Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland is a Canadian author, artist, and designer born on December 30, 1961. He is best known for his first novel, 'Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture,' published in 1991. The book popularized the term 'Generation X' and established Coupland as a voice for that generation. His work often addresses the contemporary human condition, technology, postmodern spirituality, and the impact of modern consumer culture. In addition to writing, Coupland is also involved in visual arts and design projects.


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  1. 1. Generation X

    The book is a novel that captures the disaffections of young adults growing up in the late 20th century, specifically those born in the late 1950s to the early 1980s. It follows the lives of three friends who have retreated to the California desert to escape the complexities and frustrations of the modern world. Through their stories, the novel explores themes of aimlessness, consumer culture, and the search for authenticity in a society saturated with media and technology. The characters' tales are interspersed with quirky definitions and cartoons that reflect their cynical, yet deeply yearning outlook on life, coining terms and concepts that resonate with a generation struggling to find its identity amidst economic and social uncertainty.

    The 2936th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Microserfs

    This novel is a captivating exploration of the lives of a group of young tech workers in the 1990s, initially employed by a major software company in Silicon Valley, before venturing out to start their own company. Through the format of diary entries, the narrative delves into the personal and professional challenges they face, set against the backdrop of the rapidly evolving tech industry. The story offers a poignant look at the search for meaning amidst the bits and bytes of the digital age, touching on themes of friendship, love, and the quest for identity in a world dominated by technology.

    The 6132nd Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Girlfriend In A Coma

    This novel explores the profound impacts of loss, love, and the passage of time through the story of a teenager who falls into a coma for nearly two decades. As she sleeps, the world around her evolves, and the friends and boyfriend she leaves behind grapple with their own lives, haunted by what could have been. When she miraculously awakens, they are all confronted with a starkly changed reality and the chance to rectify past mistakes. This narrative delves into themes of apocalypse, redemption, and the enduring power of connection, challenging readers to reflect on the choices that shape our lives and the world around us.

    The 6418th Greatest Book of All Time