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Douglas Coupland, Author
Douglas Coupland, Author ReganBooks $21 (371p) ISBN 978-0-06-039148-5
Reviewed on: 05/29/1995
Release date: 06/01/1995
Paperback - 384 pages - 978-0-06-098704-6
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-694-51560-8
Paperback - 978-0-614-97780-6
Paperback - 371 pages - 978-1-55468-366-6
Hardcover - 978-0-00-105229-1
Hardcover - 384 pages - 978-0-00-654859-1
Ebook - 400 pages - 978-0-06-210596-7
Paperback - 371 pages - 978-0-06-162426-1
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With his nose to the zeitgeist, the author of Generation X again examines the angst of the white-collar, under-30 set in this entertaining tale of computer techies who escape the serfdom of Bill Gates's Microsoft to found their own multimedia company. The story is told through the online journal of Danielu@microsoft.com, an affable, insomniac, 26-year-old aspiring code writer. Together with his girlfriend Karla, a mousy shiatsu expert with a penchant for Star Trekky aphorisms, and a tight clique of maladjusted, nose-to-the-grindstone housemates, he relocates to a Lego-adorned office in Palo Alto, Calif., to develop a product called Object Oriented Programming (Oop!), a form of virtual Lego. Much of the story concerns the the Oop! staff's efforts to raise capital and ``have a life'' amid 18-hour work days. Dan's journal, like much prose on the Internet, abounds in typos, encrypted text, emoticons-:) for happy and :( for sad-and random snippets of information, a format that suits Copland's disjointed, soundbite-heavy fiction. Yet the randomness and nonlinearity of cyberspace hobble narrative. Amid endless digital chitchat and pop-philosophy, this novel's more serious ruminations about the physical and social alienation of life on the Information Superhighway never achieve any real complexity. (June)
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