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Generation A by Douglas Coupland

Generation A (2009)

by Douglas Coupland

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Set in the near future world where all bees are extinct when 5 unconnected people from varying parts of world are each stung. Their experience unites them in ways they could not have imagined.

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Im glad I read this after Player One as it's a far better book and it would have been disappointing the other way around. Player One even re-uses a couple of ideas from this book and not as well.
As for Generation A - very enjoyable. ( )
  Superenigmatix | Jan 16, 2016 |
I love Douglas Coupland. I think his books are amazing and they have yet to disappoint. [b:Generation A|6093864|Generation A|Douglas Coupland|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320492748s/6093864.jpg|6270883] is about a dwindling population. It follows the lives of five young adults who were all stung by bee's in a world where bee's were thought to be extinct. ( )
  momma182 | Jun 23, 2015 |
The book started out interesting enough for me and I was able to get through the earlier parts quickly. However, later on, the story started to drag a bit for me. I did manage to finish it, and the story was relevant to the times and not really so bad, but it wasn't as great as I expected. It's only the second book of Coupland's I've read, the first being Life After God, which I much enjoyed and made me expect more from Generation A. However, I've browsed through other reviews of this book, so I'm not really discouraged about trying his other works. ( )
  thioviolight | Oct 29, 2014 |
What a fantastic read this was. Funny, this book reminded me of Chuck Pahalniuk's "Haunted" because it had the same format (stories within the story). Comparing the two... Coupland far surpassed that of Pahalniuk. I probably feel a connection to the book because it brought up many ideas and thoughts about reading itself, it really had me thinking. The main plot line was pretty strong for a book with this format and I think the reason I gave it such a high rating was because it worked so well. The rating probably wouldn't have been so high had I not read "Haunted" before this. Since I have been accustomed to this style it didn't set me back like it has for some other reviewers. I highly recommend this to any Coupland fan or anyone who loves to read. The book focuses greatly on reading, creativity and the connection it has to our brain (although not in a very realistic, scientific way). If you live to read then I think you would enjoy this. ( )
  yougotamber | Aug 22, 2014 |
I haven't read Coupland in almost a year so I forgot how delightfully weird his books are. But they are strange in way that is completely normal to the Couplandverse. Very interesting theme of the importance of storytelling and our need for stories as human beings. ( )
  newskepticx | Dec 18, 2013 |
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Still, the plot of Generation A, which in another writer’s hands might gallop into geopolitical-thriller territory, plays harmony to trademark Couplandian insight: As Diana is taken away from her house, now covered in an isolation bubble, she says “For the first time in my life, the future felt futuristic”; for Julien, the sting took away a life “like a video game that resets to zero every time I wake up.” It’s in these details, not the overall picture, that readers will find the generation of which Vonnegut spoke, though as with Coupland’s Generation X, it isn’t a complete portrait. An initially puzzling backdrop gives the narrative just enough momentum to nose these characters into a place where they can explore how much they have in common.
If Generation X gave us “tales for an accelerated culture,” then Generation A is its natural extension, offering tales for the information overloaded. The bite-sized chapters and witty tone will appeal to those with perpetual attention defi cits, and bits of pop culture sprinkled liberally throughout will attract readers highly attuned to the current zeitgeist. Coupland clearly understands the minds of the current generation – young people who have never known a time without the Internet – and plays on their desire to jump continually from one subject to the next.
Generation A feels like a slow-motion demonstration of the ways in which technology is destroying story, and not the enacted triumph of story over technology that Coupland so clearly wishes it to be.
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"Terrorize, threaten and insult your own useless generation. Suddenly you've become a novel idea and you've got people wanting to join in. You've gained credibility from nothing. You're the talk of the town. Develop this as a story you can sell."

Malcolm McLaren
"Now you young twerps want a new name for your generation? Probably not, you just want jobs, right? Well, the media do us all such tremendous favors when they call you Generation X, right? Two clicks away from the very end of the alphabet. I hereby declare you Generation A, as much at the begining of a series of astonishing triumphs and failures as Adam and Eve were so long ago."

Kurt Vonnegut
Syracuse University commencement address
May 8, 1994
To Anne Collins
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How can we be alive and not wonder about the stories we use to knit together this place we call the world?
Praying is funny. When you pray, you leave the day-to-day time stream and enter a quieter place that uses different clocks and values things that can't be seen.
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