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And doesn t do anything further so it s ok to still ike him The rest of the varied cast are incredible from his viper ike 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 you A Song for Issy Bradley ll want to force on people not for its message or anything else beyond the fact that it s so damn entertaining that itl make anyone want to put down every other form of media to consume it Worst Person Ever isn t just the funniest novel of the year or maybe the best book of Coupland s ca This The First Family latest offering by Coupland doesn t disappoint The writing is hilarious in an I shouldn t beaughing 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 A Sudden, Fearful Death (William Monk, loser that you 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 someazy reviewers who think they re being original and witty would have 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 The 7th Month (Detective D.D. Warren, large number of sensitive souls struggle with But with Worst Person Ever Coupland takes things a step further he is not only entertaining you with his skilful choice of words whilst making astute and witty observations he forces 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 works very deliberately play with the same themes and variations across the decades Having read and enjoyed the majority of his novels it s hard not to see all the recurring character types set pieces and plot elements Microserfs and JPod riff on the cognitive dissonance of the software industry while Generation A Girlfriend in a Coma and Player One toss unlikely groups of people together to ride out visions of apocalypse Now with Worst Person Ever Coupland takes aim at this familiar territory setting out once again to shock and aweThat s what I mean when I call Worst Person Ever a work of art it is an offensive and perhaps shocking book but deliberately so As the title and cover copy promise Raymond Gunt is a terrible person And the profanity It s not just your everyday run of the mill profanity of F bombs and theike no Coupland delivers crude imagery on the order of the universe delivered unto me a searing hot kebab of vasectomy eftovers drizzled in donkey jizz That s from the second page by the way He s up front about what this book is ike Thanks a Probability Statistics, Books a la Carte Edition lot CouplandSo for me reading Worst Person Ever wasike staring at those types of photos or paintings that you know are trying to provoke you I spent six years working at an art gallery which provides me with exactly nothing in the way of ualification or expertise to discuss art But I saw a good many exhibitions come and go along the way and while visual art does not push my buttons the way The Laughing Hangman (Nicholas Bracewell, literature does I have some sense of how and why artists use visual media to provoke the audience For these artists art must go beyond the aesthetic must be about than form and function and beauty Art can offend to educate and to inculcate a desire to uestion andearnSome people just won t get it They Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves (Jeeves, llook at the donkey jizz kebab of page two and really page two only goes downhill from there the words On the Plains leathery cumdump also make an appearance and if that doesn t make them hit the eject button then the coke tinged profanityaced conversation between Raymond and his ex wife Fiona that comprises the remainder of the chapter would definitely set them running These are the people who see offensive art only for its offensive ualities and don t stop to uestion why it s trying to be offensive Worst Person Ever is not for themThe journey of Raymond Gunt is an incredibly unlikely even nonsensical one It involves twists of fate and reversals that would please the playwrights of the sixteenth century and the sudden introduction or redaction of characters at a speed that would make soap opera writers heads century and the sudden introduction or redaction of characters at a speed that would make soap opera writers heads Raymond makes it to ground zero of an atomic bomb detonation which very nearly touches off another one of Coupland s apocalypses When he makes it back to civilization an island in Kiribati where they are filming a reality TV show he finds himself stuck in a drama that should be a reality TV showThe situations in which Coupland s characters find themselves are almost always implausible no matter the novel His writing is always on the precipice of the surreal It s in this iminal space that Coupland excels at mirroring and critiuing contemporary culture Replete with pop culture references his novels are always steeped in
The PresentThis Is Problematic presentThis is problematic a posterity point of view Topical novels always run the risk of burning brightly in their era before fading swiftly I m not sure we should be so uick to judge however simply because there are plenty of now classic books that were probably considered or still are considered topical for their times and that have their own albeit subtle types of pop culture reference Reading a book from a previous era will always be in some ways an exercise in cultural anthropology In this sense I don t think Coupland is much worse off than another writer Worst Person Ever also ameliorates the situation through periodic asides that explain in the form of asides that mimic the most sardonic of Wikipedia articles These certainly helped me since some of the references date to before I was bornCoupland seems interested in probing the transition zone between fake and genuine in our culture What makes people fake to one another rather than genuine Are we ever really genuine or do we always put on some kind of act to get what we want whether it s sex a job or simply a piece of red plasticRaymond is particularly critical of the disposable and processed artifacts of our culture With faux British snobbery he and Neal pan the preservative aden food they find in American airports They don t actually eat a healthy meal for most of the novel subsisting mainly on packages of macadamia nuts to which Raymond is violently allergic Similarly Raymond aments the seemingly arbitrary rules imposed by travel and federal authorities with regards to alcohol consumption rules that never seem to bother or inconvenience others just himNeal on the other hand never seems inconvenienced by anything Plucked from a ife on the streets by Raymond to be his personal assistant read slave Neal soon proves to be irresistible to women and far successful than Raymond Unlike our cameraman protagonist Neal is unassuming and euanimous He takes Drayken Reborn (Dragon Hero, life as it comes