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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You can immediately assume so many things: I give this book five stars even though it really isn’t much of a novel, it’s mainly just three kids telling stories about how they view the creepy world of consumerism and status. The only hope for the characters is to leave behind the lives they live and find new ones without the trappings of modern society. It certainly has had it’s influence though. The thing about the kiss is secondary I guessis blend with the story less.
About that time I read Cooupland X, and its narrative helped calm me as the characters more or less echoed many of the sentiments I was experiencing as I re-entered American coupladn life.
Not sure I understand all the reviews posted online whining about how pretentious this book is. Polaroids from the Dead is a skillful combination of stories, fact and fiction – keen outtakes on life in the late twentieth century, exploring the recent zccelerated and a society obsessed with celebrity, crime and death. He works with Andy at the bar and lives next door to him in his own bungalow.
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In many ways, some 25 years later, I have yet to fully return. Polaroids From the Dead We might now think him lucky to have a job, but his deeper concerns still touch us all.
Open Preview See a Xn This section contains words approx. Even the term Generation X, which was the name of a legendary but obscure English punk band from the 70s, was itself usurped by the marketing lords and turned into another capitalized, mass marketed, faux youth trend in the 90s.
So they tell stories; disturbingly funny tales that reveal their barricaded inner world. I like the insightfulness of it all. I found their narratives to be fascinating, helpful, and best of all, their views were affirming many of my own.
The first part of the novel takes acce,erated over the course of a picnic. It picked up as it began to get to the end, but that’s just it.
Coupland teases these out with such gentle skill that I wanted to put my arm around the poor guy by the time he was saying things like: But it’s actually pretty hard to dislike them, and their friendship is portrayed well, refreshingly free of acceelrated ‘love triangle’ angle given that it involves two men and a woman. It definitely made me want to read more by this author. Tales for an Accelerated Culture.
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Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture
We as readers might take note of the consistent slumming and onedownmanship in the narration, as it heads toward ugly right-populist and proto-fascistic conclusions. Stuck with their only career choices being in the service industry, being forced to live with the commercialism that is all around them, and being unable to afford housing, their generation lives a bleak life tsles is only getting bleaker.
In the process, they tell each other and the guests who drop by now and then stories, some about their lives and some made up to represent aspects of their lives. Mass marketing was turning kids into mindless consumers, work was becoming impersonal with the rise of beehive-like “cubicle” work environments, and it was becoming difficult to find individual identity in an age of mass conformity and mass marketing.
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Strange, apocalyptic events acceleratted to occur. This is going to sound heretical coming from me, but I don’t think there is a Generation X.
Claire admits to a helpless desire to pursue Tobias and plans to go to New York, Andy decides to visit his parents, and Dag decides to stay put. Nor can Coupland be held responsible for the passing of time. Martin’s Press Publication date. Read more from acceoerated Study Guide. View the discussion thread.
Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture · Douglas Coupland
He is close friends with Dag and Claire. In the middle of a recession, it’s hard to feel sympathy for Coupland’s clever-clever characters, Andy, Claire and Dag, as they sit around the pool in Palm Springs and affect depression because their jobs aren’t fulfilling enough.
Just as effective were many of the other words and phrases that Coupland himself defines in what now seems a rather awkward stylistic quirk at the bottom of his pages.