Worst. Person. Ever. de Douglas CouplandWorst. Person. Ever. de Douglas Coupland

Worst. Person. Ever.

deDouglas Coupland

Couverture souple | 27 mai 2014 | Anglais

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A national bestseller, Douglas Coupland's Worst. Person. Ever. is a gloriously filthy, side-splittingly funny and unforgettable novel. Now in paperback.
     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, Raymond 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. But you will want to wash his mouth out with soap.
DOUGLAS COUPLAND is a Canadian writer, designer and visual artist. His first novel was the 1991 international bestseller Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. He has published 14 novels, 2 collections of short stories, 7 non-fiction books and a number of dramatic and comedic works for stage, film and TV. In May 2014, Coupland...
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Titre :Worst. Person. Ever.Format :Couverture soupleDimensions de l'article :336 pages, 7,95 × 5,15 × 0,91 poDimensions à l'expédition :7,95 × 5,15 × 0,91 poPublié le :27 mai 2014Publié par :Random House of CanadaLangue :Anglais

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ISBN - 10 :034581374X

ISBN - 13 :9780345813749

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1. Raymond Gunt considers himself a reasonable person, do you agree or disagree? What were your first impressions of him? Did they change by the end of the book? 2. Discuss how Raymond is a product of our society. Is he a twenty-first century antihero, or a spiteful misanthrope who you want to see fail? Does he say the things the rest of us only think?3. Does Raymond possess any redeeming qualities? Do you consider him the “worst” character in the novel? 4. Coupland has addressed the sacred in the past, whereas on the surface this book seemingly addresses only the profane. Did you glean any deeper meaning within the narrative? Is there a hopeful angle to Raymond’s attitude? 5. Worst. Person. Ever. was inspired by a story Coupland wrote for McSweeney’s called “Survivor,” written in the form of biji, as per the epigraph. How does it compare to other fictional genres you are familiar with?  6. This novel is also written in first person (like many of Coupland’s other works), so the narrative is filtered through Raymond’s mind, and is presented in his mean-spirited and foul voice. Does Raymond inadvertently offer a refreshing perspective? Discuss how this affected your reading experience.7. Coupland is known for his socially astute satire and penchant for pop-culture. Do you see Worst. Person. Ever. as a departure from his norm? Do you consider having a strong sense of irony a prerequisite to “getting” this novel?8. Neal’s transformation from vagrant-by-choice to stud muffin becomes the yin to Raymond’s loathsome, malignant yang. Are Raymond and Neal the archetypical “odd couple”? Is Neal a satirical ubermensch to Raymond’s self-hating loser?9. Discuss the relationships in the book. Which do you find the most compelling? Fiona and Ray? Stuart and Sarah?10. How do you feel about the treatment of female characters in the story? Is there an underlying metacommentary on women as sexual objects?11. Were you surprised by the trajectory of Raymond and Sarah’s romance? Did you pick up on any red herrings?12. Do you see any of yourself in any of the characters?13. In an age of political correctness, were you offended? What offended you the most and why?14. Who is your Jason Bourne? Your Mr. Bean?15. What do you think about the ironic treatment of serious topics that this novel alights on? American surveillance, cultural imperialism, modern media, the Pacific Trash Vortex, nuclear war, to name a few. Is it insightful and prescient at dissecting our current culture?16. Coupland’s books tend to take place in the present, like time capsules. How will this book read differently in ten years? What will people take home from it? Can you see it as a clever reflection of our current state?17. Do you have a favourite insult, offensive comment or vulgar turns of phrase?18. Are we collectively the worst society ever right NOW?19. What might people act like if they thought it was the end of the world? What would you do if you thought it was the end of the world?20. How do you feel at the end of the book? Will you recommend Worst. Person. Ever. to your friends? Why, or why not?21. What do you do to make sure that you don’t become your worst self?

Critiques

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