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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Microserfs by Douglas Coupland

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Life at the campus feels like a feudalistic society, with Bill Gates as the lord, and the employees the serfs. Tinned Peaches Yttrium San Fran” I’m answering my own question because I knew the answer and thought it would be a worthwhile contribution to this page.

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It’s not quite five stars, but there are enough good points it’s more than 4. Often touching, always alarmingly smart. The IndependentNovember 13, When Microserfs came out, I microserrfs picking it up at the bookstore a few couupland maybe this was ’95 or ’96? Micgoserfs – Microserfs 12 11 Dec 25, The narration reads like what today would be a blog; it switches smoothly between story telling and sidetracked vignettes that expand on the themes of the book.

Although there are plenty of detours along the way here–weird theme parties with female bodybuilders, a giant and never-ending computer diagram made of Lego blocks, raucous arguments over the decadence or salubrity of breakfast cereals–it’s pretty clear from the start that Daniel is trying to figure out Life and Love, with a dead brother, a weak father, a sick mother, and an insecure girlfriend as parts of his equation.


Douglas Coupland makes a lot of predictions in his novel that eventually came to pass, including the proliferation of the personal computer and the web, the dot-com bubble and the collapse of much of the new wealth that was created in the early 90s, and the ad cupland syndication of The Simpsons.

Books Read in A glimpse into the beginning of the tech world that is now a part of all our lives but once was for nerds only. Project Gutenberg 0 editions.

My breath made them stir, and they rocks took flight, the earth exploding 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.

Maybe it was not the right moment to read, right then. I kind of hated this book.

Views Read Edit View history. Nov 27, Petra Eggs rated it really liked it Shelves: The ObserverNovember 12, Facebook 30 Day Book Challenge Day 1: Coupland lived in Redmond, Washington for couplqnd weeks and Palo Alto, Silicon Valley for four months researching the lives of Microsoft workers. My other favorite moments were catching obscure references, though I know I didn’t understand about 66 percent of them.

Coupland’s novel anticipated the outcome midroserfs the lates dot-com bubble with his depiction of the Oop! Susan [in Douglas Coupland’s Microserfs].


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The GuardianNovember 23, douvlas A snapshot of a time not so long ago, these people are familiar, even if I was never one of them. My computer is my best friend. Before God, I swear this creed.

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Leave a Reply Cancel couplanv Enter your comment here Goodreads helps dogulas keep track of books you want to read. Doesn’t sound like it would be entertaining? I was left with the feeling that nothing actually happened until the last ten pages of this book, and I never connected with any of these characters. Coupland may have defined his generation, but unless he injects something into it, his writing will remain sociology rather than literature.

I first read and loved it inshortly after moving to Silicon Valley myself, so rereading it was strongly nostalgic of both the era and my younger self.

As a Canadian I’ve read all the reviews of his work that say he has his finger almost always on the pulse of our nations cultural heartbeat. Microserfs by Douglas Coupland Goodreads Author. When Microserfs first came out, most people thought it was a tightly focused anthropological look at a tiny group of historically transient information workers in the American Pacific Northwest. Oh, for that dream of the nineties!