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Gen-X Flotsam and Jetsam
on 20 October 2015
I really enjoy Coupland's books, and this one represents a prime return to form. It's clever, witty, meandering, a bit clinical and cool - everything I like about his work. There are no great epiphanies and not even much of a plot. But what does happen, what is said and unsaid, can be touching, entertaining, electrifying, laugh out loud funny, or melancholy - sometimes all at once. This is a nice place to start if you want a Coupland introduction.
BTW, the title above is apt. Did you know that "flotsam" is marine debris that was not deliberately thrown overboard, (as if from an accident), and "jetsam" is debris that was intentionally tossed, (as in "jettisoned")? That's exactly what Coupland gives you in his books.