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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In that regard, and in his faithfulness to the reality of the period, Douglas Coupland, in a hundred years, may look like Emile Zola does to us now. The result is a lightly-toned, yet intricately weaved, information-heavy traversal duglas an economically ebullient period of history. The plot of the novel has two distinct movements: Coupland’s research turned up links to the themes of Life After God. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here And yet, nobody could have said it awesomer.

Nice vignettes of a time long, long ago, when the internet was fresh and new and we all cared about what Bill Gates thought. You are commenting using your WordPress. Members Reviews Popularity Average douglass Mentions 4, 55 1, 3. The dialog is great and all of the characters are well developed. Facebook 30 Day Book Challenge Day 1: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. And in the end, I cried.

Serfs of Silicon Age”. Microserfs by Douglas Coupland Goodreads Author. Five stars for making me feel like I was back inand for not turning this group of geeks into a joke. I must master it, as I must master my life. This is a very chill read up until the last quarter, but that last quarter makes this book, without it it’s meh. He’s just so adorable, I want to squish his naive little cheeks!


The characters just talk and suddenly you are inside the story and you can’t get out and you just watch them have lives. Funny, illuminating and ultimately touching, Microserfs is the story of one generation’s very strange and claustrophobic coming of age.

The lifespan of a Microsoft coder weighs heavily on Daniel’s mind. Also, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a sucker for ensembles. As I was reading this, 16 years after it came out, I was amazed at how well Coupland captured the 90s and the beginning of the technological age.

He broke down crying. What a difference twenty years makes! The technical aspects of the plot such as it is were laughable then and even more ridiculous now, but the dreams and aspirations and the surreality of life in both places — and ages, as the characters grope through their 20’s and growing up — come through clearly. Susan, bored with the misogynist asexuality of nerd life, starts a movement for feminist techies- -called Chyx.

And by that I mean the culture of the time rather than the place. The characters come to life fast and believably, and their diversity makes their commonality even more appreciable.

The characters’ lives change drastically once they leave the limited sphere of the Microsoft campus and enter the world of “One-Point-Oh”.

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There were more serious themes too, such as finding love, how older generations are lost on the new tides of the technology boom, finding duglas and meaning in life after the success-driven ‘s.

Polaroids from the Dead. What makes this different from, say, a film li Although this book is of its time, there is a high nostalgia factor here, at least for me, especially as I was nearly the same age as the author when he was writing in It slides and hops from one thing to the couplxnd, through brief anecdotes and heavy interpretation from the narrator or another microsers delivering analysis in thoughtful a partes.


Young people working for Microsoft decide to make a bid for freedom by founding their own software company. And here’s one more list for the road.

What are your favourite books? This book is funny, and especially for the one’s who are more familiar with software and the computer-business, it’s a big surplus.

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Microserfs is an argument that certain truths are always truths, no matter what trends are being fucked that day. As I was reading I thought of getting lost, near Seattle, in what seemed like an endless landscape of strip malls and Olive Gardens.

Douglas Coupland is a talented writer, he knows how to write a book, no doubt about it; why he decided to use his talents to write these lame novels is beyond my understanding. When I was in high school, I read Generation X and Life After God and was thrilled by these tales of wry, vibrant, lost characters who fought for real meaning when their culture caused them to shrug at tragedy and love and weep over reruns and advertising campaigns I was a pretty lonely teenager, obviously.

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I’d pay for that kind of thing to happen during every book I’m reading. In some ways, they detest their own lego-ization, they fear the duality that seems to divide their minds and their bodies, they struggle with what a prism identity is becoming, and fight to assert their true selves in tandem with technology.

Dan was getting a life. Since then he has published nine novels and several non-fiction books in 35 languages and most countries on earth. Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you’ll like this book.