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Douglas Coupland is a damn geniusYou just know the book is going to be good when the book jacket literally has a disclaimer on it saying Viewer Discretion Is AdvisedDistilled down Worst Person Ever is essentially a novel about a man Raymond who goes through life getting shit on at every turn Throughout Raymond experiences all the real life issues we go through but he experiences them during a global nuclear crisis while navigating life on an island in the middle of nowhere with his ex wife and a homeless man he recently met This book is actually LMAO funny at points Coupland is really in touch with contemporary humour and he didn t shy away from a single taboo subject He talks a lot about sex self pleasure and orgies alike he uses every swear word and swear combo imaginable and he even manages to tackle a little bit of politics WPE is a commentary on life Although it may seem exaggerated at times really there isn t a single thing that happens to Raymond that doesn t happen to someone out there in the world And even though we are not currently experiencing a nuclear crisis we certainly have in the past and than likely will in the future Raymond has his heart broken multiple times he falls in love multiple times and he experiences a twentygy an orgy with 20 people Coupland shines a light on how small the world is Raymond just so happens to keep running into people from his past and under the worst possible circumstances imaginableNow I would caution anyone who is easily offended which I doubt many of my fellow Goodreaders out there are because there are certainly things in those pages that could mark someone the wrong way But if ou approach this novel with an open mind Zero Option (Geordie Sharp, you can actually see the likeability of Raymond even through his hard outer shell and outward persona I was able to see a lot of myself in him which I found surprising He has many redeemable ualities I think this book s sweet spot was shining a spotlight on the insecurities of certain people and how those insecurities manifest For Raymond he puts on a tough outer shell but on the inside he has emotions and feelings like the rest of us He feels shame and embarrassment and even guilt Happiness and jealousy It s all there It s a reminder that even though someone may appear one way on the outside they may be completely different on the insideWhat I loved about the ending was that it all worked out for Raymond For me the lesson here was that we may all be going through awful things in our own lives but in the end its all going to be okay Great literature teachesou something about Rescued (The Missing, yourself and this book taught me to take a deep breath relax and realise it s all going to work out in the end On the writing Coupland is a rare talent sheesh that man can write a sentence I flew through the pages constantly on my toes wondering what the heck was going to happen next His writing is fluid almost inhumanely so The novel runs throughour mind like Summary you re watching it on the big screenCoupland is one of those authors that deserves a broader audience than he has I can t wait to read another one of his books In 2009 Douglas Coupland s short story Survivor was published in McSweeney s 31 and featured a cameraman on a tropical island filming a Survivor esue reality show who discovers that nuclear war has erupted in the outside world and that they on this island in the middle of nowhere could be the last remaining descendants of humanity turning their survival reality show into a reality of survival The story clearly stayed with Coupland because 4ears later he s developed the short story into a full length novel Worst Person Ever And as good as the short story was the novel is even better in fact I would say it s the Funniest Novel Of The Year Raymond Gunt is a B unit cameraman who gets a gig on the reality show Survival which starts shooting shortly on the small island nation of Kiribati in the middle of the Pacific Ocean Ray doesn t know it The Janitor (The Contenders, yet but he s about to instigate nuclear armageddon and it all starts when he picks a fight with a homeless man called Neal and ends with a hybrid piece of cutlery Ray is also a despicable person who treats everyone like something he stepped in thinks only of himself in every instance and is a sleazy hateful miserable middle aged man and he thinks he s a decent bloke And actually as a protagonist he is a fully engaging completely fascinating person even if he is a swineou can t help but love his misadventures But I don t want to make ou think that he does anything truly heinous that goes too far because he s endlessly likeable Think of characters like Flashman or Blackadder Ray is like them in nearly every way bungling his way through things and somehow making out ok in the end Kind of Because Ray has hideously bad luck which makes for one hell of an entertaining read for us the readers Ray s lengthy journey from London to Kiribati consumes