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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It seemed like these characters were actually embracing commodification, their own digitization, their own reduction to binary code. It’s science fictional without being science fiction – showing the way lives can come to be mediated by technology, the way it changes for worse and for better the way people find connections with one another.
When Microserfs first came out, most people thought it was a tightly focused anthropological look at a tiny group of historically transient information microserffs in the American Pacific Northwest. Dated references to things like Doom and Myst. These characters find themselves living together in the Valley and forging their group into an extended family, discovering themselves and the world outside of Microsoft communally.
I read and re-read it through high school and college. Oct 09, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: The ObserverNovember 12, There are many like it, but this one is mine. Best Friends Forever I must master it, as I must master my life. There’s just so much of the human soul and imagination in that strange environment now.
Five stars for making me feel like I was back inand for not turning this group of geeks into a joke. I can see somewhere in the mess of randomness that makes up the protagonists journal entries where you’d find seeds of the supposed generation x cultural manifesto this thing is touted as.
This struck me as very one point oh, so here it is. It’s science fictional without being science fiction – showing the way lives can come to be m I read several books in a row that made me cry, and this was one of them.
What if I used technology to write down my thoughts and totally zany random observations while I was reading the book? Ethan [in Douglas Coupland’s Microserfs]. I can’t ever seem to attempt to write an cuopland of some sort of “objective” review lulz so I’ll just leave you with my idiosyncratic impressions: What a difference twenty microsdrfs makes! 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.
He stitches his love of computers with the acquisition of his first real girlfriend and come to terms with the childhood death of an older brother. Oh, for that dream of microaerfs nineties!
Coupland lived in Redmond, Washington for six weeks and Palo Alto, Silicon Valley for four months researching the lives of Microsoft workers. 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.
Known as “microserfs,” they spend upward of 16 hours a day “coding” writing software as they eat “flat” foods such as Kraft singles, which can be passed underneath closed doors and mmicroserfs scan the company email to see what the great Bill might be thinking and whether he is going to “flame” one of them.
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.
Oh and, without giving anything away, I add that the ending blew me away. We are the saviours of my life. Coupland revisited many of the ideas in Microserfs in his novel JPodwhich has been labeled ” Microserfs for the Google generation “.
Microserfs · Douglas Coupland
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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 and memorable people. See, so, at one point, Daniel A snapshot of a time not so long ago, these people are familiar, even if I was never one of them.
If the situation had happened in the real world, I think the 40 year old man in diapers scenario would be more likely. Microserfs by Douglas Coupland Goodreads Author. This is a very chill read up until the last quarter, but that last quarter makes this book, without it it’s meh.
I stared at an entire screen full of these words and they dissolved and lost meaning, the way words do when you repeat them over and over — the way anything loses meaning coupalnd context is removed — the way we can quickly enter the world of the immaterial using the simplest of devices, like multiplication.
Nerds are people, too. I must use my computer true. What a weird ride! Coupland is good at bringing humor to a lot of strange situations that arise in the tech world, but what surprised me about this book was that it wasn’t just a complete comedy.
I am in between.
Become a LibraryThing Author. When I read it a few years ago, I can remember it was just too sweet for me. View all 8 comments.