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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He manages to work something out by the story’s end, although it must be oduglas that most readers will see the finale a good six blocks away. Living together in a sort of digital flophouse –“Our House of Wayward Mobility” — they desperately try to cultivate well-rounded lives and find love amid the dislocated, subhuman whir and buzz of their computer-driven world.

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Microserfs · Douglas Coupland

When I was in high school, I read Generation X and Life After God and was thrilled by these rouglas 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.


So, good job, Douglas! This is my computer. Feb 21, Steve rated it it was amazing Shelves: I feel this is the right place to be, because the book evoked lots of “Yeah If this book were featured on jeopardy its categories would be: I really enjoyed witnessing the build up from friendship to family between the characters, and that really shines in the finale which is why, I guess, I can’t stop talking about it.

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Is this book appropriate content and reading level wise for a middle school audience? Coupland revisited many of the ideas in Microserfs in his novel JPodwhich has been labeled ” Microserfs for the Google generation “. Books of the s He captures the spirit of the times we live in by setting his novels in those places that history will look back upon as trend-setting, avant-garde cultures. I was a dorky high school kid, but not dorky in any way much connected to computer programming, so there was no reason for me fall for a book about a bunch of cynical Microsoft employees living in pre-tech boom Silicon Valley.

What posters are on their bedroom walls? Aug 27, Shinynickel rated it it was amazing. This struck me as very one point oh, so here it is.

What does the binary code on pages and say? Young people working for Microsoft decide to make a bid for freedom by founding their own software company. If the situation had happened in the real world, I think the 40 year old man in dougls scenario would be more likely. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Doesn’t sound like it would be entertaining?


It’s an outstanding book. The novel is presented in the form of diary entries maintained on a PowerBook by the narrator, Daniel.

I was surprised at how sweet it could be at times.

MICROSERFS by Douglas Coupland | Kirkus Reviews

This novel, written and set in the mids, is about a group of Microsoft employees who quit, move to Silicon Valley, and start a company of their own. I must compute faster than my enemy who is trying to kill me. Even Abe was getting a life. What a difference twenty years makes! Life at the campus feels like a feudalistic society, with Bill Gates as the lord, and the employees the serfs.

Polaroids from the Dead. This was a surprise. My breath made them stir, and they rocks took flight, the earth exploding It isn’t as if there weren’t plenty of scary things still in existence during the period ofbut in general there was a different feel to life than couoland is today.