much of the novel as he and his faithful companion Neal the former homeless man turned personal assistant take numerous planes to reach the island but pretty much everything that can go wrong does go wrong for Ray and the disastrous travel arrangements become the stuff of classic comedy I should also mention that despite being homeless Neal is incongruously sexually attractive to all women On their flight out to LA Ray is booked in business class and Neal in coach but after the first of many mishaps with customs the tickets get switched and Ray winds up in a middle seat in coach between some Bunuel children basically special needs kids who scream constantly After enduring enough screams and clothing stains Ray heads to business class where he finds Neal sat next to Cameron Diaz sharing champagne and flirtations with her This is the beginning of some superbly put together misanthropic statements from Ray who calls Neal a fecal scented golem and the stewardess who tries to throw him out lady ctly mcrazorpanties leading to what ou would expect would happen when ou verbally assault a stewardess in a post 911 world But in the next plane he does manage to get a first class seat leading to this brilliant passage As I settled in a gratifying phalanx of the babbling poor began scuttling past back towards the fartulent rabbit warren of coach It was all I could do not to stick out my leg and trip these fking losers but knowing that I had the power to do so was all it took to make me glow inwardly and refrainFirst class filled up bit by bit Nice enough looking lot most likely took a bath before coming to the airport not on the dole or whatever it s called in the States haven t et sold their children to work in thrice a day stage showings of burro sex If The Indispensable Faulkner you didn t enjoy that passage this novel simply isn t forou Ray remains a prickly but fiercely elouent narrator throughout the story who remains at odds with nearly everyone he meets and vice versa With the one exception of Neal who despite consistent abuse from Ray remains cheerfully upbeat and stands or less alongside him In fact their relationship and Ray s vitriolic verbiage Neal less than a week ago Pack Up the Moon your entire physical being resembled a dag hanging from a sheep s ahole reminded me a lot of the TV series Blackadder with Ray as Blackadder and Neal as Baldrick albeit a sexually charged Baldrick though no less smelly Which is to say that Coupland manages to replicate one of the greatest comedy couplings ever and actually make them as funny if not so with fresh unexplored scenarios and no limits on adult material One of these ingenious scenarios happens later on the way to Kiribati when they approach a remote island in the Pacific controlled by the US Military called Wake Island Ray is asked to close his blinds on the approach to landing and refuses going so far as to say in Morse code try and make me lower my blindsou fking American cts which leads to a punishment that s both cruel and unusual re enacting the angry dance. Douglas Coupland's gloriously filthy side splittingly funny and unforgettable new novel his first full length work of fiction in four ears 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 steami.
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From Billy Elliott in front of the entire island s personnel and includes a link to a Youtube video of that scene that I imagine will be useful for those reading the e book version of this Other highlights in the book include an amazing discussion on the merits of hypothetically having sex with either goats or sheep a dare to steal a skin tag from an unsuspecting crew member the mysteries of the red plastic brilliant imaginary letters from Ray to the reader and The Gods and a hilarious list of spam ingredients that include unsold Shrek DVDs broken dreams and kittens with mittensAnd speaking of spam here s a passage from the novel describing spam which I loved I sat down on the floor and opened a sample can of God s Meat with its little key Its clear jelly bits soaked up a ray of sun coming through a plastic roof vent Fking marvellous like the beginning of the universe really Subtle beige chunks of tallow surrounded by pinkish grey mystery tissue fine Roman marble As much as I ve talked a lot about the novel s contents it contains much much and these details are just the tip of an inspired comedy iceberg I haven t even mentioned how the teasing of a victim of Homeland Security by Ray inexplicably leads to nuclear armageddon or how a vintage t shirt of The Cure and the misspelling of Harry Potter somehow become overly important plot points in the story Fans of Coupland will recognise his famous footnotes wittily explaining esoteric mentions by the characters a plot device seen as far back as his first novel Generation X which also riffed on an end of the world scenario and Coupland s humour from books like Microserfs All Families Are Psychotic and jPod is here but amplified far beyond what ou d expect This