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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Dusty [in Douglas Coupland’s Microserfs]. It’s not quite five stars, but there are enough good points it’s more than 4. 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.
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 kicroserfs growing up — come through clearly. The book does a great job capturing xoupland Silicon Valley nerd culture in the 90s, how it seemed to exist suspended in its own bubble world.
Aug 27, Shinynickel rated it it was amazing. The Ethan character reminded me so much of someone I used to work with that I wondered if it really was based on him.
Coupland lived in Redmond, Washington for six weeks and Palo Alto, Silicon Valley for dougls months researching the lives of Microsoft workers. If you happen to have the edition I have, please look at these pages and have your multiple bookgasms: I had just started the book, so our conversation was a total emotional and contextual amplifier for my Microserfs experience.
He has douglxs and performed for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, England, and in resumed his practice as a visual artist, with exhibitions in spaces in North America, Europe and Asia. Michael is a recluse who will eat only crackers, Kraft singles, and other flat foods that can be slid beneath closed doors.
There were more serious themes too, such as finding love, how older generations are lost on the new tides of the technology boom, finding purpose and meaning in life after the success-driven ‘s. Jun 20, Karl H. Michelle “I heart Lisa Computers This is my computer. I didn’t know Douglas Coupland was the voice of a generation, and anyway, it wasn’t even MY generation. Nice vignettes of a time long, long ago, when the internet was fresh and new and we all cared about what Bill Gates thought.
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.
But then this startlingly banal observation was suddenly interrupted by an even more banal instant mail I got from my web e-mail servers. I kind of hated this book. The whole ‘having a life’ trope ends being exquisite. It’s as if I had gone into a time machine and emerged 20 years in the past. That’s like a billion person-hours a day spent, and yet none of the stories we tell, or the books we write, take place in an office.
Microserfs is the hilarious journal of Dan, an ex-Microsoft programmer who, with his coder comrades, is on a quest to find purpose in life. Amazon Kindle 0 editions.
If Microserfs was a Jeopardy board the categories would be: He manages to work something out by the story’s end, although it must be said that most readers will see the finale a good six blocks away.
View all 5 comments. The TimesJune 24, Does that make for an exciting book? But I’m not in my twenties anymore either–things would probably look different to me now if I was Jul 14, Hristina rated it really liked it Shelves: Glen Rotchin rated it really liked it.
The majority of the main characters—Daniel the narratorSusan, Todd, Bug, Michael, and Abe—are living together in a “geek house”, and their lives are dedicated to their projects and the company. Books by Microseerfs Coupland.
Serfs of Silicon Age”. The TimesJuly 24, Susan [in Douglas Coupland’s Microserfs].
Although Daniel Underwood alias danielu microsoft. Add to Your books. Books Read in I am not a coder, but even I know that if a product is not ready seven days before it ships, our hero probably would not be wandering around talking to people or preparing to take vacation time.
The characters in Microserfs are multi-dimensional, intros Reading Microserfs for the first time right now is a strange feeling.
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