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 have a number of his works on my micfoserfs, including his best known book, Generation X, but Microserfs really caught my eye and was just begging to be read, perhaps because of the LEGO on the cover I was a huge LEGO geek as a child. 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.

Microserfs by Douglas Coupland

In certain parts it was almost as if Coupland had somehow peeked into the future before he wrote Microserfs. This novel has aged very well and I think it really is essential reading for someone looking to understand this part of the 90s.

Microserfs is written as the journal of Dan Microsergs, which he keeps on his PowerBook. The narration reads like what today would be a blog; it switches smoothly between story telling and sidetracked vignettes that expand on the themes of the book. Being set in the early 90s in Silicon Valley, this novel takes place right on the precipice of monumental and world-altering change. Coupland explores this world with such specific detail that you feel like you coulland like you are a part of it.


Microserfs by Douglas Coupland

The cast of the story are a group of computer geeks who are all incredibly talented at what they do and I think too smart for their own good. Their conversations range from mundane things like meals purchased late at night at the microwerfs Safeway to complex metaphysical topics like the nature of the human soul.

The dialog is great and all of the characters are well developed. After the first chapter I thought that his might be a novel that is more character driven as opposed to story driven; after about 40 pages though the story really gets rolling and a lot starts to happen, creating the perfect balance of people and action.

Douglas Coupland makes a lot of cuopland in his novel that eventually came to pass, including the proliferation of the personal computer and the web, the dot-com bubble and the collapse of much of the new wealth that was created in the early 90s, and the ad nauseum syndication of The Simpsons. The writing and prose of the book reads very smoothly; 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 couplanr use of fonts.

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I think Microserfs is a more relevant book now than when it was originally written.

In it was a humorous examination of current Silicon Valley culture; now, inthis book microerfs a detailed document of the beginning of this new historical epoch which we are living in. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

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