is a book where I was constantly smiling as I read it and literally crying with laughter in some scenes Worst Person Ever has an amazingly uniue narrative voice in Raymond Gunt who thinks things like Christ how do people manage not to shag their own kids when embraced by his attractive teenage daughter Emma but importantly just thinks it and doesn t do anything further so it s ok to still like him The rest of the varied cast are incredible from his viper like TV exec former wife with a grudge against him his self involved disturbing mother the brilliant Neal and a revolving door of female characters whom Ray tries often unsuccessfully to get off with at inappropriate times much to the disgust of their boyfriendsIt s a superbly written story that s well paced and never boring hysterically funny and genuinely inspired It s a novel Henry and June you ll want to force on people not for its message or anything else beyond the fact that it s so damn entertaining that it ll make anyone want to put down every other form of media to consume it Worst Person Ever isn t just the funniest novel of theear or maybe the best book of Coupland s career but is also the best novel of the ear Impending nuclear annihilation was never so much fun This latest offering by Coupland doesn t disappoint The writing is hilarious in an I shouldn t be laughing at this kind of way It also made me wonder if I was also terrible person for agreeing with much of the main character s horrid actionsThis book was such a treat to read Although mildly offensive the main character is such a loser that ou won t be that botheredMy only ualm was that the plethora of definitions for commonly known items got annoying However by the end of the novel the scattering of info tidbits grew on meOverall this was a completely ridiculous novel that was very amusingNote I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review The new novel from Douglas Coupland is not as some lazy reviewers who think they re being original and witty would have My Names Friday you believe the Worst Book Ever Oh how they must have patted themselves on the back and given self hi fives when they came up with that one It is actually a brilliantly funny assault on contemporary western civilisation through the eyes of someone who just might be one of the biggest bastards in modern fictionOffensive man acts offensively his karma appears to be in the toilet he s unnaturally angry and so very completely correct about the things he verbally assaults The challenge in reading about an awful person is usually to read beyond the brash exterior the despicable actions etc and find entertainment in the prose something that a large number of sensitive souls struggle with But with Worst Person Ever Coupland takes things a step further he is not only entertainingou with his skilful choice of words whilst making astute and witty observations he forces The Gate of Heaven you to acknowledge thatou are Raymond Gunt Tutoring Lady Jane you may not scream these obscene statements out loud but I knowou ve all thought them at the very least I feel certain that our realisation of this fact will heavily contribute to ou calling it the worst novel ever not many sensitive souls out there want to face up to their inner self after allCoupland doesn t hide anything from his readers he shows American Poetry you exactly how offensive things are going to be from page one the universe delivered unto me a searing hot kebab of vasectomy leftovers drizzled in donkey jizz is followed by referring to his ex wife as a leathery cumdump and ifou re too stupid to check out at this point Every Good Girl you re settingourself up for 300 pages of hurt complete with my favourite rant of the lot I seriously wish that he had spent his entire childhood being serially arse raped by teachers scoutmasters members of the clergy relatives policemen doctors door to door salesmen and all registered sex offenders within a 500 mile radius of his unprotected bedroom Raymond Gunt is A Sixpenny Christmas your modern everyman as far as I m concerned and Douglas Coupland nails him perfectly This book is a work of artI say this knowing that Douglas Coupland is as much an artist as he is a writer It shows in his novels His w UghMaybe not the Worst Book Everbut I d have to say that no aspect of my life was improved by having read it I powered through the first half of this book and I guess it did offer some mild form of entertainment value at first but eventually I just got tired of eye roll inducing phrases like it probably tastes like a pocket calculator garnished with dried herpes juice flakes or doou have to be such a ripping cumfart about my situation It s not that I find myself offended by phrases like these in any way but I am just missing the link of how using this kind of vocabulary euates to someone being the worst person ever There are probably factors a lot worse than anything Last of the Few you ll read in this book that make someone a truly awful person As far as plot lines go I liked