This novel takes the reader on-line into the brave new world of computer giant, Microsoft. There they meet the lost generation, struggling to get a life within a high-speed corporate environment.
"... 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." END
'An hilarious, moving read… Brilliantly observed, sharply written and constantly entertaining.' NME
'A funny and stridently topical novel. Coupland continues to register the buzz of his generation.' Jay McInerney, New York Times
'The writing is astonishing, the emotions genuine and the characters fully formed… Microserfs shows yet again Coupland's ability to create rather than imitate.' Irish Times
'A witty novel with real heart.' Sunday Telegraph--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Where the book is weakest is that it predated the tech sector meltdown and so the perceived reward of the old days - the vested options, read like something from another world. However, I liked the characters, and I found the way in which Coupland engages his characters to use their own talents great. I think this was the whole point of the book - that modern corporations take away ownership of end products and subsume individual identities mercilessly.
what happened? well nothing but on a reread ive realised that nothing happens, its not very... Read more