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Worst. Person. Ever. Hardcover – Oct 8 2013
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“A satirical, misanthropic romp through reality television, environmental disaster and apocalyptic possibilities. Once again, Coupland...has asserted himself as a documenter of our times and anticipator of societal threats.... The plugged-in consumer-culture philosopher has created a brand of his own, becoming—and, over the long haul, remaining—a thinky superstar for a distracted era. More than 20 years after he became a pop-culture darling with Generation X, Coupland is still innovating—not simply cranking out words and sculptures, but making a significant contribution with astute observations.... As the country’s go-to guy for art, design, and contemporary social commentary, could Coupland be Canada’s Biggest. (Cultural). Brain. Ever?”
—Marsha Lederman, The Globe and Mail
“Worst. Person. Ever....is an outrageous comic riot, delivered as a tear-inducingly funny and pitch-black farce.... In its picaresque extravagance, the novel resembles a globetrotting, 21st-century version of Voltaire’s Candide.... Coupland’s eye for the strange, mesmerising wonder of modernity is being put, more than ever, to extremely dark use here. The fact that it is all so demented—and so frequently, belly-achingly hilarious—only makes that darkness all the more impressive.”
—Robert Collins, The Sunday Times
“There are Douglas Coupland novels that feel like a quiet, foggy, West Coast morning spent over a cup of tea. Others are a Zipper ride at a nighttime carnival with a belly full of fryer foods. Worst. Person. Ever. is the latter: flashy, loud, a bit unsettling, and screamingly fun. It gleefully pushes past absurdity into farce…. What follows is a series of mishaps so ridiculous, so over-the-top, the reader simply needs to let go and enjoy the ride.”
—Quill and Quire
“The novel is a scatological bun-fight of excess and debauchery, of juvenile humour peppered with bilious rage at the state of the world…. It’s riotous, frequently very funny…. I can’t locate very much seriousness, but I certainly enjoyed trying.”
—Martin Fletcher, The Independent
About the Author
DOUGLAS COUPLAND was born on a NATO base in Germany in 1961. He is the author of the international bestsellers Generation A and JPod, and nine other novels including The Gum Thief, Hey Nostradamus!, All Families Are Psychotic and Generation X, along with non-fiction works including a recent short biography of Marshall McLuhan. His work has been translated into 35 languages and published in most countries around the world. He is also a visual artist, a furniture and fashion designer, and a screenwriter. He lives and works in Vancouver.See all Product Description
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The main character is a very flawed man who really does believe he is a good person despite the karmaic justice reigned down upon him
Throughout the book you come to realize that he really is the worst.person.ever yet you find yourself cheering for him during his bizarre journey.
I bought this book instantly upon realizing Canada had an advanced release date (thanks Douglas) and could not put it down, finishing it with in 24 hours, it literally had me up at 2am laughing out loud.
If you like Douglas Coupland and "thick of it" caliber cusses then I highly recommend this book
Not your average Coupland fare, language wise.
This book made me laugh out loud a few times and was an entertaining read. The plot situations were intentionally outrageous and unbelievable, but served it's purpose. Unlike some of his other novels, you probably won't feel enlightened after you finish reading the book, but you'll at the least have a smile on your face.
Yes, there is strong language, but it suits the character perfectly. You know, "Worst. Person. Ever."? You are most likely to be offended by the language in this book if you are over 50 and rarely interact with anyone in public. If you fall into that category I'd highly recommend closing your windows when you have your roof re-shingled. As far as "offensive" language goes, Douglas has succeeded in making it witty and I'd even dare say refreshing due to the creativity involved. Essentially it's difference between a stripper and a burlesque performer. The goal is the same, the approach is different.
Enjoyable read. Definitely Coupland's unique style, which I feel has only improved book to book.
Gord read this book last year and thought it was hoot and suggested I check it out. I started out enjoying it. Raymond is an A-hole but doesn't realize it and I found him amusing. He is really nasty to others and doesn't care about the ramifications.
I thought the story was fun and was enjoying the writing style ... until the story started getting more and more stupid and boring. I tried to stick with it but finally gave up at the 67% point after the skin tag incident. Not my kind of story, I guess.
As a head's up, there is a lot of swearing.
Blog review post: http://www.teenaintoronto.com/2015/04/book-worst-person-ever-2013-douglas.html
However, the blurb on the dust jacket presents this novel as if we've never seen an unlikable male narrator before, like we're going to surprise ourselves by rooting for the anti-hero. Except literature and media is chock-full unlikable characters - Hamlet, for example, or Rabbit Angstrom, who is far more unlikable than Raymond Gunt, and we've also been inundated in the past fifteen years with male anti-heroes that we end up rooting for as well (Tony Soprano, Walter White, Dexter Morgan, etc.). Since Raymond Gunt is rather a benign character, the "shockingness" of his conversations and spiraling downwards isn't really shocking at all. It's pretty tame.
It's a fun read, but sort of passing. There are more meaningful Douglas Coupland books out there, but if you're a Coupland fan, you'll likely enjoy this.
Based on a character who is full of himself and thinks he's a gift to humanity, he encounters a series of events and people exasperated by his behaviour, yet he continues to move on with them. One would think he is doomed and it is a matter of time that someone will put an end to his life, yet, life brings him back to what is important beyound his self and fantasies.
The writing is colourfull and rich in imagery. In addition, the sere times where I would become upset, angry and sympathetic of the character as some of us experienced some of his misadventures.
Short chapters, easy reading and I would expect a sequel from the second character, Neal.
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Douglas Coupland has fast become one of my favorite authors. His gritty, flawed characters remind me a lot of Chuck Palahniuk's earlier work. Read morePublished 11 months ago by QuirkyGirl
I miss the intelligent, prophetic and meaningful Coupland of the '90s. Though humorous and entertaining at times, 'Worst. Person. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mark P
Although fowl yet funny, the authors constant need to spend paragraphs defining words, phrases and songs he quotes was a total waste of pages and reading time. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Lindaloowho2
Fast Shipping. Good Product not perfect condition though. Corner was sticky like a price tage was peeled off.Published 24 months ago by James McWade
I chose this for my bookclub not knowing anything about it because I've liked other books by Coupland. A lot of it was funny. Some of it was quite raunchy. Read morePublished on March 11 2014 by Amazon Customer
If you are a fan of any other Douglas Coupland books then this will be right up your alley. Filled with excellent humour.Published on Jan. 20 2014 by Hayden Phillips