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. Microserfs. Seven Days in the Life of Young Microsoft. Maybe the search for the next great compelling application is really the search for human.
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I’m amazed we don’t see 50 books a week on office life. Project Gutenberg 0 editions. Maybe there was a reason I read your Eleanor Rigby, twice, in a row, after all. Dan was getting a life. It’s an outstanding book. Pages to import images to Wikidata. It turns out they were forming a template of the way everyone else in the world works in and around information.
Microserfs by Douglas Coupland
Reading it now as less of a Luddite admittedly, with a job creating websitesit seems not only prescient one of the characters notes he receives 60 emails a day, they drink Starbucks, et al. In “Microserfs,” characters bond through their efforts to find a meaningful purpose in life beyond the realms of Microsoft, while the characters if “JPod” immerse themselves in their technology-focused jobs to escape the reality of their lives in which they struggle to communicate their feelings and deal with their pasts.
The book does a great job capturing the Silicon Valley nerd culture in the 90s, how it seemed to exist suspended in its own bubble world.
Feb 01, Adrienne rated it it was ok. That’s kind of sad when you think about it. I feel this is the right place to be, because the book evoked lots of “Yeah It is so painful when people you’re currently talking to about “what’s up” matters just shut you up when you delve into big questions about life. I read and re-read it through high school and college.
Yet for an author of books in which technology regularly takes center stage, Coupland isn’t particularly interested in it from a practical point of view. Novel fictionnot children’s or YA 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 cou;land wandering around talking to people or preparing to take vacation time.
But since I’m not from that generation perhaps it’s lost on me. It’s like Big Bang Theory.
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. De humor negro, geek, de nerds, pero humor al fin y al cabo. Aug 21, Luis rated it it was amazing. In his latest novel, “Generation A,” Douglas Coupland digs deeper into the “retribalizing” effects of electronic technologies.
Nov 27, Petra Eggs rated it really liked it Shelves: He would be sitting in his cubicle for 14 hour shifts, trying desperately to make the deadline. Coupland, The TimesJune I’m also not sure why it’s still considered such a classic, given that everything in it is a dated time capsule almost entirely irrelevant to the world today I kind of hated this book.
It’s not a sad ending, microerfs don’t worry about that. It can be hysterical at micdoserfs moment and very sad the next. The American Experience in Fiction I enjoy reading nerdy lists of things, like which school is the nerdi Reasons why I love both this book and Douglas Coupland: Amazon Kindle 0 editions. But it’s not about the technology, and it’s not about the business. Highly amusing little book of coders all aged 32, mentally if not in couplanc, being obsessed with programming and living their messy student-type lives shaped by micrsoerfs consuming passion.
It might be less a novel of growth for our times than a historical artifact, capturing that experience that was the 90s, or it might just be the novel that somehow captured my life.
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.
Microserfss my computer, I am useless. I must master it, as I must master my life. So be it until there is no enemy, but peace. A glimpse into the beginning of the tech world that is now a part of all our lives but once was for nerds only. For Microserfs, I am straddling these two reader-type extremes: If Microserfs was a Jeopardy board the categories would be: Who hasn’t had that cut up mouth feeling from a bowl of Captain Crunch?
Shortly before the publication of MicroserfsCoupland began to distance himself from his label as spokesperson for Generation X. Mixroserfs be it until there is no enemy, but peace. That sounds like s SF, but it’s become the world.
He imagines this to be a key toward ultimate common understanding and peace. Mac user since The This is a very chill read up until the last quarter, but that last quarter makes this book, without it it’s meh.
Oh, for that dream of the nineties! Several coded messages are included within the text: The story would later be expanded into the novel. And by that I mean the culture of the time rather than the place.
Microserfs by Douglas Coupland
If the situation had mocroserfs in the real world, I think the 40 year old man in diapers scenario would be more likely. Daniel’s foundations are shaken when his father, a longtime employee of IBMis laid off. I have read one other of Coupland’s works and was equally disappointed.