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 must compute faster than my enemy who is trying to kill me.

It is my life. Is this book appropriate content and reading level wise for a middle school audience? Swap 10 have, 64 want. I was left with the feeling that nothing actually micfoserfs until the last ten pages of this book, and I never connected with any of these characters.

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. It’s also basically like reading someone’s LiveJournal or blog — the book takes the form of a digital journal kept by the narrator — which wasn’t something you could just do back then.

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It did get micriserfs bit showy at times. My computer and myself are defenders of this country. Reasons why I love both this book and Douglas Coupland: 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.


That’s kind of sad when you think about it.

Books of the s Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here A novel in journal form about a group of Microsoft employees who leave the company to found a Silicon valley startup. I was going to leave it at that, after trying and failing to describe exactly the effect the book had on me, then I went and read some other reviews of it, and David’s hit it right on for me: As I was reading this, 16 years after it came out, I was amazed at how well Coupland captured the 90s and the beginning of the technological age.

Without me, my computer is useless. The GuardianNovember 23, Facebook 30 Day Book Challenge Day 1: Oct 09, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. Shortly before the publication of MicroserfsCoupland began to distance himself from his label as spokesperson for Generation X.

In that regard, and in his faithfulness to the reality of the period, Douglas Coupland, in a hundred years, may look like Emile Zola does to us now.

Coupland explores this world with such specific detail that you feel like you feel like you are a part of it. There’s a two page discussion of tampons and a reference to Summer’s Eve p. Seizing the chance to be innovators instead of cogs in the Microsoft machine, this intrepid bunch strike out on their own to form a high-tech start-up company named Oop! Tim Ferguson of Silicon.

Oh and, without giving anything away, I add that the ending blew me away. I can rem Microserfs is one of Coupland’s most populair books with a certain cult-status.

I micrlserfs tell you if this is really a good book, though, because I spent time at Microsoft in the early ‘s and I was a something then and I moved to Silicon Valley in the late ‘s and this book just got it — it understood what it meant to be coupoand this weird culture and this weird place and this weird age where anything could happen if you just worked hard microsefs and you let your health go to hell and you got to be in on one-point-oh 1. 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.


Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Guardian State of the nation. Coupland revisited many of the ideas in Microserfs in his novel JPodwhich has been labeled ” Microserfs for the Google generation “. 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 couplahd is touted as.

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Young people working for Microsoft decide to make a bid for freedom by founding their own software company. This book is totally the original Big Bang Theory. Exclamation points at the end of paragraphs, of course! Almost like an ethnography. Jun 07, Lisa Eckstein rated it really liked it Shelves: So instead of bitching we need to analyze impact and try and figure out what happens next.

Coupland, The TimesJuly