- Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
- Verlag: Harper Perennial; Auflage: Reprint (30. Mai 1996)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0060987049
- ISBN-13: 978-0060987046
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,5 x 2,2 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 133 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 345.849 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Microserfs is not about Microsoft--it's about programmers who are searching for lives. A hilarious but frighteningly real look at geek life in the '90's, Coupland's book manifests a peculiar sense of how technology affects the human race and how it will continue to affect all of us. Microserfs is the hilarious journal of Dan, an ex-Microsoft programmer who, with his coder comrades, is on a quest to find purpose in life. This isn't just fodder for techies. 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.
" ... just think about the way high-tech cultures purposefully protract out the adolescence of their employees well into their late 20s, if not their early 30s," muses one programmer. "I mean, all those Nerf toys and free beverages! And the way tech firms won't even call work 'the office,' but instead, 'the campus.' It's sick and evil."
“Coupland continues to register the buzz of his generation with fidelity.” (Jay McInerney, New York Times Book Review)
“The novel’s real fun is the frequent and rapidly fired pop-culture references that span the 70s, 80s and 90s...and Coupland uses them with relish.” (Entertainment Weekly)
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the focus, despite the occasional confrontation of a page saying something like "I AM YOUR PERSONAL COMPUTER", shifts from the materialism of life making what makes life worthwhile to the interdependency and essentiality of friendship in society. it freaks me out to think of all the technology that has made it so much harder for people to connect in society. this book is ironic: in the narrative, it brings together the people at the very root of the creation of technology that causes this separation and makes a family out of them. and really, it's not cheesy... this book seems like a direct ray of purpose from the author telling us to wake up. i think it's great. and you don't have to be a computer geek to agree.
i came across coupland my senior year of high school during a period when i was reading voraciously anything i could get my hands on. he stopped me dead in my tracks. i was - and still am - hooked. his new one, "miss wyoming", comes out in december and i already have it on order.
"microserfs" is a fine example of everything that is right (and a few things that are wrong, in the eyes of the average reader) with coupland. his characters are witty, intelligent, and most of all familiar. everyone knows a body-obsessed guy like todd, a guy who has meaningless sex in search of something better, or a girl like susan, just coming into her thirties with nothing meaningful to show for her life, therefore making changes, becoming a grrl and embracing who she is. i found myself in karla and dan. karla's need to be perfect, dan's constant desire to make his parents happy in a way that only jed could, all of this and more i find in myself. if you've never used a computer before, even if you fear computers, the characters will draw you along, make you want to know what happens next. coupland has once again found - or created - a microcosm that is as dear to his readers as the deadheads of "polaroids" or the teens-then-adults of "girlfriend."
there are a few definite things that can be seen detractions by new readers. the pages of computer thought are confusing. while i enjoyed the prince emulator, a non-computer person would probably just have been confused. also, coupland seems to appeal to a niche audience, leaving out a lot of the mainstream, john grisham and jan karon, oprah's book club type readers.
but all that aside, coupland has created another marvel and i am glad of it. part of me wishes he would get noticed by oprah or someone with similar power in the media world. i wish his brilliance would stop getting such a bad rap (i.e. the people mag review of "girlfriend"). but part of me, like a true indie fan, hopes he stays in his niche, writing for fans like me and you. i only hope that his new one is as good as this.
It also effortlessly skewers the high-tech community with laser-like accuracy, both in the oppresive, monoculture environment of Microsoft coders as well as the hyperpaced whirlwind of Silicon Valley. The book is presented in the form of a journal by Daniel Underwood, who initally identifies himself only through his Microsoft email address email@example.com. Surrounding him is a cadre of fellow coders all willing to submit their lives wholesale to their fearless corporate diety (B..B..B..Bill!), until a chance for equity and "one-point-oh" status lures them into Silicon Valley Start-up Hell. The story arc provides an exhilarating study of geeks in search of a life, with no pop-culture reference left unturned. Incredibly for a book mired so much in a technological world advancing at a logarithmic pace, it is as relevant in its characterizations and themes as the day it was published.
It's these characterizations that really make this book sing. The ensemble players seem as if they were carefully removed from a petre dish at the Atlanta Center for Dweeb Control...the bemused narrator obsessed with the randomness of popular culture, the riot grrl, the ultra-sensitive high-strung coding genius, to mention just a few...and the story arc provides them with ample room for change as they embark on their quests to find lives and loves. And again for a novel that deals with the software industry, it has an amazing feel for the female perspective. Not only are three strong women characters provided, their each distinct personalities provide the spectrum of geek-girl sensibilities. Along with a show-stopping female tirade about...well, you'll know what I'm talking about when you read it.
It is probably enough to say that Microserfs out- Generation-Xes "Generation-X", author Douglas Coupland's other study of slacker culture. Within the mechanical confines of the software industry, Coupland conjures an incredibly enjoyable and touching tale of young people finding their way out of digital serfdom.
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