where it was originally headed but it just took forever to get there And whenou did get there it was still disappointing And then the ending happens and My Darling, My Hamburger you re like wait whaaaaaaa I wasn t sure if the last 30 pages were trying to instil some sort of humanity to the main character because it just didn t really seem to fit in with anything I read in an earlier reviewou never really get a sense of any character by the end of the book and I think that was spot onI ve read a lot of Coupland s earlier work and truly enjoyed it I just found the level of try hardedness increasing from chapter to chapter I don t want this to be interpreted as me hating the main character or thinking the events in the book were so horrible that therefore he did such a great job writing it I mean he wrote about some gruesome topics incest pedophilia beastiality but since the character never really acts on any of them it was like Coupland brought them into the book to make the character seem risu and expected the reader to be blown away by his use of cleverly offensive wording I didn t realize how much I really didn t like this book before writing this Worst Novel Ever Not uite but still irredeemably awful If ou were to imagine Martin Amis and Lionel Shriver at their absolu. Ng 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.
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Te nastiest then throw in all the gratuitous profanity and crudely sexual material ou could possibly think of ou d have some idea of how utterly unlikable this book isI ve somehow managed to read six Coupland novels now without ever becoming a fan That said I think The Gum Thief delightful I included it in a list of my favorite epistolary novels and JPod unforgettable even if only for the marzipan staplerProfessor Andrew Tate of Lancaster University in the UK is one of my personal literary gurus and happens to have written a terrific work of appreciation Douglas Coupland I can certainly recognize the literary ualities he cites there For instance Coupland s characters are fugitives from the story of middle class aspiration hoping to forge a new identity Coupland is a sharp critic of the alleged sterility and blandness of suburban lifewarning against the anaesthetic ualities of contemporary Western life And Generation X 1991 Microserfs 1995 and Girlfriend in a Coma read like postmodern jeremiads against the excesses of the age prompted by loathing for a mindless and corrupt commodity culture All the same I am skeptical of Coupland there is something too facile about his slick postmodern trendiness and because his books are so much a product of their time I sense that they will not euate to lasting achievement Nonetheless I have enjoyed some of his previous efforts even when they trail off into wishy washiness Worst Person Ever though is an entirely different storyOur narrator is Raymond Gunt no prizes for guessing what that rhymes with a London based cameraman whose ex wife has promised him a job filming the latest series of Survival on Kiribati Let s see What happens next He fights with a homeless guy Neal the only character I d rescue from this novel s apocalypse then hires him as his assistant on the flight from hell he manages to both deeply offend some minders of disabled children and torment a morbidly obese man who conveniently drops dead of a heart attack Gunt s foul mouth and raunchiness get him on the bad side of absolutely everyone he meets including agents of the US government which results in him being grounded at a military base and forced to re enact a dance from Billy Elliot before a crowdIn the course of a ridiculous non plot that includes a plan to drop an atomic bomb to destroy the Pacific Trash Vortex Raymond takes some trips via Ecstasy and his severe macadamia nut allergy gets thrown off the island by some prudish natives develops fixations on a Cure T shirt and a certain piece of red plastic finds himself reduced to infantilism by his dreadful mother struggles not to have a crush on his long lost teenage daughter rips some flesh off of a former lover and delivers a lovely exposition on the merits of sheep shagging He likes to think he is a cross between Jason Bourne action hero and James Bond lady s man but in fact he is a pathetic excuse for a human beingHave I made any of this sound funny I sincerely hope not I don t think I laughed once The occasional aside describing an airplane meal as a croissant stuffed by careless chimps or England as the land of tea and hard to digest food raised a smile but I was so numbed by the awfulness of the rest of the book that I wasn t in any mood for jokesThe germ of this novel appeared in Dave Eggers s McSweeney s magazine where Coupland tried to pass it off as a revival of an ancient Chinese genre known as biji or notebook This form Coupland notes can contain anecdotes uotations random musings philological speculations literary criticism and anything that the author deems worth recording Don t buy it the only thing