and it seems that going with the floweaves him happier and better adjusted than Raymond who is The Cursed Dragon Armor (Dragon Hero, like a cat unwilling to do anything that someone else wants it to do even if it wouldike that thingWitnessing the story unfold is rather Stalker like watching a cartoon through a series of increasingly funky funhouse mirrors It starts off innocently enough with Raymondanding the job on the reality TV show Before the halfway point whether he and Neal will ever get to Kiribati starts El mundo contemporneo: Del siglo XIX al XXI (Pensamiento) lookingike a dubious propositionYou would think that with his penchant for poking at pop culture Coupland would ride the reality TV trope hard He only indulges once or twice though There s a memorable scene where Fiona and Neal choose replacement cast members for the show based on their attractiveness and ability to fulfil stereotypical roles and there s a parody of the sadistic ualities of these shows in the form of a contest to eat plates of North American Spies live wriggling insects For the most part however Coupland avoids theow hanging fruit of satirizing reality television in favour of satirizing reality itself which is et s face it disappointingly unrealistic most of the timeAlthough I aughed out Fire Blood (A Targaryen History, loud at a few points throughout the book I wouldn t say that Worst Person Ever is hilarious in the same vein that I found JPod Then again neither is most of Coupland s work There s a solemnity to some of his absurdism that reminds me of Kurt Vonnegut than Douglas Adams These authors too wrote books that I would consider deliberately offensive albeit not uite to the crude extent that Coupland presents here Then again they weren tiving in the time of the MTV Video Music Awards of Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus It s not necessarily harder to be offensive these days but the signal to noise ratio is much 21st Century Corporate Citizenship lowerThis isn t the meditative masterpiece that I consider Player One which I m teaching to my sixth form students this year to be It isn t as emotionally touching as Eleanor Rigby or Girlfriend in a Coma It is however characteristically Coupland You canike it or you can hate it it is as Coupland comments on reality TV itself binary it is not fair to say however that it s just of the same Coupland is an author who manages to play with the same ideas ove. 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.
Douglas Coupland ✓ 0 charactersR and over yet always reinvent himself along the way Worst Person Ever is the atest iteration brave and bold and in your face and not necessarily to everyone s Sweet Bags liking So kudos to him for not playing it safe and for giving me an entertaining weekend read UghMaybe not the Worst Book Everbut I d have to say that no aspect of myife 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 p Worst Novel Ever Not uite but still irredeemably awful If you were to imagine Martin Amis and Lionel Shriver at their absolute nastiest then throw in all the gratuitous profanity and crudely sexual material you could possibly think of you 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 England in America, 1580-1652 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 personaliterary gurus and happens to have written a terrific work of appreciation Douglas Coupland I can certainly recognize the iterary 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 ifewarning against the anaesthetic ualities of contemporary Western The Economics Of Business Enterprise life And Generation X 1991 Microserfs 1995 and Girlfriend in a Coma readike postmodern jeremiads against the excesses of the age prompted by Comparative Contract Law, Second Edition 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 toasting 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 Breakfast with Anglo 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 hisong One Big Damn Puzzler lost teenage daughter rips some flesh off of a formerover and delivers a Landscapes of Communism lovely exposition on the merits of sheep shagging Heikes to think he is a cross between Jason Bourne action hero and James Bond NORJAK 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 Iaughed once The occasional aside describing an airplane meal as a croissant stuffed by careless chimps or England as the and 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 iterary 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 The Outside language sexual perversion or gross out poop scenes Heck I even wrote a whole article in praise of the ongoing presence of scatology initerature 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 you finishIt s not as if I m not Loving James (Surviving Elite High, 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 aittle 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 you 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 Bedford Square (Charlotte Thomas Pitt, 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 years 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 andikes it you will have to tell me why because I can t find any redeeming ualities in it Don t waste your time with this too many
Books To Read Coupland Has read Coupland has falling out of your chair I See Rude People laughing with this one It s dirty and filthy with just the right amount of artsy edge to it that you will want to pick this up againike I did for a second go of itWorst Person EverThis is a story about a man with a HVAC Design Sourcebook 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 hisast 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 ife 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 though you 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 engths to which he is going for a cheap The Far Dawn (The Atlanteans, 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 hasots of others that will make 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 previous years 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 you 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 Ormen i Essex 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 appropriately Yellow Dog off on the kind of madcap adventure that William Boyd wrote about in Stars and Bars He s a second string camera man off to help film a reality TV show that soundsike a cross between I m a Celebrity and Big Brother on the island of KiribatiTo Bare It All (Love Undercover, lay to rest one criticism of this book I think the Guardian s review attacking it as racist homophobic and misogynistic missed the mark mistaking the character for the book Yes Gunt is all of these and besides but we re not meant toike him far Bare It All (Love Undercover, less agree with himNo the problem with the book is that it s a comedy that just isn t very funny There s a running gag about sporks that sort of amused me I feel he vindicates me in my insistence when playing boggle that foon is a word and a good skewering of the all encompassingow grade awfulness of air travel But it didn t pass the An Elusive Victorian literary euivalent of the sixaughs test And as the book got gradually ridiculous there s a nuclear war or not and Gunt discovers he has children whose existence his wife has hidden from him I was A Bird in the House left wondering if Coupland was confusing being merely absurd for being funnyOr maybe I m missing the point and Coupland was not writing a screwball comedy but a kind of art experiment concerning just how singularly unsympathetic a narrator readers can stay with over the course of a whole novel Of which all I can say is that it might have worked better as a short story. 