Sunday, 6 October 2013

Worst. Person. Ever.

Worst. Person. Ever.
by Douglas Coupland

Hardcover, 336 pages

Warning! Not for the feint of heart. Or the easily offended. Or the moderately offended.

This book is a hilarious, rollicking frenzy of highly inventing swearing, round the world travel, and liberal pokes at humanity in general and Americans in particular. All tongue in cheek of course. If you are a fan of experimental and edgy novels, you will love this.

I found myself reading paragraphs out loud to whomever would listen to me, amazed at the words this man can string together like fascinating yet fetid beads. All the cobwebs have been blown from my brain. I loved every minute of it. 

From the Back Flap:

Worst. Person. Ever. is a deeply unworthy book about a dreadful human being with absolutely no redeeming social value. Raymond Gunt, in the words of the author, "is a living, walking, talking, hot steaming pile of pure id." He's a B-unit cameraman who enters an amusing downward failure spiral that takes him from London to Los Angeles and then on to an obscure island in the Pacific where a major American TV network is shooting a Survivor-style reality show. Along the way, Gunt suffers multiple comas and unjust imprisonment, is forced to reenact the "Angry Dance" from the movie Billy Elliot and finds himself at the centre of a nuclear war. We also meet Raymond's upwardly failing sidekick, Neal, as well as Raymond's ex-wife, Fiona, herself "an atomic bomb of pain."
Even though he really puts the "anti" in anti-hero, you may find Raymond Gunt an oddly likeable character.

Photo credit: D.J. Weir

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.

Books include: The Gum Thief  *  Generation A  *  Highly Inappropriate Tales for Young People  *  Miss Wyoming  *  JPod  *  Hey Nostradamus!  *  All Families are Psychotic  *  Eleanor Rigby  *  Worst. Person. Ever.