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Microserfs (1995) [Novel]
by Douglas Coupland Rating: Weighted - 8.2 / Average - 8.2 of 10 (24 votes) (Rate!)
Reviews: 3 (show them) Review!

Summary (From the publisher):

A hilarious, fanatically detailed, and oddly moving book about a handful of misfit Microsoft employees who realize that they don't have lives and subsequently become determined to get lives inside the lightning-paced world of high-tech 1990's American geek culture.

Amid a Seattle backdrop of software corporate cultishness ("B-B-B-B-Bill!") and the financial terror of San Francisco and Silicon Valley tech startups, the members of Coupland's quirky ensemble "stick a piece of dynamite inside themselves, like a cartoon cat, in the hopes that when they reassemble their exploded pieces they will be somebody different."

Coupland gives readers an intimate, deadly accurate, and very funny view of a way of life that is quickly becoming the dominant way of life: friends, families, and lovers falling through the trapdoors of the new electronic order and becoming involved in an engaging, awkward scramble toward love and success in a brave new world.
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Original title: Microserfs
Original languages: English

Quotes: 1 (show them)

Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

This work is excerpted in the following works :
     Hive of Dreams (2003) [Anthology]
      Authors: Ursula K. Le Guin , William Gibson , Neal Stephenson , Octavia E. Butler , Douglas Coupland , Greg Bear , John Varley , Richard Powers , Joanna Russ , Michael Coney , Molly Gloss , Ted Chiang

Edition #1: Microserfs

Microserfs (1995)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "The novel's real fun is in the frequent and rapidly fired pop-culture references that span the 70s, 80s, and 90s... and Coupland uses them with relish." Entertainment Weekly
  • "Coupland is the crowned king of North American pop culture." NME
  • "Cool irony and hipster cynicism are clearly not Coupland's intentions here: from beneath the sleek, wipe-clean prose of Microserfs slowly emerges a yearning for spiritual depth and permance in a world of random misfortune and economic turbulence. Coupland has grown up with his reads, finally living up to his early promise. His most satisfying and substantial novel yet." Stephen Dalton, Vox
  • "The kooky aphoristic ripeness of Coupland's writing almost succeeds in making us forget the hollowness of these live-to-work lives. In the first 50 pages, there are more one-liners than in a decade of Woody Allen films." Robin Hunt, Guardian
  • "A funny and stridently topical novel. Coupland continues to register the buzz of his generation." Jay McInerney, New York Times
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Microserfs (October 7, 1996)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Flamingo
ISBN: 0006548598
Dimensions: 5.2 x 7 x 0.9 in
Pages: 384

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Microserfs (June 19, 1996)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Harper & Brothers
ISBN: 0060987049
Dimensions: 5.3 x 8 x 0.9 in
Pages: 384

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Microserfs (1995)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Flamingo
ISBN: 0002244047
Pages: 371

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