it's about giving up everything and starting over. it's cool people in a cool book. ok? get it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2000

    I Want To Find Douglas Coupland and Give Him a Dollar

    I don't know what it is about this book that is so great exactly, because it doesn't really have a plot and it has a way of going over your head at times. But there's something there that made me feel as if I was part of something bigger and that's what good books should do, right?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2000

    Not to bad!

    Im 19 years old and I had to read the book generation x for a class. But the book really caught my attention early on. This book explains alot about my family cause they grew up in this time. Everyone should read it!

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