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Generation X: Cast of characters, love 'em or hate 'em?


August C. Bourré really hates Generation X. Earlier this month, he wrote a blog explaining why he disliked it so much. Though he criticizes Douglas Coupland's use of italics and lists, August focuses on the characters as the book's main problem. I see August's point. Andy, Dag and Claire aren't charming. Frankly, they're bitchy and whiny "middle class brats" (August's words), but they're not supposed to be likable. When I look back on my early twenties, I cringe at the person I was then. I think many people can relate. We don't necessarily like the people we were 5, 10, 20 years ago, but that doesn't mean unlikeable characters are any less truthful.

What do you think of Andy, Dag and Claire? Do you need to like the characters to enjoy a book?

-- Andrea

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