structurally interesting about the book is the footnotes and these constitute nothing but a gimmicky poor imitation of David Foster WallaceI don t have a problem with bad language sexual perversion or gross out poop scenes Heck I even wrote a whole article in praise of the ongoing presence of scatology in literature My response is not that of a prude or an uptight religious nut But still I feel I should issue the warning that this book is filthy You will feel in need of brain bleach when ou finishIt s not as if I m not looking for saccharine niceness when I read novels I d be just as happy reading an epic tragedy as a satisfying happy endingI m only asking for a little redeeming sweetness some small fragment of meaning and humanity And that s just not present hereAs Raymond explains about Survival You re either into this show or ou re not It s binary I m afraid I m definitely not into this novel and if this is the direction Coupland is taking I m not sure I ll pick up another of his books for some time to come Worst Book Ever I can t remember hating a book as much as I hated this one I would have given it a zero if I could have I am a huge Coupland fan but I am starting to think that his best ears are behind him I hope I am wrong but this book was awful How it got past the publisher I don t know If anyone reads this and likes it Horn (Horn, you will have to tell me why because I can t find any redeeming ualities in it Don t wasteour time with this too many other books to read Coupland has تعلم jQuery فى 120 دقيقة you falling out ofour chair laughing with this one It s dirty and filthy with just the right amount of artsy edge to it that Damian (The Caine Brothers you will want to pick this up again like I did for a second go of itWorst Person EverThis is a story about a man with a load of self respect but only he has that respect for himself No one else shares itHis name is Raymond GuntYes I said Gunt please don t make the mistake that others have made and pronounced his last name another wayyou know which way I m talking about Raymond is a b unit cameraman who thinks he is the bees knees and God s gift to just about everything One day he is approached by his ex wife Fiona who ishow can I say this without offending not Raymond s biggest fan She is a bigwig for a television company and she finds the time to ruin poor Raymond s life with a slew of degrading assignmentsDon t feel too bad though Raymond is a dick He makes fun of just about everybody and everything The reader is also introduced to another character by the name of Neal who is down right hilariousThe character interaction throughout the novel will have to busting at the sides thoughou should know this book is not for the politically correct Coupland goes for the gold with his nasty humour in Worst Person Ever Some bashing but not all covers fat humour sexist humour and the worst in my opinion Bu uel Syndrome humorIndeed this is not classic Coupland but I am happy to see the lengths to which he is going for a cheap laugh This book in no way compares to his previous masterful works such as JPOD All Families are Psychotic Miss Wyoming Elenore Rigby and those are only a few He has lots of others that will make Driven by Desire you feel things nice and soft new puppy type of thingsI remember reading Microsurfs and almost crying my eyes out at that book it was touching So this one comes along and WHAM there goes all the touchy feely goodness that Doug has built up in his previousears and now we get a nasty raunchy hell of a good time with Worst Person Ever I also heard that he based his character Raymond Gunt on someone who he has recently worked with Take THAT whoever ou areFive stars all the way for Worst Person Ever I can t uite decide whether I ve grown out of Douglas Coupland or he just isn t anywhere near as good as he used to be Way back when I loved Microserfs was pretty keen on Girlfriend In a Coma and even kind of appreciated Shampoo Planet But recently I found The Gum Thief unremarkable and wasn t at all sure what the point of JPod wasAnd while this is far from the Worst Book Ever it s still Not Very Good A kind of surreal picaresue caper about a caricature of unpleasantness by the name of Raymond Gunt I wonder if he s heard of Philomena Cunk A character who could have fallen out of Martin Amis Money or perhaps appropriate. 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 ou may find Raymond Gunt an oddly likeable character.
Generation X was published in March of 1991 Since then he has published nine novels and several non fiction books in 35 languages and most countries on earth He has written and performed for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford England and in 2001 resumed his practice as a visual artist with exhibitions in spaces in North America Europe and Asia 2006 marks the premiere of the feature film Everything's Gone Green his first story written specifically for the screen and not adapted from any previous work A TV series 13 one hour episodes based on his novel