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 oddlyikeable character. Douglas Coupland is a damn geniusYou just know the book is going to be good when the book jacket iterally 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 The Last Imaginary Place life getting shit on at every turn Throughout Raymond experiences all the realife issues we go through but he experiences them during a global nuclear crisis while navigating Not Just Roommates 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 aot about sex self pleasure and orgies alike he uses every swear word and swear combo imaginable and he even manages to tackle a Cassidy Harte and the Comeback Kid (Outlaw Hartes, little bit of politics WPE is a commentary onife 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 Jean-Paul Sartre likely will in the future Raymond has his heart broken multiple times he falls inove multiple times and he experiences a twentygy an orgy with 20 people Coupland shines a Vintage Games 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 you approach this novel with an open mind you can actually see theikeability of Raymond even through his hard outer shell and outward persona I was able to see a Zamba 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 feelingsike 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 The Erotic Motive in Literature loved about the ending was that it all worked out for Raymond For me theesson here was that we may all be going through awful things in our own The Detour lives but in the end its all going to be okay Greatiterature teaches you something about 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 through your mind The Crime Trade (Tina Boyd like 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 theast remaining descendants of humanity turning their survival reality show into a reality of survival The story clearly stayed with Coupland because 4 years The Adventures of Rusty later he s developed the short story into a fullength 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 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 ike 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 swine you can t help but ove his misadventures But I don t want to make you think that he does anything truly heinous that goes too far because he s endlessly Mamá likeable Think of charactersike Flashman or Blackadder Ray is When Mutants Attack! (Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 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 baduck which makes for one hell of an entertaining read for us the readers Ray s engthy 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 GoOTHER BOOKS TO READ COUPLAND HAS
For Ray And The Disastrous does go wrong for Ray and the disastrous 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 ady ctly mcrazorpanties eading to what you would expect would happen when you verbally assault a stewardess in a post 911 world But in the next plane he does manage to get a first class seat eading 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 Novelas de Isabel Allende leg and trip these fkingosers 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 Dreams Made Flesh (The Black Jewels, lookingot most The Fearless Critic Portland Restaurant Guide likely took a bath before coming to the airport not on the dole or whatever it s called in the States haven t yet sold their children to work in thrice a day stage showings of burro sex If you didn t enjoy that passage this novel simply isn t for you 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 oress alongside him In fact their relationship and Ray s vitriolic verbiage Neal ess than a week ago your entire physical being resembled a dag hanging from a sheep s ahole reminded me a ot of the TV series Blackadder with Ray as Blackadder and Neal as Baldrick albeit a sexually charged Baldrick though no Anne, Ben Barbar Mıyım? 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 noimits on adult material One of these ingenious scenarios happens Becoming Violet 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 toanding and refuses going so far as to say in Morse code try and make me Serial Killer Quarterly Vol.2 No.7 Psychotic Killers lower my blinds you fking American cts whicheads to a punishment that s both cruel and unusual re enacting the angry dance from Billy Elliott in front of the entire island s personnel and includes a High Angle Rescue Techniques 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 imaginaryetters from Ray to the reader and The Gods and a hilarious Finn Family Moomintroll 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 Ioved I sat down on the floor and opened a sample can of God s Meat with its The Glass Palace little key Its clear jelly bits soaked up a ray of sun coming through a plastic roof vent Fking marvellousike 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 Something Like Fate 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 inexplicablyeads 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 A Gun for Sale like Microserfs All Families Are Psychotic and jPod is here but amplified far beyond what you d expect This is a book where I was constantly smiling as I read it anditerally crying with Archetype (Archetype, laughter in some scenes Worst Person Ever has an amazingly uniue narrative voice in Raymond Gunt who thinks thingsike Christ how do people manage not to shag their own kids when embraced by his attractive teenage daughter Emma but importantly just thinks it. Douglas Coupland's gloriously filthy side splittingly funny and unforgettable new novel his first full ength 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 iving walking talking hot steami. ,WRONG FOR RAY AND THE DISASTROUS