First book read in 2005 - Generation X

This year I intend to loosely follow the popular proposal of reading 50 books in 2005, and to post about them, too. Here comes the first.

More than a week ago, I finished Coupland’s Generation X. I know that I am not a part of this generation but, hell, I did feel portrayed in many things. This one is, indeed, a justly celebrated book.

It is not just the depiction of a generation that has its ‘midlife crisis’ in their mid twenties. It is written so wonderfully, it has such humour, it is just so fun to read!

And don’t forget the banners and definitions at the bottom of the page, such as “Economy of scale is ruining choice” or “Rebellion Postponement: The tendency in one’s youth to avoid traditionally youthful activities and artistic experiences in order to obtain serious career experience. Sometimes results in the mourning for lost youth at about age thirty, followed by silly haircuts and expensive joke-inducing wardrobes”.

One of the many bits I specially liked:

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