Worst. Person. Ever.

Hardcover | October 8, 2013

byDouglas Coupland

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Douglas Coupland's gloriously filthy, side-splittingly funny and unforgettable new novel, his first full-length work of fiction in four years.

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.

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Douglas Coupland's gloriously filthy, side-splittingly funny and unforgettable new novel, his first full-length work of fiction in four years.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, ho...

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...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 1.1 inPublished:October 8, 2013Publisher:Random House Of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780345813732

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gunt the Gumby Raymond Gunt is a horrible person that you will love to hate. You will feel good about yourself while hating him and hate yourself a little for cheering him on. Douglas Coupland scores again.
Date published: 2015-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worst person ever Wow.makes you blush,laugh and cringe at every turn
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book If you like Coupland, you will likely enjoy this book. I found it to be funny and an enjoyable read.
Date published: 2014-09-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst.Book.Ever Lost me with 9/11 joke. It's never okay to joke about such atrocities.
Date published: 2014-08-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst. Book. Ever. Funny as a crutch.
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worst. Person. Ever. Best. Book. Yet. .
Date published: 2014-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amusing read! Quite funny at times with an absurd storyline that pulls you in deeper with every page. Light and delightful!
Date published: 2014-04-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't waste your money Pathetic book. Not funny, not interesting.
Date published: 2013-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worst. Person. Ever. This is an exceptionally funny read. A must!
Date published: 2013-11-13

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER “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