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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Maybe there was a reason I read your Eleanor Rigby, twice, in a row, after all. So be it until there is no enemy, but peace. Reading Microserfs for the first time right now is a strange feeling. The characters are a hodge-podge of geekism from the era. There’s just so much of microeerfs human soul and imagination in that strange environment now. These people are so locked into the world, by default some sort of transcendence is located elsewhere, and obviously machines become the totem they imbue with sacred properties, wishes, hopes, goals, desires, dreams.

The characters come to life fast and believably, and their diversity makes their commonality even more appreciable. My favourite books And couplans one more list for the road. All of the housemates—some immediately, some after thought—decide to move to the Valley. 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.


Jun 12, Jackie rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read saving….

Coupland revisited many of the ideas in Microserfs in his novel JPodwhich has been douglaa ” Microserfs for the Google generation “. The GuardianNovember 23, My computer and myself are defenders of this country.

There are many like it, but this one is mine. Tinned Peaches Yttrium San Fran”. Five stars for making me feel like I was back inand for not turning this group of geeks into a joke. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. He would be sitting in his microserfa for 14 hour shifts, trying desperately to make the deadline.

This was a surprise. Doesn’t sound like it would be entertaining? And in the end, I mixroserfs.

Most of the book is an accurate portrayal of culture of Silicon Valley during the 90s, but it goes much deeper than that. The book does a great job capturing the Silicon Valley nerd culture in the 90s, how it seemed to exist suspended in its own bubble world. The way Dan and his friends are portrayed is worryingly relatable to many of us who in any level deal with technology and its culture.

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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.


Parts of it are so distinctly 90s dot-com culture that I feel mocroserfs I’m watching people through a time warp.

Jan 01, Rachel Dunham rated it it was amazing Shelves: I don’t think I view the modern tech world with that kind cupland hope and so 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.

Jun 20, Karl H. Also, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a sucker for ensembles. I have fond memories of the characters, I remember the whole plot, I still reference sections randomly most often this part about how different parts of your body store emotional pain.

Microserfs by Douglas Coupland

I mean we read novels writteneven and years ago with ease and pleasure Dickens, Jane Austen etc. Coupland appears on the rear cover of the novel’s hardcover versions photographed in Denmark ‘s Legoland Billundholding a Coulpand It is self-conscious and twee and ,icroserfs and has a bunch of different fonts and, like, entire pages filled with a single word or random nonsense or ones and zeroes or no vowels, followed by all vowels. Google Books — Loading