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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My other favorite moments were catching obscure references, though I know I didn’t understand about 66 percent of them.

Microserfs by Douglas Coupland

All I know is that I keep reading it again and again and I still think it’s good. The IndependentNovember 13, Add to Your books. The novel–narrated as an online journal by danielu microsoft. So, good job, Douglas! 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.

May 17, Patty rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I have a number of his works on my shelf, 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. Microsoft and Silicon Valley. I must master it, as I must master my life. Microserfs is written as the journal of Dan Underwood, which he keeps on his PowerBook.

I enjoy reading references to places I’ve been, like the Westin Bayshore, because I know exactly what it looks llike! That’s always something to celebrate. Asked if he views technology’s effects on society and culture as positive or negative, Coupland tells Silicon. But I loved it. If Microserfs was a Jeopardy board the categories would be: Dan and his colleagues would understand that desire as they ventured from their innominate apartments into the suburban night, probably stopping at agrabbing something to eat, and talking about where to go next.


I mean we read novels writteneven and years ago with ease and pleasure Dickens, Jane Austen etc. Dec 16, Bryan rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is funny, and especially for the one’s who are more familiar with software and the computer-business, it’s a big surplus. A bit of tech related knowledge is required.

I enjoy reading nerdy lists of things, like which school is the nerdi Reasons why I love both this book and Douglas Coupland: 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.

You’re going to stop these things? See, so, at one point, Daniel the narrator explains another character’s obsession over this device called an “answering machine. My computer is my best friend. 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.

Books Read in This is a very optimistic book, which also seems–looking back on it–to fit with the time.

Coupland revisited miccroserfs of the ideas in Microserfs in his novel JPodwhich has been labeled ” Microserfs for the Google generation “. This book is one of my all-time favorites, a bildungsroman of the techie world set between its two s axes: Douglas Coupland is what I think of as a zeitgeist writer.

Microserfs · Douglas Coupland

I am philosophically crying. The TimesJuly 24, This time around, I wondered how many of the now-familiar technical and cultural references were meaningless to me back then. The ObserverNovember 12, This isn’t just fodder for techies. This book is nerds and geeks thinking, talking about many things, out loud, and I am a nerd and a geek myself, and I don’t have friends except one who listens to me when I am in my “Philosophical Mode” and I just crave having friends like Dan’s, all of whom will tolerate – no, join – me in talking I was just sucked right into it.


Coupland, The TimesJune For Microserfs, I am straddling these two reader-type extremes: The American Experience in Fiction The thoughts and fears of the not-so-stereotypical characters are easy for any of us to relate to, and their witty conversations and quirky view of the world make this a surprisingly thought-provoking book. Douglas Coupland has been a keen observer of technology’s impact on society for almost two decades.

Pepperwings Mar 20, 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. Kraft cheese slices Fruit leather Melted icecream does this count? His first novel, Generation Xwas published in March of But it’s not bad, absolutely not!

It is my life. Then in the early 90’s The dialog is great and all of the characters are well developed.

‘Microserfs’ author Coupland talks tech

And, when I read this page book all the way through last night, and I was fascinated– not just with looking for dated references to Apple’s demise, or to “flame emails”– but for they way the characters constantly struggle not only to make sense of the eternal verities, but also tremble in the face of an overwhelming technological force that they fear will make those verities inherently irrelevant.

The sometimes short, choppy entries reminded me a lot of Kurt Vonnegut ‘s writing style; Coupland’s narrator even has the same habit of ending sections with a single exclamation.

Home Groups Talk Zeitgeist. Also, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a sucker for ensembles. I bought it because it had a neat mirror cover with a Lego microseffs.