Worst. Person. Ever

Worst. Person. Ever

Book - 2013
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A B-unit cameraman 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.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2013.
ISBN: 9780345813732
0345813731
Characteristics: 317 p.

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Kathbaroon
Jul 22, 2017

The entire book is back-to-back contrived situations and poor dialogue. The characters lack depth, their personalities change at random, and every joke was cheap and predictable. I'd compare it to reading a bad fan-fiction.

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fpsutka
Oct 09, 2015

I usually enjoy reading Douglas Coupland. However this novel completely turned me off, although I did manage to finish reading it. The negativity, profanity and crudity was excessive. I agree that the plot twist at the end was gratuitous and ridiculous.
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Catmamakim May 02, 2015

You have to be in the mood for this book. It basically describes the life of a man with no morals and includes his pathetically vulgar language, homophobia, sexism, and other disgusting antics. Unrealistic but at times amusing.

diesellibrarian May 29, 2014

Never has a book angered me so. I put it down a couple of times, but then picked it up again, because I'm a big fan of Mr. Coupland's work, and I needed to trust that wherever he was taking me would be worthwhile in the end. So I feel that I put up with a lot: shallow, unlikeable characters, plot manipulation so improbable it that borders on the absurd, recycled gags, a surfeit of scatological humour, etc. It reads like a story cobbled together from the more distasteful bits wisely edited out of his previous works. A gratuitous plot twist at the very end of the book caused me to slam the book shut in anger. Never will I go back to finish the last three pages of the book. Never, I say!

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Evilida
May 28, 2014

Not really a novel. More a long shaggy dog story.

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ErinCAL
May 15, 2014

Another great read from coupland

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bradig
Apr 25, 2014

I have to agree with most of these comments. This is the "trashy magazine" in the bookshelf of literature Coupland has given us.

But it's HIS trashy content. It reads like Coupland, and that's a very good thing. No one rips on the strange and sordid bits of modern life better than he does. I hope it's a gateway for people to his other novels. They're ALL very entertaining in their own way. If you liked this character, you can't go wrong checking out Mil Millington's books, too...I saw a striking similarity. This is the perfect read for a vacation or the daily commute on ETS -- small digestible bits and a plot that bounces along one hiccup after another. The format is a clever poke at the modern attention span that led to shows like Survivor in the first place. You love to hate the main character in the same way show producers make you hate their villains, too. So, in that sense, kudos to Coupland yet again -- a mental "light snack" that highlights the light snack appetite he fears we're developing.

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sometimesy
Mar 25, 2014

After reading this, I still find Coupland to be one of my favourite authors! What an amusing read.

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jtkretzschmar
Jan 17, 2014

Never have I ever enjoyed a book where I hated the main character SO much. He really was the Worst. Person. Ever. It was a fun book because Coupland was able to poke fun at some of the more ridiculous of human traits through the eyes of someone who hates everything but himself.

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mexicanadiense
Jan 11, 2014

Relentlessly profane and absurd, the humour on display reminded me a lot of "A Year in the Merde", complete with dodgy English protagonist. It was brief and amusing, though I'm not sure it'll satisfy fans of the author's more serious work, hence the "OK" rating.

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