DOUGLAS COUPLAND GENERATION X TALES FOR AN ACCELERATED CULTURE PDF

The framing story is that of three friends—Dag, Claire, and the narrator, Andy—are living together in the Coachella Valley in southern California. The tales are told by the various characters in the novel, which is arranged into three parts. The novel was set circa , in the then-rapidly growing and economic booming-turned-into-depressed communities of Palm Springs and the Inland Empire region. Some characters were born and raised in Los Angeles and suburban Orange County.

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The framing story is that of three friends—Dag, Claire, and the narrator, Andy—are living together in the Coachella Valley in southern California. The tales are told by the various characters in the novel, which is arranged into three parts.

The novel was set circa , in the then-rapidly growing and economic booming-turned-into-depressed communities of Palm Springs and the Inland Empire region. Some characters were born and raised in Los Angeles and suburban Orange County. Part One[ edit ] The first part of the novel takes place over the course of a picnic. Andrew, Dag, and Claire tell each other stories—some personal, others imagined—over the course of the day.

Each character represents a cultural type; Elvissa is constantly stuck in the past, Tobias is a " yuppie ", Tyler is a "global teen", and the neighbours represent members of an older generation. Part Three[ edit ] In this section, the novel continues to pull back its focus, as Andy and Claire travel away from California. Again, the frame is enlarged to include additional characters. Claire travels to New York, while Andy takes a dreaded trip to visit his family in Portland.

Andy is a bartender a " McJob ", as he describes it. He is close friends with Dag and Claire. He is from Portland, Oregon. Dagmar "Dag" Bellinghausen[ edit ] A former office worker, he now works with Andy at the bar, and lives next door to him. He is obsessed with the possibility of a nuclear holocaust , and is prone to occasional erratic behavior.

Unlike the other characters who are American , he is a Canadian, from Toronto. Claire Baxter[ edit ] A friend of Andy and Dag that lives in a neighboring bungalow. She is from a large family connected by multiple divorces.

She wants to live life as Andy and Dag are trying to, but struggles, partially because of her relationship with Tobias. She is from Los Angeles, California. He finds the lifestyle of Andy, Dag, and Claire to be interesting, but is unable to commit to it. Neither Andy nor Dag likes him, and he is a foil to the other characters in the novel. Yuppies in the novel were thought to represent Orange County where they grew up , the Inland Empire where they live and L.

She finds herself constantly trapped in the past, never quite catching up to the modern world. The character represented the poverty and desolation of the Mojave and Sonoran deserts of California, particularly Palm Springs when spring breakers once partied there and where young gay couples moved en masse during the s.

As the youngest child in a large family, he is somewhat spoiled, but secretly wishes he could live as Andy does.

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