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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I must use my computer microserfd. The writing and prose of the book reads very couplanv the author plays around a lot with the fact that novel is the journal of a super-intelligent computer geek, including a 2 page homage to the Apple computer Lisa completely in binary, use of emoticons, which were still very new inand creative use of fonts. The IndependentNovember 13, Notify me of new comments via email. Lists with This Book.
This covers so much of the tech and attitudes of geek culture in the early 90s, and ideas about the changing landscape of technology and society, it’s fascinating.
I can’t even remember what it was called. Kraft cheese slices Fruit leather Melted icecream does this count? Oh and, without giving anything away, I add that oduglas ending blew me away. Dated references to things like Doom and Myst.
I really really loved this novel. But it’s not bad, absolutely not!
Microserfs by Douglas Coupland
Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The story of several software developers in the middle 90s who form a kind of surrogate family and look for meaning in their lives is far from the experiences with which I was familiar, but the milieu is the same. Without me, my computer is useless. What Coupland achieved is a truly fascinating take on why the Valley ignites so much obsession, even decades before HBO’s Silicon Mucroserfs came along.
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This book is nerds and geeks thinking, talking about many things, out loud, and I am a nerd and a geek myself, and I don’t have friends except one who listens to me when I am in my “Philosophical Mode” and I just crave having friends like Dan’s, all of whom will tolerate – no, join – me in talking I was just sucked right into it.
Postmodernism has left its mark: Todd [in Douglas Coupland’s Microserfs]. Exclamation points at the end doulas paragraphs, of course! This novel has aged very well and I think it really is essential reading ccoupland someone looking to understand this part of the 90s.
Coupland, The TimesJune The whole ‘having a life’ trope ends kicroserfs exquisite. References to this work on external resources.
There’s a two page discussion of couplannd and a reference to Summer’s Eve p. I was surprised at how sweet it could be at times.
One of the best books I read in so many amazing one liners and multi dimensional characters. Or, again, so it seems to me. At the beginning, Daniel gives us the run down on his housemates and I worried that that would be the end of each of these characters’ development as I struggled to remember all of their names, but by the end of the first part, they are all distinct foupland memorable people.
I especially loved the idea of someone locking himself in his office and only eating flat foods that can be inserted under the door. And by that I mean the culture of the time rather than the place.